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Old 03-23-2009, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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[quote=TexasHorseLady;8008631]dldupuy, sorry for the misunderstanding about gender, for some reason your posts just gave me that impression.


It's ok as I am a very straight forward kind of woman. Also maybe because I ride a motorcycle however I am very very feminine and can turn heads! Actually if you see me in my regular attire you would say like everyone else says "you don't look like you ride a motorcycle" and I always take that as a complement!

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Old 03-23-2009, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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You said you find it interesting that whenever someone says something bad about Austin that people from Austin jump in. I pointed out that all I did, when you said something that was inaccurate about Austin, was to answer the OP's questions one by one according to my own experience. Now, that DID clarify that you had stated something that was not, indeed, accurate, and evidently that made you so defensive that you're on the attack. I could say that I find it interesting how often some people from Houston find it necessary to attack another city. Wonder why that is?

As for how far you can climb if you're ambitious in Austin - how about Michael Dell? Lance Armstrong? The founders of Whole Foods? The list could go on and on - it has a lot more to do with the person than with the city, I suspect.

As for your last "gotcha" - you clearly haven't read many of my posts, is all I can say, and you are judging me based not on what I'm saying on here, but on one small facet of my person.

As for the motorcycle - biker chick from way back. Though it was BMW's and Nortons and Triumphs and Vincents and such.
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Old 03-23-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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[quote=TexasHorseLady;8012506]You said you find it interesting that whenever someone says something bad about Austin that people from Austin jump in. I pointed out that all I did, when you said something that was inaccurate about Austin, was to answer the OP's questions one by one according to my own experience. Now, that DID clarify that you had stated something that was not, indeed, accurate, and evidently that made you so defensive that you're on the attack. I could say that I find it interesting how often some people from Houston find it necessary to attack another city. Wonder why that is?

What did I say that was inaccurate? I am not on the attack but so fed up with Austinites jumping down the post of anyone who gives their honest assessment if asked about Houston vs. Austin. You see it as an attack! I am glad that you all do that so it will show outsiders what kind of mindset they will find in Austin. I traveled to Dallas a handful of times and every time I mentioned I was from Houston people said good things about Houston. Every time I mentioned during my 1.5 years of living in Austin that I was from Houston I heard nothing but "get down and kiss the ground and thank God you are here and out of Houston" I was amazed by that and would tell them I like Houston.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I would agree with the other posters that for all items on your list EXCEPT diversity, Austin is the better place. Houston wins the diversity contest hands down over any other city in Texas... but that's really it. Houston does have neighborhoods that are like Austin (University town/educated/laid back feel), but really any big metro will have that... Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, etc. Any big city with a major university will have an equivalent area. However, it doesn't mean that neighborhood feel translates into the feel of the whole city, like it does in Austin.

As others have said, you should visit each place and see which feels right. You may find certain items on your list become more/less important based on your visit. Whatever you do, stay away from the suburbs in both cities; they are no place for a single college gal, and you won't get the experience you are seeking in your list. Save the suburbs for when you have kids!
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I would agree with the other posters that for all items on your list EXCEPT diversity, Austin is the better place.
Austin is better for museums, festivals and food? I think I'd have to disagree.
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Old 03-23-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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I traveled to Dallas a handful of times and every time I mentioned I was from Houston people said good things about Houston. Every time I mentioned during my 1.5 years of living in Austin that I was from Houston I heard nothing but "get down and kiss the ground and thank God you are here and out of Houston" I was amazed by that and would tell them I like Houston.
This just made me laugh
I encountered a few people like that too, while living in Austin. They'd say things like that and I wasn't quite sure if they were joking or not. Oh well... I suppose they don't know any better.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Funny, when I was living in Dallas (granted long, long, long ago), I heard that fairly frequently about Houston. Heard it a lot all over the state, in fact. Didn't take it seriously.
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Old 03-23-2009, 03:12 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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...So Houston would have obvious advantages for starting to network, obtain internships, attend prof. assoc. meetings etc while you're still in school vs Austin. ...
It really boils down to whether you want your grad-school period of life to be an extension of your undergrad college days (Austin)or the beginning of your adult life (Houston).
I think bamba_boy is spot-on with this assessment.
I too have lived in both cities.
In Houston you do have Menninger, and both M. D. Anderson and Baylor College of Medicine have large Behavioral Science units. These would be great options for internships or post-grad work. In Houston you also have a choice of medical schools, should you ever decide to go that route. Basically, there's just lots more available in your field (both schooling and work) in Houston than Austin, and I think it would give you more options.

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Hello everyone, I am originally from Oklahoma but am currently looking at grad schools in the psychology department at UT-Austin, St. Edwards, Univ. of Houston & Rice to name a few. ...
A few things that I'm looking for:
-graduate housing/decent apartments (I'm on a budget :/, proximity to campuses)
-graduate campus life (how grad-friendly are these cities?)
-dog-friendly cities
-cultural activities/nightlife (I love festivals, museums, art galleries, live music, various foods, bellydancing, cooking classes)
-diversity
-activities for singles (volunteering opportunities, etc.)
I think you can find all of these in both cities. Houston on a much larger scale - being such a huge city with world-class offerings as far as culture/arts/museums/restaurants are concerned.

As far as specific schools, Rice is top-notch. Everyone knows that and a degree from there I'm sure would look great. UT-Austin isn't shabby either. UH is fine... some programs there are better than others; that's the kind of place your field matters more than the degree from the school in general. I'm not that familiar with St. Edwards. Good luck in whatever you decide!
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Old 03-23-2009, 08:05 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for all of your responses, I am looking into UH & Rice's departments moreso than UT Austin/St. Edwards. I'm kind of looking to finally get out of OK & Houston seems like it's job economy is more my speed...so I think I will research further. Thanks again for the help.
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Old 03-23-2009, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Central Bay Area, CA as of Jan 2010...but still a proud Texan from Houston!
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Thanks everyone for all of your responses, I am looking into UH & Rice's departments moreso than UT Austin/St. Edwards. I'm kind of looking to finally get out of OK & Houston seems like it's job economy is more my speed...so I think I will research further. Thanks again for the help.


Way to go Chanteuse! I hope all works out very well for you. It is so unfortunate that folks like me have to endure abuse at the hands of people that don't like my message. I will never back down and will continue to spread the truth If you need any help... I have had to swithc my profile to private but contact me via this thread and I will make it open so that you can DM me and I will be more than happy to help you in any way possible in this city of mine! If not I wish you nothing but success!!!!

Sincerely,
Diana
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