I am beyond shocked and humbled to say I have to decide between Northwestern, where I committed, and UPenn, where I just got in off the waitlist. I’m utterly confused and lost.
I am interested in becoming a journalist when I grow up, but that may change, so I want flexibility. I got into Medill at Northwestern (the journalism school) and the college of arts and sciences at UPenn. I am the first person in my high school to get into NU in over 7 years, and about 15 at UPenn.
I know both places are amazing academically, and I will receive a great education no matter what. At the same time, I recognize that UPenn is an “ivy league,” and Northwestern is not, but that won’t impact my final decision too much.
Anyways, my number #1 priority in a college is most certainly … the people. I want to be around really kind, friendly, and intellectual people who love to learn. I’m not too into greek life or partying. I just want to be around people who are down to Earth, hard working, and humble. I want a lot of friends and a strong sense of community.
As of now, I feel like the people at Northwestern seem kinder, but I don’t want to make snap judgements about entire school populations. I also know UPenn has an AMAZING newspaper, so I’m sure the community is good.