T minus one month until the deadline for a binding Early Decision application and I don't know where to apply.
- I'll be going into college undecided, but I'm interested in trying many disciplines out for size (currently I'm considering environmental studies, education, neuroscience/technology in modern culture/other approaches to researching the impact of tech, something revolving around social justice. I know I want to study abroad and I'm hoping to become fluent in Spanish. I also love art and would like to go to a school where a) I'd have access to art classes and b) the arts are a core part of the curriculum/student life.
- I visited Bowdoin pre-COVID and LOVED it. Something about being there just felt right, and I could picture myself on campus as a student.
- Both my parents went to Brown for undergrad. Until I started my college process, Brown was the only school on my mind.
- In the months since visiting Bowdoin, I've toured more places (both irl and virtually) and finalized my list of schools.
- For both schools, chance of acceptance is ~15% higher if one EDs.
- If I'm accepted ED and become locked into the school, I might question my decision.
- My wonderful experience at Bowdoin 7 months ago may not be an accurate reflection of the actual college.
- Bowdoin's small student body may feel limiting. I go to a high school with 1,600 kids and some days feel like there's not enough ppl and other days I'm shocked at how little I know the ppl around me.
- What if I'm only considering Brown bc my parents went there? It seems like that's the "expected path" for me (no pressure is coming from my parents, it more feels like my peers and other family friends). I'm not sure how to separate my own perceptions and wants from those of ppl around me.
- This might be true of both places, but I don't want everyone to think the same. If a school and student body talks the talk of "we're accepting of all views," I'd like to see them practice healthy discourse and be okay with people thinking other things, not just use their motto of complete inclusivity to apply to white liberals.
- Brown is an Ivy.
- Bowdoin is an amazing school.
- When I toured Bowdoin, my gut feeling said "this is the place."
- I haven't had the opportunity to tour Brown.
- I don't want to choose Brown because of its widely-known prestige, but I don't want to take it off the table for the same reason either.