I just wanted to give some advice which I believe can't be stressed enough around this time of the year (college apps).
I came to this board the summer after my 11th grade year....beginning college search, and Im very privileged to have had the chance to find this forum. As I began to think of which colleges I wanted to go to, I began looking at prestige a bit hard. These ideas seem to put down a state school which wasn't one of those ones in the CC Top Universities category. I almost went to another school and was ruling out my safety state school because of some of the views of the people on this board who seem to REALLY value this thing we all perceive as prestige. I actually ended up changing my mind when I went to visit my state school and have been happy ever since.
Ive kept a great GPA....made great friends...had a lot of fun....gotten involved...and had many opportunities. For those who think a school doesnt have opportunities because its not top 25....your wrong. I think I am a good point in that. Ive had internship offers from several companies & organizations including NASA and Intel (just to name 2).
So....for all of you who think that you have to go to a top 25 school.....just to do good in school...don't worry all YOU have to do is work hard and the opportunities will come to you.
more of a rant.....but I think its important that people know that you dont have to break your bank to get a good education.