24 hours to decide where to live!
May 29, 2012 12:06 PM Subscribe
My husband has been accepted to med school in Buffalo and Syracuse. We have to pick one by tomorrow (!) and pros and cons are overwhelming. Which would be the best choice for our family?
posted by mandlebrotz to grab bag (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My husband got into medical school (yay!) as a "non-traditional" student -- i.e. he's older and has a family. We have to decide between Buffalo and Syracuse (Upstate) by noon tomorrow and need help!
We currently live in Manhattan and have two small children (6 months and 2.5). I work as a Digital Media exec at a major media company, but I am willing/wanting to leave that behind for a slower pace and more time with the kids. I'd like to find a job that I can do remotely and/or on a part-time basis.
We're not religious and generally pretty liberal. We look forward to access to the outdoors but aren't particularly athletic. In theory, we like museums, theatre, and good restaurants. Finding the right environment in which to raise our children is most important to us, a place where we can all feel comfortable and happy.
As far as we can tell, the two med schools are fairly even. Seems like Buffalo has a slightly better reputation, but Upstate might have a slightly smaller workload, so the two balance out.
We have some family in Syracuse, and distance-wise it's definitely much more drivable to NY, where our parents and most of our friends still live. But that said, we find the city a little less desirable. (Seems like the traffic/commute to school will be worse for my husband, which means even less time seeing him.)
So, can anyone weigh in on this from a couple of different angles?
-Does anyone have knowledge of the quality of life in Syracuse and/or Buffalo? How bad is the crime? How nice are the neighbors? Figure we'll be in the suburbs either way.
-Any past, current, or future med students with thoughts on the two schools that might help us decide? It's hard, from a distance, to really assess the differences.
-Has anyone faced a similar decision, who might have tips on how to best reach a decision?
Thank you all so much, we really appreciate any thoughts you might have!