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Hello everyone. I am a high school senior that has been accepted to both Smith and Wellesley college. Rapidly one of the best things that has ever happened to me is becoming its own kind of hell as I have no idea how to choose between the two. I fell in love with Smith, and still feel drawn to go there, it's just very hard to think about turning down the chance to attend such a prestigious institution as Wellesley(#24 in best US colleges WSJ ranking, while Smith is at #41).
My current plan is to double major in a science (some form of biology) and a humanities major (peace and justice, poly sci, or government), then attend law school, before going into environmental law. I am wondering if either institution would be better for me to attend as someone planing to double major, as well as go on to law school after graduation in particular? Any thoughts?
I'm also wondering about the atmosphere of both places. When I visited both schools it was during the summer, so I didn't really get to see each place in their natural states, but from everything iv'e seen and heard during my research, it seems as though Wellesley is quite a bit more tense and competitive, while Smith is a little more nurturing and relaxed on a daily basis. Smith definitely seemed more warm and welcoming when I visited, and though that could have just been due to my interactions with certain people there, iv'e heard similar thoughts from quite a few people, so I don't know. I would greatly appreciate any information anyone has on the prevalence of stress culture at either school, as I can cope fairly well in that type of environment, but prefer not to have to be locked into study mode at all times.
I am also curious as to how the housing compares. I know that Smith has their unique housing system, while Wellesley has more traditional dorms, but in actuality, how do they differ? Are the accommodations larger at Smith, is it more common to have your own bathroom, or a single rather than double???
Please help me to figure out some of this so that I may make a more informed decision. I was relying on admitted student days and activities to help me make up my mind, so now I don't really know what to do.
Thank you so much for any insights you may have, they are greatly appreciated.