I applied and was accepted to six schools, but could only afford two without going into debt. Since one of my goals for college is to graduate without debt, I was down to School A and School B. They are both public in-state schools, and I was accepted into both honors colleges.
I’ve already paid my $100 intent to enroll deposit to School A. I like a lot of things about it, and because I am an exploratory student it only makes sense to go to the school that has a stronger academic/international reputation and a wider variety of programs that better tailor to my interests and potential ambitions.
However, there are some things I’m giving up by not attending School B: The student population is less than half that of School A, and I know I could get more personal attention there. I also prefer School B’s dance program over School A’s. I would like a minor in this field (but am not talented enough/solely focused on it enough to pursue a BFA), but I still feel like I would fit better at School B for this specific program. I did apply for a full ride at School B, which would have sealed my decision if I received it. Instead, I received a couple smaller scholarships there that were just enough to make my question my decision to attend School A. Before, the cost of attendance at both schools would have been the same.
It’s not that I plan on completely changing schools after I’ve already announced my intent to attend School A (to the school, on social media), it’s just that I’m worried about what I’m missing out on: A more intimate environment, a (potentially) better fit in a program that’s important to me, even if it’s only one. However, my counselor, mentor, and parents all agree with me that School A fits my long-term goals better academically and opportunity-wise, as well as my desire to live in a nicer city with a more diverse community. It’s just all very surreal right now and I don’t feel like I’m in the best state of mind to make the decision I just made today. Any words of advice and comfort are very much appreciated. I would love an outside perspective.