Fancy Schools

I’d like to pose this question: How important to you is the education of your clinician?

If your mental health provider attended a well-known, sprawling Division-1 school (i.e. the school I’ve been accepted to: Arizona State University), would you prefer him to a provider who attended a lesser-known, this-place-almost-sounds-made-up university? (i.e., Trinity School of Natural Health to which I’ve also been accepted).

One is astronomically expensive, one is much more affordable.

One’s curriculum would require me to take 5-6 classes I have no interest in; one’s curriculum practically has me salivating over every. single. class. description.

I want to learn about what I’m passionate about so I can be better and do better.

However, I also don’t want to be risky professionally. I read Kelly Brogan, and I think: Wow, she’s got the whole package. What a platform. Who would dare to discount her opinion?

Whereas I’ve always felt that I have to explain my career choice defensively, almost maniacally explaining why I went the nursing school route instead of the medical school route. “No, I’m qualified, really, I promise.” Would having a doctorate from ASU give me a leg up that I might be missing?

And there’s the whole money piece. I don’t want to be selfish with our finances.

So, I am at a bit of a crossroads. I’d love your input!