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I am very interested in going to a liberal arts college, and Reed got my interest. It looks like a great school and I am definitely going to apply there, but I heard it is very academically intense. While I want to go to a school that values academics over everything, Reed seems a little to intense for me, so I was curious if there were other schools like Reed, just a little more laid back.
I see Reed being compared to UChicago, which is way out of my league. If I were to be admitted to Reed and went there, would try my hardest, but I feel like work would crowd my social life. I don't want to party ever spare weekend I have off, but I like having time away from academics. I like how the people there are quirky and intellectual, and I feel like I'd fit in well in a place like Reed. I've seen people compare it to Macalester, but I wouldn't be able to deal with the Minnesota weather, being from Los Angeles (same goes with Carleton). I am, however, looking to go to the East Coast, as I can probably handle the weather there. While I want to go to a liberal arts college, and not many people know about them, I would still like to go to a school with some name recognition and prestige (If I can get in :-/).
Also, in terms of admissions, how important are extracurriculars, as at the end of my high school career: I will have been on ASB for 3 years, and hopefully student body president the 3rd year, play music (not in band), am a history tutor, an intern at an animation studio, and will hopefully be selected as a Bank of America Student Leader, which entails an internship.