Hi, I was accepted into Northeastern’s Honors program to study chemical engineering. They gave me a $25k scholarship for 4 years. So it would be about $50k a year. I was also accepted into UCLA to study chemE but didnt get any financial or merit aid. Im out of state so it would cost around $65k a year.
A little bit about me: I want to study chemE because I’m super passionate about climate justice. I would like to minor in something like Energy Systems/Sustainability and Spanish because I have lots of AP credits. I would also like to go to grad school to get a masters.
What do you think I should do? What else should I factor in? Do you think its better to have more work or research experience during your undergrad as an engineer?
Here are some things I am considering!
What I love about UCLA:
-amazing research opportunities
-seminar style classes
-study abroad options!
-opportunities for internships
-I am comfortable with socal/la because my family is from there
-engineering community is very strong!
some things i dont like:
-big, classes are overwhelming
-it seems like I would really have to advocate for myself (even more so than if I went to northeastern)
-gender gap in engineering department
as for northeastern I love that:
-guaranteed 1 years worth of work experience that can be abroad or even in research
-smaller classes, personal attention
-study abroad is very accessible and encouraged
-boston is an amazing city!
i dont like:
-it seems like they don’t have as many research opportunities
-the transition between co-op and school could be difficult cause you’re going 6 months without studying