OK, so I am seriously torn, as per Natalie Imbruglia, with this one and I thought I'd throw it out to the crazy cats of cyburbia for some suggestions.
Now, from what I've gathered, everyone seems to advocate spending the least possible amount on their graduate education. However, for me, that would mean staying here (home) in Albany, and attending SUNY (I know GeogPlanner and Downtown are rfrom the ALB, so perhaps you guys have more insight into their program) and getting more of a policy based education (right?) a mini cooper s (a new ride--bonus), and I keep the job that I have now (I work in the govt relations dept of a NYC law firm).
OR, or...being electrocuted. Hehe, sorry, a "So I Married An Axe Murderer" moment. I digress, or going to Pratt in Brooklyn--joining almost all of my friends who have moved to the city, paying more than double in rent, not mention more in tuition and cost of living....but also living in an awesome city. I was accepted into the MSCRP program with a specialization in historic preservation planning--the program at Pratt is really exactly what I want, but the price tag is tough to take and it's my dime. I think this would be a great opportunity, but...I don't know. We'll see. Obviously, I need to do what's best for me, but either choice could work.
I just don't want to regret anything either way and since I really don't know anyone one in the field, I send this out to you guys. Thank you and God speed.