Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. I have been incredibly fortunate to have been accepted to these schools, and I am honestly struggling to decide where to go.
For Williams, this is the first school I was accepted to. They are very selective regarding transfers, especially, and everyone has been so lovely, kind, and incredibly helpful. Everyone there goes above and beyond, and I would love to be in an environment that would push me to be a better version of myself (Sometimes I get thoughts about not being good enough, then I remember how capable I am). However, I am very nervous about how rigorous it is and how it will reflect my GPA. I’ve spoken to students, and they told me about how there’s no grade inflation at Williams, which is not an issue, but I’m worried that I will work hard and not be able to apply to MD/PhD programs because of the possibility of a lower GPA . Also, coming from California, I am afraid of the cold weather. I was also born in the desert, no joke. So the cold is also playing a part in this decision.
For Pitzer and CMC, I am so excited about these schools but honestly haven’t interacted with the students and faculty. Pomona was my dream school, which I was rejected from, so I feel that I would get the best of both worlds at both schools. I am leaning more towards CMC, but overall, they are both fantastic choices that would allow me to stay close to home but far away enough to grow. I am concerned that I won’t get as much institutional support compared to Williams, which completely amazed me by how much they care about me. But maybe, I wouldn’t need as much support.
Overall, they are all great choices. If grades mainly didn’t scare me as much (the cold is a minor part), I would commit to Williams. However, I am more comfortable with CMC and Pitzer, and there is more risk with Williams. I hope to make an informed and wise decision, especially because my parents have done so much for me to be in this position. Thank you so much, everyone!