Hey guys. Since acceptances are rolling in I guess it's that time to ask what schools to pick. It is a highly individual question, and obviously everybody is going to put different emphasis on different aspects, but I was just wondering how people were generally gonna consider their options. I know most people say research fit is really important, but what if you're not sure exactly what you wanted to do? Or a professor you know is doing stuff you find really interesting, but you really don't like him that much as a person? Since I started this thread, I'll give my thoughts.
To me, it seems professor personality is not that important. Obviously you don't want to be with somebody you loathe, but since that's more of a working relationship, it seems like it doesn't matter if you guys are immediately best friends after meeting. Research topic, however, seems really important, since I think I'd rather work on something I find really interesting with a professor I only mildly like than working on something I don't like that much with a really personable professor.
With that said, I do think school vibe, and the rest of your classmates, is very important. While you don't see your professor everyday, it seems like you are going to see your other students a lot over the next 5-7 years. Am I wrong in thinking that atmosphere and friendliness of other students should be a huge motivating factor?
Those are the 2 things that really came to mind. Would love to hear other people's opinions on this subject.