Originally Posted by Stressy
What made you go back to Irvine? Anything in particular? We're kind of in the same boat, except I haven't quite made up my mind and I'm on the fence, which sucks. :| I feel super fortunate to even have such a tough choice though.
Well, I haven't quite decided yet, but I suppose that the reason I've been leaning toward Davis is simply due to the fact that I've been reading up on it and it definitely sounds like a place I'd be happy in. Plus, it'd be nice to get out of SoCal, a place I've lived in my whole life. To be honest I've never really been up to North Cal. I'm also thinking of switching majors to Human Development, but Irvine doesn't offer that.
My family's telling me to go to Davis too haha. We'll see, but regardless of the choice I make, like you said, they're both excellent schools. :)
@Stressy: The sole reason I chose Irvine is because of my major. From doing my research on degree programs and course offerings at both schools, both of Irvine's Psych programs (Cognitive Science and Psychology & Social Behavior) are much better than Santa Barbara's Psychology one.
I have a very strong gut feeling that I would be happier at Santa Barbara, though. From what I've heard, the overall vibe is much more appealing and of course the location is hard to beat. It may not be as strong as Irvine in the Psych dept but its still a top public institution. It seems like the more balanced choice in terms of everything I'd want in a college experience.
Overall, it came down to happiness vs. acadamics. I can't see myself happy at Irvine but I feel like I cant throw that opportunity away.
Like you, I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to choose between two schools that I think are great in their own opposite ways, but it also means that both choices would leave me with some sort of regrets. Either way, I'm definitely happy to get out of the Bay Area and leave community college. I've wanted to go to school in SoCal since I was 13 years old lol.
Good luck with your decision (:
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