I would appreciate any feedback on the graduate planning programs at U of Texas/Austin and at Georgia Tech. I had pretty much decided to attend Georgia Tech, but was offered a comparable assistance package by UT today. My interests are in urban design, development, and real estate.
I was also wondering what others' experiences have been with graduate research assistantships. Do they end up taking away from your studies, or do they add to the overall experience? Also, is this something employers will value?
After graduation I hope to work in the private sector and I'm curious how influential each school's degree will be throughout the country. I don't have an allegiance to any particular place, but I would like to eventually settle in the West or Southwest. Initially, I will go wherever the best opportunities emerge.