This is my first post on here, so bear with me. (: I have been accepted to six of my seven colleges and I have narrowed my choices down to Chapel Hill and ASU. I know several people think I'm completely insane for even having to make a choice between the two. Chapel Hill is probably the better school for academics overall. The name obviously carries notoriety. ASU is smaller and many outside of North Carolina may be unaware of its existence. Despite this, I find myself drawn to ASU over Chapel Hill.
I am interested in studying Environmental Science. I come from a private school in Charlotte, NC. My class only has 80 students in it. I'm towards the upper level of my class in terms of academics and participation in clubs and extracurriculars (Yearbook Editor, Stage Manager in Theater, NHS, Beta Club, French Club, Science Olympiad). I have received the Plemmons Leadership Scholarship for ASU (Though I did not get into the Honors College) and a small grant for Chapel Hill. The financial side of things is fairly even between both schools, and therefore not a deciding factor. I love mountains and the colder, rainy mountain weather. My parents both went to ASU, but are not pressuring me either way. I'm not incredible social and my two best friends from high school will be attending ASU next year. I would likely be rooming with one of them (We've thought through this very carefully). I will most likely be interested in attending graduate school after college.
Overall, I feel more comfortable going to ASU next year. The size and the environment all feel better at Appalachian State than Chapel Hill. However, Chapel Hill would most likely (I don't know this for sure) provide me with a better education and better career opportunities in the future. I could be happy at either school, but I feel sure I would be happier at ASU. I'm scared that I will feel guilty for not taking the opportunity to go to a school like Chapel Hill.
My question is whether I should choose a school because it is could get me a better job in the future or choose a school because I find it more fitting. Maybe I'm completely crazy for asking this, but I'm really struggling to make a decision. I take my academics very seriously and I want to make a decision that will suit me in both college and career endeavors.