As you can see from the thread title, I am torn between Tufts and Swarthmore. Just to give a brief background of myself, I am from Hong Kong. While I do not entirely know what I want to do in the future (I don't think many 17/18 year old does) I am interested in the following, International Relations, Environmental Policy, Engineering (pretty much only the renewable energy aspect of it).
I like Swarthmore's intellectually passionate atmosphere. I like how students engage in intellectual conversations regarding world issues/politics very casually during free times and etc. However Swarthmore comes across to me way too social science or literature based. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on writing and while I recognize that it is an important skill to have, I think I will struggle with getting a high GPA. Also, because I have a scientific interest in engineering, I would like to be involved with some research opportunities which begs me to ask the question, how available are research opportunities in Swarthmore?
As for Tufts, based on what I primarily want to do (IR, Engineering), it makes sense to go there because Tufts is very renowned for its IR and has an engineering school. It also seems to be more diverse in what the school is based on; Swarthmore seems too writing based (social science/literature) but in Tufts, it seems as if there is larger balance between tech savvies and social science majors.
I am so torn between the two, I don't know what can be a deciding factor. I would assume both colleges are not very big with sports. Both colleges have a campus but is near to the city. Both colleges seems to be similar in its social life, etc...
Anybody who can lend his/her insight to my situation?