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Hey everyone. I'm a rising senior highly considering applying to Rice ED. I'm from Connecticut and completely fell in love with the school when I visited and I think it definitely suits me.
However, here are some things that are making me doubt applying to Rice through the ED plan:
1. I'm from the East Coast and I'm still unsure exactly what I want to major in or what I want to do career-wise. However, it's definitely in the humanities (English, Political Science, or Philosophy) with the intent of going to law school to become a lawyer or graduate school to pursue academia. Yet, I definitely don't want to work in Houston post-graduation. I want to stay in the East (NYC, DC, Boston) or West (San Fran, LA). Because of this, I feel like Rice is not as strong in the humanities as other T20 schools and going to Rice will make it harder for me to get jobs in these regions.
2. I've constantly heard that Rice is a place full of "happy nerds" and I honestly don't know how to feel about this. I consider myself to be someone who cares a lot about academics, however, I also want to have fun and find people like me. Is Rice like Johns Hopkins or CMU? I heard these two schools target very specific students (Asian majority population, STEM heavy) and I'm not sure if I might feel left out.