My friend asked me today about my thoughts on a tough choice he is currently facing. He must decide between going to Columbia’s business school or to UCLA’s–the latter coming with a fellowship. I know, what a terrible dilemma. It may be a fortunate problem to have, but it’s still a problem nonetheless. After writing my response I realized that it contained much of my general philosophy, especially in regards to decision making, so I’m posting it here.
Some Context: My friend sent me one of his acquaintances’ advice to him that recommended UCLA. I didn’t get permission to publish it, but my response directly references some arguments in that advice, so I’ll try to summarize the relevant points made to give some context to my writing.