There is no dream school - so the fact that you got in and didn’t go doesn’t mean it’s better. All schools have bad roommates, bad profs, maybe bad food, etc. Every year, there’s kids who got into their dream school - and want out.
Betting on yourself is a good thing and I don’t know your business major - but some like marketing, supply chain, etc. - is a nice to have but not a necessary to work in the area. The flip to that is - if you want finance or something like that and you don’t get in - then what - so while I think the student should decide, your parents aren’t wrong. Many wouldn’t even apply to non direct admit schools. Since you’re in state it sounds like, maybe money played a part too - IU will be well over $200K over four years as an example vs. an instate school probably $80K less.
You know what - the decision has been made. You didn’t choose your middle or high school. You are here. It’s a self motivation problem if you can’t get excited. Once you’re on campus - pedigree, rank, etc. doesn’t matter - so join some clubs, get involved. Going to IU wouldn’t change this one iota - and Kelley is thousands and thousands of kids.
You don’t want to go to HS - and guess what, it’s so large, you’d likely not see your friends. My son’s best friend went to Alabama with him and they found different crowds. The idea is to meet new people.
My kid got into Purdue, Maryland, Florida and some others for engineering. Went to Alabama.
My daughter got into U of SC Honors, Florida, UMD, Washington & Lee, Miami and so many more - and goes to College of Charleston. #16 rating wise of 17 admitted to. Happens every day- in fact, her best friend there turned down Vandy, Rice and Penn.
Do you know how many people don’t go into the “best” school academically - whatever that even means. They choose safeties. You’re looking at a rank. What does US News know? Have you seen the rankings that just came out - where top schools like Tulane, SMU, W&L, Tufts, Villanova, etc. all took a dive.
Best is not what a magazine says. And today it’s best, tomorrow it’s not - ask those schools above. Look at the fit Vandy is having over their rank. Forget rank - they’re not real world.
You have the ability to get challenged (go see your profs), to learn, to gain professional experience, and grow.
You are the only thing holding you back.
People choose schools like yours over Ivy - yes, they do. On every Big 10 campus are students who were Ivy admitted. I work with a Michigan State grad who turned down Stanford.
You’re creating a situation in your mind that doesn’t exist.
Maybe there are bigger, deeper issues and perhaps talking to someone in counseling will help and perhaps this is a justification.
The difference between most schools, especially big 10 business schools - from a Nebraska to a Rutgers to a UMN Carlson or UW or Iowa or Ohio State - all these schools are fantastic - and you’re splitting hairs.
There aren’t do overs. And there needn’t be. There’s transfers - not do overs - but if you leave without even trying, you’ll regret it for the rest of your life. You have lots of future friends and great memories if you make that effort.