Thanks Claudy - yeah the drinking age really factors in there. :P
Nice to have another new yorker's perspective Bismarck...
Well I do have to pay for dorms if i go to NYU because my parents are moving down to Florida. To answer your question mobb_theprequel, Stern will probably end up costing me $45,000-50,000/year including dorm/living/tuition, which I figure is roughly the same as it would cost me per year to attend LSE (international fees, plus factor in the horrible exchange rate.)
Overall though, the way I figure it, it will only take me 3 years to get a degree @ LSE which is like $50,000 x 3 = $150,000. At Stern its $30,000/year (50,000 - 20,000 scholarship) but for 4 years = $120,000.
So the difference is really $30,000 - a difference of less than $10,000 a year in the end, from that perspective.
Plus the dollar could get stronger (or weaker for that matter...so I guess thats another risk involved...)
Bismarck you make a good point about the type of work I'd be doing, even if for an immediately higher paycheck. I cannot picture myself doing office work, and my interest is much greater in int'l relations. However, I don't know where I would work in int'l relations as I really don't want to be in the US gov't, and the UN seems pretty pointless/powerless at the moment.....
In school (to answer your question) I'm definately a full out humanities person (social studies, history, politics, english) although if I need to be I can be good at economics, maybe a little less so at math. But in terms of enjoying what I'm learning, humanities definitely.
Thanks everyone for your input!