<p>I don’t you about you guys, but I attended a normal high school where only about half of the graduating seniors attend four-year colleges after graduation. Throughout the last few years I felt that so many people never cared about what they learned--- they come to school because they are forced to do so, and complain every time they have to actually do anything. In my regular government class last year, it was practically a miracle to get through a one-page article in one class period because no one paid any attention. </p>
<p>I wanted to go to a good school because I found a sense of satisfaction and exhilaration in tackling difficult materials in harder classes, a feeling of fulfillment that doesn’t come with sitting around every day and doing nothing. It may be depressing to have too much work, but not being challenged enough is equally frustrating. It was not until sophomore/junior year that I was finally able to find people in high school who actually loved what they were learning in class, and people who unfailingly come to every single literary magazine meeting or any other club meeting because they enjoyed being there. I wanted to go to a relatively good school because I learned from my friends that I love being with people who are passionate about what they learn and do, people who have opinions that they can eloquently defend but at the same time are accepting of new ideas. I wanted to be at a place where new ideas emerge and exciting things happen, and be able to work with faculty who are the experts of their fields. I want to be at a place where people are not going to think of a person as weird because she’s spending her free time building a rube goldberg machine or reading a classic for fun in the cafeteria.</p>
There are many great schools across the country. And just because it isn't named "Harvard" or "Princeton" doesn't mean it is a bad school.
<p>Of course! But then there're more practical reasons like financial aid and so on that will dictate your decision when you have the choices.</p>