I am very fortunate to have been admitted to both Amherst and Bowdoin, but I'm having a really hard time deciding between the two. I know there are several existing threads about this, but I'd love some thoughts about my specific situation.
I really like both colleges. For Amherst, I love the diversity, the five-college consortium, and the open curriculum. I've talked with several current students over the phone and all of them have enthused about Amherst and the people. When I visited on admitted students day, however, I didn't have the most amazing experience - it seemed as if all of the prospective students I talked to were already set on going elsewhere. I also got the vibe that people seemed a little stressed out... but maybe that's because finals are so close? I've also read online that the social life/community at Amherst is not very strong.
Bowdoin, on the other hand, is a little more uncertain. The last time I visited was almost two years ago, and it was the first college I looked at. I wasn't completely in love with it, but that may have been just because it was my first college visit. Also, I have family that live in Brunswick, so I've been going up to that area every summer for the last ten years. That is a big concern for me - I think I want to go to college somewhere new and unexplored. From what I've read online, however, Bowdoin students seem more chill, activist-y, and outdoorsy - all of which are things I definitely want in a college.
I'm not quite sure what I want to study yet, but as of now I'm thinking either physics or international relations. I also really love languages, history, and art.
Any thoughts? Anything I got wrong in my assumptions of each college?
Thanks in advance.