Hello! I’ve been admitted to these schools, costs are comparable, and I love both, but I do have some issues with each so I’m very conflicted. Here’s my current thinking:
Major: Cognitive Science/Neuroscience (something brain-related)
-happiness – lack of stress culture, competition, pre-professional anxiety etc.
-fun – frequent open, non-toxic parties and events that students love attending
-adventure – easy access to and transportation around a city
-flexibility – academic freedom to explore (and possibly double major in something sociology/public policy related)
-interdisciplinariness (?) – in majors/classes, and in distribution of subjects people are studying, so it doesn’t feel super weighted towards engineering or premed or humanities etc.
Rice: residential colleges and culture sound amazing, but worried about Texas’ political culture (I’m very liberal and LGBTQ+), hot weather (I’m from the mid-atlantic and love fall + snow) and accessibility of Houston without a car
Tufts: love Boston, the activism emphasis, and emphasis on playfulness + creativity, but worried about social life (are parties mostly greek-life-related etc) and about a sense of competition + disgruntledness, as in “I wanted to go to the Ivies but now I’m here” even though obviously Tufts is amazing–basically is it as happy of a school as Rice (which is super high up in happiness rankings)?
Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
(note: my friend “eleanxr” recently tried to post this question for me but the thread got shut down so if you already replied thanks so much for your advice!)