I have had my heart set on applying ED to Barnard for a long time (it's in the Columbia forum bc it's more popular and doesn't make a difference to the actual question). My parents were very hesitant at first but I think I have convinced them about how much it means to me. now, their argument is that they do not feel comfortable sending their 17 y/o child to New York City because it is a "nasty pressure cooker" and has high security threat. I don't really know how to respond to this, I have told them morningside heights is safe and residential but they are not budging. does anyone have anecdotal experience or advice about the pressure and safety of being in nyc? I really strongly want this and I don't have much time left until the early deadline.