How important decisions get made, part 2.
When you live in the DC metro area (as I have for most of my life), you start to take certain things for granted. A master’s degree and fluency in French and Arabic is a reasonable requirement for an administrative assistant position. Helicopters circling the neighborhood is no cause for concern. $1000/month is what you pay for a 400 square foot studio apartment. And those of us who have lived elsewhere like to indulge in rent porn sometimes. I’ll say, “Oh man, when I lived in St. Paul? I shared a two bedroom apartment, and the rent on the whole thing was less than what I pay for my single room in a group house. And! Heat was included. In Minnesota. Yeaaaaah.”
So the grad school selection process begins with finding the very short list of schools that offer evening courses, and then it just devolves into rent porn in their respective cities. “I hear Portland State is a great school. And, ohmygod, you can get a two-bedroom for $800, according to the Google Maps real estate feature.”