Contrary to what many people may believe, going to Columbia or any Ivy league may not be what it's all cracked up to be. I'll admit I am only a freshman in my second semester but I'm finding things that are fundamentally wrong in my eyes. Like the ridiculous competition, arrogance, and stress. But that's only scratching the surface and to avoid a long drawn out complaint I'll dive into what I really want to talk about.
I'm an engineer, hoping to do chemical engineering and am here at SEAS. I'm not enjoying it as much as I'd hope and debating on transferring to Kansas State University.
1) As you all know, Columbia is very liberal so the education is different and I feel more directed to becoming a leader or some sort of financial, medical, lawyer type degree while K-State is more to the point, technical courses. In other words, I would take more engineering and science related courses I like at K-State.
2) K-State is obviously a lot less expensive (I'd be in state) and on the same note. How much difference would it be to get a degree in chemE from K-State then Columbia if I plan on going into the field?
3) New York feels so foreign to me and so do the people. I realize this attitude may change over time but maybe I don't want it to. Going to K-State is a lot more social and not so foreign so I could keep the same lively personality instead of adopting a new drowned out ignorant, working one.
Help me please and don't say, Columbia obviously is a better school so go there, take into fact I'm wanting to become a chemical engineer and nothing more for a fair amount of time. And please be harsh but fair, thank you to anyone that helps!