I was accepted into both Middlebury (which is ~20k after aid)and University of Rhode Island (which is ~22k after aid).
I decided I would attend URI but I am now having major buyers remorse. I originally wanted to go to URI because I hope to study biotechnology and I heard that LACs aren’t the best for sciences, I liked the location more (being near some cities, being near the train to my home near Boston), I liked the school size more (more diversity and accepting community, I heard Middlebury can be snobby (I don’t mean this offensively, it is just what I was told), and I heard their biotech program is better. I also was not sure if I could handle the intense rigor of Middlebury or if I would fail out, which I’d be terribly ashamed of.
I would of course try my best, but I just barely got in I believe (1420 SAT, 3.8 unweighted GPA) and I heard this school is at least as rigorous as many ivies and lacks any much inflation. I just thought URI was a better fit, but the more I read about the two schools, the more it seems like I won’t be prepared for grad school if I decide to do that, I won’t be able to do anything really outstanding in my life or career, people won’t respect my school, I am passing up a huge opportunity, I’ll have to make do with what I have, and my classmates will not care about their education/ I won’t get a very good education.
I know this is all dramatic seeming, but it is really affecting me and I am wondering if you guys think I made a bad choice and if so is there any way to change my college/ future? I’ve already accepted URI and rejected Middlebury. If there is anyone who has been in a similar situation can you tell me what you did/ tell me if it’s really as bad as it feels? Thank you!