I am newly graduated from high school and committed myself to SJSU with a bio major. Recently, I've been wondering whether or not that was the best choice. For one, I don't want to continue as a bio/pre-med student and wanted to shift gears into cognitive science but sjsu does not offer that degree/specific major, second, everyone has told me that I could 'do better than sjsu' and as much as I don't want that pretentiousness to get to me, it has.
I was told to go to De Anza and transfer out to maybe a UC like Irvine or Davis or even LA, I was even considering USC since they accept sophomore applicants. Here are the pros and cons of both for me;
relatively good school, close to home so it's cheaper since I don't have to dorm, all of my friends are here, in silicon valley and has opportunities for me to network with companies like facebook and google
does not have intended major, CSU so I might be seen as less competitive career-wise, close to home so I actually have to stay home instead of being independent, was not my dream school, I heard the 4 year graduation rate is really low
I get a second shot at my dream school or 'better', cheaper - I'm low income so it's basically free, less impacted so I can actually finish my GE's, I don't have to stick to one major for the time I am there, makes me more flexible in terms of working and social life, will help me adapt easier into a college setting
some people do not leave in 1-2 years, I could become unmotivated to finish, the acceptance to my school is not guaranteed, I would have no 'college experience', I would transfer in as a Junior unless I am miraculously accepted after my first year into USC
Is SJSU worth it? Where will I get the most career opportunity? I would appreciate any transfer experiences or input on your experience at SJSU and after graduating there. Which choice would prove the most fruitful for my future?