Hi everyone! I have just received all of my college decisions, and although I am very happy with my options, I am having trouble deciding where I should go (with less than a month left until the deadline!). Some background: I intend to study International Relations/International Studies, possibly with a minor in Econ or Business. I would like to be near/in a city as I am not a very outdoorsy person and would like the social perks that come with being in a city. I also would like to go to a school that prioritizes academic exploration/intellectual discovery as I am not completely sure what I would like to do. I also think access to internships and good academic/career advising departments at the school are very important.
I am not sure if I am a huge fan of Greek life and if I would really want to join a sorority, so I wouldn’t really want to go to a school where that’s a huge part of the social scene. I also like a slight sports scene/culture (some games and good school spirit), but not one that takes over the entire student life.
I have narrowed down the 10 schools I was accepted to to these final four options (I have withdrawn most of the other applications already). For some more background, I go to a private, all girls, Catholic high school in New England with about 80 students a grade. Seven of the girls in my grade have already committed to Georgetown, and I don’t think anyone will be committing to any of the other three schools (this is a big factor for me). My mom also went to Georgetown and would very much like me to attend. I have quite an international background and I am looking for a school with a very diverse student body, and one that is also quite dissimilar to my current high school.
Overall, I think for what I want to study, all of the schools are great options. I also think they’re all very similar in terms of prestige/ranking, so it is hard to distinguish them in that way. I think I would fit in well at all of them, although I do have some concerns about the social life at Johns Hopkins. I have visited all of them except Hopkins, but I plan on visiting all of them over the next couple of weeks, so that may impact my decision.
I would very much appreciate if anyone has any insight about any of these schools through personal experiences that could aid in my decision-making process. I honestly really like all of these schools and think I would be happy wherever I end up, but still it is going to be hard to just pick one and feel as if I’m making the right choice.
Just to add: I also got waitlisted at Brown (which was my top choice at one point). I will accept the spot and write a LOCI, but I’m not going to think too much about it after that unless something comes of it. Although Brown might still be somewhat of a possibility, I still need to pick one of these schools to commit to and I don’t want to be constantly thinking about the small chance I get off a highly selective WL. Just thought I would mention that!