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I'm planning on majoring in chemistry (not pre-med though and i'm not interested in engineering) and I didn't get any scholarships at either school (and i will pay out-of-state tuition at GaTech)
Coming from a private high school, I've had bad experiences with stuck-up rich people (I am now very insecure lol), so I fear going to Emory.
Meanwhile, I felt more comfortable at GaTech after I visited it, but I feel like I'm at a disadvantage compared to other students because I'm paying out-of-state tuition which is still quite expeisnve (~37k/year) vs Emory's ~56k/year.
I plan on going to graduate school so I was wondering if one would give an advantage over the other. I also plan to take part in internships during summers as well as study abroad.
I want to have an enjoyable college experience, but I feel that GaTech has a reputation of being very difficult, and when I visited GaTech, people did not seem very happy and the students that I saw did not try to convince the admitted visiting students go to Tech (while at emory, everyone tended to say "I love Emory!" and "Come to Emory!"). Does this say something about the schools?
I know Emory has a slightly better reputation in the biological/medical sciences which are more rigorous at Emory. I think I am interested in pharmacology, so I was wondering if it would be easier for me at Tech since Tech's chem would be more geared towards the engineering/physics aspect of it. Also, alot of people in the NE (where I'm from) see GaTech as "just another Tech school" which is kind of annoying bc i know Gatech is better than other tech schools
Anyways, I dont' know which one to choose. I think I felt more comfortable at Gatech because students seemed less superficial and friendly (people seemed approachable and some approached me and were really nice) while at Emory, more so (no one approached me, people seemed more judgemental..). I picture GaTech students as more narrow-minded, less concerned with cultures and don't travel alot while at Emory, students are more knowledgeable about other countries. I've lived overseas a few times and travel alot, so I feel that emory's students are more similar to me (but i'm afraid of them. i feel they would be alot more confident and demeaning, while i'm extremely insecure and fear them lol)
Should I suck-it-up, go to Emory, and learn to like it there, take advantagge of their prestige and well-rounded lib arts education (which I really like. so many diff classes to take!) or go to GaTech, pay the outofstate tuition (which is slightly cheaper than Emory but alot more than what most ppl pay) with less prestige in the biosciences/chem (which I presume are easier at Tech) but which i feel more comfortable on campus?