Hey everyone, I wanted to post my replies to your inquiries but could not do so due to thread now being closed.@Hunt
I grew up in a small town that is labeled as “conservative” but is pretty influenced by Ann Arbor, a reputably liberal small city. I go to a public school that is actually pretty diverse in regards to political opinion, although less in terms of ethnicity. Ironically, most of my closest friends are strongly liberal, and I have the utmost respect for anyone who tries to better themselves by becoming educated on various pressing issues of our time, even if I disagree with them. I’m pretty open minded; I like hearing new ideas and making my own conceptions off of them.
I have, however, come across quite a few self-labeled liberals who have openly been hostile to my views. I believe that the Ivies have educated students that are respectful of other people’s opinions, even if they disagree with them. I enjoy having educated conversations where multiple notions can be expressed without fear of disillusionment.@sbjdorlo
Thank you for your inspiring and supportive comments. Your insight is exactly what I was looking for and I hope that wherever I end up going, I can live for Christ. I am applying to Harvard for various reasons, including financial aid, for the quality of the education, the resources, and so forth. I have always felt intimately connected with the school based on their commitment to academic excellence, an endeavor I hold to the highest esteem. Ironically enough, Massachusetts is my favorite state, despite it being vociferously liberal in some areas (Cambridge being no exception). I personally feel that Harvard is the school where I would be the most intellectually stimulated, and that is why it is (by far) my top choice school.@allyphoe
That is quite an interesting story. My church and parents strongly encourage secondary education for myself and all of my sisters. They are actually encouraging my eldest sister to apply to Harvard or Yale for their fine arts program. I come from a minority background where most kids my age idolize the idea of early marriage, and I obviously don’t. An education is most important to me right now, although I may stand in the minority by saying that.@Axelrod
Yes, I’m applying to all four of those schools, Y, P, and D under RD.