Dear monkeys (especially those across the pond),
I am a Master's student at a European target school and have the option to study in the States as part of my degree. I have narrowed my preferred choices down to these three schools and would be very interested to hear your thoughts.
Key decision points:
- As this will most likely be the last year of my studies, I am mostly looking to get that "real" U.S. college experience, building a meaningful network and just enjoying myself thoroughly
- I intend to travel around and visit multiple states / cities
- I could see myself returning to the U.S. to work and build a family there long-term, most likely East Coast and potentially West Coast later on, not sure how these schools are acknowledged in different parts of the U.S.
Although I am aware none of these schools really place into the HYP bracket (simply rephrashing comments from existing threads), prestige as such does not play a key role in my decision (already attended target schools for both my undergrad and master's so I think that should open up enough doors). I would thus prefer any of the above points over a marginal increase in perceived "prestige".
Finally, I do not intend to turn this into a competition between schools of any sort, I'd really just value your honest opinion.