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US Cities, Campus areas: which areas are okay, which suck?

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5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 7:29:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
So I don't normally venture into journals, but this certainly belongs here.

I'm deciding on schools to which I will apply and want a few opinions on city areas (particularly, if people can comment on the state of the cities in question around their medical campuses); I'm not exactly going to spend a fortune on traveling to these places before I'm even offered an interview, after all.

So here goes a list, as it currently stands:

Seattle, WA - U Wash
Chicago, IL - Northwestern U
Cleveland, OH - Case Western Reserve U
Boston, MA - Boston U
Hanover, NH - Dartmouth Med
Cincinatti, OH - U of Cincinatti
Los Angeles, CA - U SoCal, Keck School of Med

That's an abbreviated list as of now, and my "top" schools of choice (not that I'm looking at a great chance of acceptance at any of these).

5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 7:31:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'll add more as I continue; I'm probably going to have a final application list of about 20 schools, considering out of state acceptance rates are generally around 5% everywhere.

So to re-iterate: What I really want here is some testimonial evidence as to which areas really are just sh*tty, and which aren't so bad to live in. Parks, water nearby, if traffic really really sucks, that sort of thing.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 7:31:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
My vote is for hanover.

mostly because dartmouth.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 7:35:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/25/09 - 7:31:29 PM HylianNinja wrote:
My vote is for hanover. mostly because dartmouth.


Prime example of what I'm not looking for.

I've got school rankings, program information, costs, average MCAT scores, and everything at my fingertips, but U.S. News and assorted college websites aren't doing a lot to tell me if any given city is, say, infested with creepy people or has a terrible rat problem, or is across the street from a park with a lake that always has attractive people jogging every day, or such.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:09:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
I vote for Chicago.
Because it's my favourite city, EVER!
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:17:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've had 3 friends go to UChicago and they all loved it.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:24:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
What would be wrong with the University of Michigan? ANn Arbor is a quaint town!
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:34:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/25/09 - 8:24:17 PM BluPineRidge wrote:
What would be wrong with the University of Michigan? ANn Arbor is a quaint town!


Their average MCAT scores are intimidating, that's what.

How is Ann Arbor, though? I might throw it on there for sh*ts and giggles.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:36:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've had friends go to Ann Arbor too. They said they are big on recycling there, which is apparently weird for Michigan.

Or so they were told...
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:36:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
AND the only person I know who went to USC became a cinema for adult viewing star. So there's that..
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:37:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Monday 5/25/09 - 8:36:59 PM j2moneyj2d2 wrote:
AND the only person I know who went to USC became a cinema for adult viewing star. So there's that..


Woohoo! USC it is!!!
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:49:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
Continued list, if anyone wants to comment on other locations:

Philadelphia, PA - Temple U
Columbus, OH - Ohio State U
Boston, MA - Tufts U
Ann Arbor, MI - U of Michigan (there, I threw it on there)
Houston, TX - Baylor College of Med
Farmington, CT - U of Connecticut
Burlington, VT - U of Vermont

All the above are ranked in either research or primary care, as is my current alma mater, University of Kentucky; it's an obvious on the list, and I already know about the surrounding area and what sort of stuff there is to do, where the parks are, how pedestrian friendly it is, etc. University of Louisville is on there for an in-state backup, too, but I know that area pretty well already too.

Know that I'm not taking votes on where I'll go, nor necessarily where I'll apply; these are just high-tier candidates, and if I find out that the place just sucks, I know not to bother.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 8:51:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Boston as a city and environment is very nice. Quite clean, good restaurants, all that.

However, the people are enormous assholes all the time. This is something that's pretty spread throughout the whole northeast.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 9:10:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
Another factor, by the way, which won't seem immediately obvious to normal residents:

Coffee houses and the like are a major plus. I'm not big on coffee, but indep. coffee houses are great places for me to study. Relatively laid back, and yet the public atmosphere keeps me from doing stuff like goofing off on youtube and casual games all day on a laptop.

Another factor which not all residents may notice in their daily lives, but would certainly matter to me is certainly a location's nightlife. Pref. (gay) dance clubs; I'm not much of a club kid, but once every other month or so I just like to go out and dance a bit, mainly as a break from stress and such. Which ties in a bit to general tolerance attitudes in an area; I've ruled out Atlanta schools from the beginning for those reasons.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 9:13:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
oh, Boston is totally tolerant and gay-friendly. I don't think they have a very strong coffee-house market though.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 9:14:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Well, do you know if there's one or two local ones nearby their med school campuses, perhaps?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 9:16:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know the place that well yet...I do know that Racmoron could help you out though. she knows the city like the back of her hand.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:19:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
Can't speak for most of those, but both Seattle and Boston rock. In totally different ways. I would definitely consider taking a permanent position in either of those cities. Though preferably Seattle.

I notice none of those are "southern" Are you applying to any that you would be in-state for?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:20:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seattle is king of the coffee shop. Boston will have *pleanty*. There are eight universities in Boston - tons of students - - > tons of coffee shops.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:23:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
Catch, my in state options are University of Kentucky and University of Louisville.

I'm already attending UK, and am somewhat familiar with Louisville; therefore, I'm not asking about those so much.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:25:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Gotcha. 'Cause out of state med school applications are pretty nasty. But I guess you know that.

How many do you think you'll apply to total? And do you mind if I ask what your MCAT score is?
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:27:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
Somewhere around 15 when all is said and done.

And I'd rather keep MCAT scores to PMs.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:30:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah, I guess it's not really all that important to discuss. If you're looking at those schools it's pretty good.

Good luck! I wouldn't go any lower than 15. Blech. Stupid med schools. You should really consider graduate school. The getting in part is much less work (getting out, now that's a different story).
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:32:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ann Arbor is ok. LA is the suck.
5 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 5/25/09 - 10:35:13 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh, I'm in Los Angeles...
But I go to UCLA.
I heard USC's area isn't so great...
But people are biased here.

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