I am an automatic admit for our flagship university. But I do not even like it there. I am sure it is a great school, I know it is great academically. I hate how big it is. My older brother is at a small college, as well as my cousin. Everyone else around me seems to love the state school and wants to go there. But I don't. It feels like, though, being a STEM major, I have to go to a big university. I feel like I need to just resign myself to going there, and deal with it.
I could go to UT Austin or Texas A&M. I went ahead and applied to Texas A&M because it actually was a little smaller and seemed to put effort in to Living Learning Communities. Outside of that, I just hope senior year never ends and I do not have to deal with the going off to college thing.
When I have tried to talk to my guidance counselor, she tells me that A&M and UT Austin are excellent schools, and with instate tuition, I can't go wrong.