The main factor for me in selecting a school back East was the cost of living. I won't be working and will have to pay existing bills..etc. By uprooting myself from LA, and living off from the sale of my home, I will live comfortably.
The rural, beautiful scenery of the landscape of OH was definitely a change...no 405 traffic, rude drivers, etc.
The small class size of St. E's was a selling point for me. This showed me that there's lots of interaction and one-on-one with the trainers, etc. Oh, and the hospital, being a level 1 trauma center...in the middle of a high need area...lots of OR cases from (unfortunately) crime related injuries..etc, which means more cases to learn from was a plus. I come from a level 1 trauma center and I relate to the type of clientele that the hospital deals with. So, there's no surprises there for me.
Lastly, I wanted to be in a program that was STRICT and INTENSE. As someone in my interview had mentioned, "We don't have time for someone who's a whinner. This is a hard program to get into." And for someone to get interviewed for the 1st time and be accepted was definitely an honor.