I went to Chicago Portfolio School.Reason: Had a wife and a kid and couldn't justify the money or time away to go to Miami Ad School or Brandcenter. Plus it was a year, if I'd gone to the others I'd been pushing 30 by the time I got done and got a job.The last reason is a little weird I know, but you asked.and sorry for posting this comment originally in the other post.
I didn't go to portfolio school.The main reason being, I had the support and ability to go it on my own. That is: I built my book alone with the guidance and help of a few mentors up here in Minneapolis. I was working, I am now working on working as a copywriter.At the end of the day, I feel like the work, i.e, your book, speaks for itself--whether you went to p-school or not.The contacts/relationships I built during my undergrad have served me well, and I reasoned that the take-away from Portfolio School didn't outweigh its costs, etc.That's not to discourage going though. Who knows, three years down the line I might be sitting in a Miami Ad School assignment briefing. But for now, going on my own and working diligently everyday on my book has worked for me.
As a "late-bloomer" in my mid-30's I felt the need to attend p-school (Brainco) so I could get my head wrapped around everything. Additionally not being from Minneapolis meant I needed to develop my network which p-school has certainly helped with. It's expensive to be sure, but the return on my investment as I change careers will be worth it.