I feel so conflicted. I know I won't have to make a decision until April, but I already feel so much anxiety about where I'm actually going to college next year.
For the longest time, I've always known the school I'd end up going to. It's not extremely hard to get into it (about 50% accepted) but it's still in the top 100 schools. My mom went there. Both of my siblings attend there right now. I would love to join them next year and that has always been the plan. I'm guaranteed full tuition, but probably not room and board. I know it would be a good experience for me and I'd be surrounded by people very similar to me. The only thing is that it's a very big school and I'd be attending lectures for at least freshman/sophomore year with 200 other students. Depending on my major, the junior/senior classes will be a bit smaller.
However, I just did an all-day college tour/preview for a university that I was never planning to actually attend. I am guaranteed a full-ride (that includes tuition, room, board, meal plan, student activity card) and it is in the top 50 schools in the nation. It has so many amazing opportunities (some similar and some different to the other university). I loved the vibe of the campus and I even got to sit in on a class. The school guarantees that only the real professor teaches the class (never the TA) and the class I attended honestly felt just like my AP/IB classes at school. I liked the familiarity of it all. For core classes, there is only about 20 people per class. For major specific courses, there is about 10. Also, I want to go to medical school and they have lots of undergrad research opportunities. Plus, due to small class sizes, you can really form a bond with your professors and have access to more resources and get great letters of recommendation. Graduates from this university have an 80-90% acceptance rate to medical school.
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Research opportunities, study abroads, internships, etc. are also very available at the other school. You just have to fight a little more for those positions and they aren't as emphasized. The school is 3x as big as the other one, so research/volunteer/internship positions are very competitive. But, they have a great career center who are willing to help if you ask for it. Also, they have a 75% acceptance rate to medical school...which is still really good, but a little bit lower than the other school. And they have a specific study abroad program that I've been excited to go on.
I really want to be with my siblings, but I also want to make the best decision for me... I don't want to regret my choice after a semester.
Advice on what I should do? Or how I should go about choosing? Thanks!