I'm a rising HS junior, I'm ranked 8th in my class and I want to either major in business or law. Also, my mother and I always argue about the plan for college, so I listed my plan and her plan below.
Go to a top school, such as UVA, William and Mary, or Washington and Lee
Go to Grad School, such as UVA's Grad Schools for Law, which was highly ranked
My Rationale: I should go to the best school that I can, since I've been working hard, and I think I deserve the best that I can get. Also, It is easier to get your first job, if you go to a more accredited and widely known university.
Start the 1st two years at a community college: NOVA Community College has a program where you can attend the 1st two years then transfer to any college that you get accepted to, benefits are cheaper tuition, but the professors are usually inferior
Go to a cheaper University: Go to George Mason University and commute
Mother's Rationale: If I don't live at college, and live at home in the basement, my mom can control every aspect of my life (that is literary what she said), I can focus on school rather than friends, I won't drink, I won't do "Un-Christian" deeds or be "Liberalized". Also, it doesn't matter where you get your degree, it matters that you get it, and George Mason is cheap compared to UVA.
The reason why I disagree with my mother, is because I could live stress free, not study, make B's and maybe even a few C's and get into Mason, so I think it is total crap. The main reason why I disagree, is because it would be better for me to go to a more accredited and widely known university. Also, I love my mom (sometimes), but there's no way that I want to live with her until I'm 22. Another reason is, because I want to have a social life, and I doubt commuting to college will allow me to have friends