I know this thread has been done a miiillion and one times before, but I wanted people who could speak to my individual desires and needs as a student.
I have received early write acceptances from both Amherst and Williams. I want to be an architect, but I also enjoy studying obscure languages. Studying abroad is very important to me. I have a lot of really ecclectic interests, I assume that Amherst with the 5 college consortium would be better at providing these for me, but I don't know. I also know that Williams has stronger art history, and I am really attracted to the tutorial system.
I have lived near Amherst my whole life. I LOVE the town, and I am very close to my family. It would be wonderful to be able to see them every weekend, but I could see myself wanting to go somewhere new. I stayed for an overnight visit there, however, and enjoyed it very much.
I also visited the Williams campus today, but it was empty because of their Spring break. I won't have a chance to go back (I leave the country on April 10th and have to make a decision before then). Williamstown and the campus were undeniably gorgeous-I fell very in love. However, I could see myself going crazy after 4 years there. I hate winter sports, too. Also, the drive to Williamstown was not very safe or comfortable at all--lots of windy steep roads overlooking dangerous cliffs. It may seem ridiculous, but I'd be terrified to do it again. (Route 2, if anyone is familiar).
This may also seem like ridiculous criteria, but I have very strict dietary needs. I am a vegetarian and eat no refined sugar/very little refined grains. I'm sort of bratty about my dietary requirements. The Amherst area has a lot of health food places nearby for me, and I don't know if Williamstown does as well. It doesn't seem important, but it is to me.
Okay, basically, I am compleetely torn between the schools. Assuming both schools' aid packages are the same, please give me any information that could help me out here.