I’m a high school senior wanting to go into something along the lines of political communication/public affairs, and I’ve been looking at schools in DC because it seemed like an obvious step. I love DC more than anywhere else and would kill to do my undergrad and eventually end up there permanently, but I have a few concerns:
I won’t get any merit aid from georgetown so my #1 in DC has recently been GW, but I honestly haven’t heard great things. My stats are pretty good—1500 sat, 4.4 gpa, flute for 9 years, two leadership positions, etc.—so I feel okay about the possibility of getting some merit at GW, but I would most likely still graduate with a significant amount of debt. So: is it worth going to GW (the main things that get me are all of the internship opportunities due to location)? Would I get similar advantages just by going to a state school and doing a DC semester program? I’m basically trying to figure out what’s going to give me the best opportunities to establish a career in DC.
Thanks for any help/experience you have to offer!!