I am an international student deciding between Trinity College (CT) and Bates College (Maine).
I have seen lots of really horrible negative remarks about Trinity's social life (I am one of the 'care-about-the-world' 'partying-is-not-everything' kind of person) but the location and Community gateway programme sound great, plus getting in as a Global Scholar is a perk apparently. I've also heard that the Career Counseling Department isn't really good.
I have seen comments about the 'horrible' location of Bates College and that there is a divide between the low-income and high income students and the international vs. the American ones. The sustainability and food sound great. Apparently, Lewiston is also not very safe.
I want to study something along the lines of Global Politics, International Studies/relations, etc.
Both colleges give me a similar financial aid package.
I have no idea which one to choose! Please help me, I need to make a decision very soon.
The social life (in terms of motivated people, if not great now, then at least with a potential to make change) and the academics (especially the political science departments) and the relationships with the professors matter a lot.
Thank you in advance.
A very confused, anxious and distressed student!