This fall I will depart for a certain top 15 university on the East Coast. I knew before I even attended the admitted students weekend that the school has a reputation for churning out unhappy students. I've read post after post after post on various internet forums about the "cut-throat environment," poor social life, etc, and had no intention of attending the school.
When I visited, however, I had the best time of my entire life. What I had read online was inconsistent with the charismatic, fun students before my eyes, students who appeared to LOVE their school. I ecstatically and impetuously submitted my deposit the day I returned. Now I'm really regretting it. I can't even search my school on a student-review type sight without seeing an amassment of complaints from unhappy students! I am extremely grateful that I was accepted to the institution and that my family has the means to send me, but was it wrong of me to discount the TONS of negative reviews about the school merely because I happened to have a "fun" weekend?
Was I really stupid to choose a school that is KNOWN for not being fun, or was I right to rely on observations rather than anonymous slander? I feel bad that my family is paying such a huge fee to send me to a school about which I am so ambivalent. Please weigh in because I am really panicking.