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you are right in your thinking regarding having a good GPA vs. where you went to school. its also about how you present yourself.
i didnt decide to go to college until 2 years after high school. being that i was paying for it myself i went to a cheap state school for accounting / business. i thought i would have a tough time competing against other graduates from better schools but i figured out that as long as i kept a decent GPA and joined a few accounting/business clubs i wold be just fine. and that is exactly what happened. i got an internship in my junior year and ended getting offered a full time job. (wow that was 8 years ago. damn im getting old) it doesnt matter where you go. just try and set yourself up to be in a position to succeed after your done.
looking back im glad im not a hundred grand in debt and think i made out alright. how many accountants do you know of that get 40+ days on the hill!!
in my oppinion, the "name branding" of schools is decreasing, especially for undergraduate programs. I thought of UBC because I want to stay in BC, but Kamloops is the bomb so I'm off to TRU instead.
For Kingston, I spent 2 weeks there a few summers back and everything sucked except ripping up street spots on my p2.