After doing some real soul searching about schools, I wanted to put out these thoughts for others to consider:
1. Wouldn't you rather be a "big fish" in a small pond - the Whitehead School only takes 100 kids per year. Your chances at being at the top of that class are much better than struggling to be at the top of a class of over 1000 or more at a larger school;
2. With a smaller class size, you have a much greater opportunity to be remembered by your proff instead of just being a number. When they remember you, you are able to establish a relationship that might lead to all kinds of internships, etc.
3. Because Whitehead offers a masters program in five years, you can start out a lot faster than someone from maybe Columbia who will still be in teh classroom for another year or two.
4. Because you will have contact with the UN for at least 4 years, you can establish relationships that might get you in the door earlier than other schools who only have professional opportunities their junior and senior years.
5. Why spend all your money on a high tuition bill for undergrad when you might need that money to travel or pursue graduate studies elsewhere? Everyone I've talked to has told me to spend more money on grad school than on undergrad, but at Whitehead you get the best of both worlds.
6. If you want to be in International Affairs, how more "international" can you get with the UN as your main source of education and professional opportunities?
I was really confused as to whether I wanetd to go to DC or Whitehead, but after focusing on what I really wanetd to do with a career, I now realize that Whitehead is where I should be. Thanks for letting me ramble and I hope my thoughts help some one out there decide too.