I'm excited to be committing, but I'm also apprehensive. I can't afford bad grades or messups (like literally. Northwestern will leave me in debt), and I'm nervous about burn out or just generally being chewed up and spit out by a cutthroat atmosphere. My large public high school was competitive, but not overly so.
I can't wait to challenge myself at NU, and I definitely did work my ass off to reach this point, but.. are teachers and students at least acceptably nice/helpful? I wasn't able to really talk to any current students or teachers while visiting.
I've been posting on this thread a lot, but I really do appreciate the advice people have been giving!