The stupid thing is, when I think about how I'd feel if I don't get in to one of my first choice schools, the first thing I think about is what other people would think of me. Since my school has the IB program, there is a really competitive and probably unhealthy environment between the IB students where people are constantly comparing accomplishments, talking about who got into what schools and so on. I feel like I really need to find a way to ignore this because it's making me put so much pressure on myself to try and get into a super prestigious school.
What are your thoughts? Does the prestige of the school really matter that much? Will I still be able to find work, get a good education, and be successful elsewhere? Also any tips on how to deal with super competitive student atmospheres?