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Choosing a college... - November 7th 2009, 07:31 AM

I'm so confused right now, I don't even know where to begin.

My decision right now is between two schools; Purdue University (IN) or Western Carolina University (NC).

Purdue...it's my dream school. It has an excellent psychology program, a brilliant theater. I plan to double major in Clinical Psychology and Technical Theatre, so these things are very important to me. It has a great on-campus psychology center, with crisis assistance and everything. It is competitive and a well-accredited institution. However, it is also about six hours away from home, and very expensive.

WCU is where I always thought I would go. It is about an hour away from home, affordable. It has a decent psychology program and a great theater. My best friend goes there, and we would (most likely) be room mates. I would be able to continue seeing my current psychologist and psychiatrist, albeit less often. However, I cannot obtain my master's degree there, so I would have to transfer later...and I've been told that the psychology program is subpar (by one of WCU's graduate psych student).

My mom doesn't think I'd be able to handle Purdue due to homesickness. To be honest, I'm not sure if I could, either. Being so far away from home will be very hard on me, not to mention that I don't know if I can even afford it. I'm also afraid that I may have an underlying desire to go to Purdue because my boyfriend is going there...and I know that would be stupid, because we'll probably break up before I even get there.

Western is a good school. It's just...not great. It doesn't meet my over-acheiver expectations. But it's more practical.

I don't even know how to go about choosing. I haven't finished applying to either school yet, so I don't even know if I'll get in. But I still feel pressured to make a decision soon.

Any advice?


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Re: Choosing a college... - November 7th 2009, 07:53 AM

Why not apply to both and any others you may want? If I were you, I'd apply to others also simply as back-ups but try to see others that you may also like. When I applied to universities a few years ago, I applied to the ones I wanted badly, to ones I could be content at and to ones that were merely back-ups. In cases like this, it's good to have back-ups, preferably ones that you like because if you are unable to get into the two you mentioned but did get into some other one, you could transfer. The transfering does have its own issues though other than financial.


Right now though, your focus should be on getting a high enough mark so you can get into the ones you may want and can use the universities as an incentive.

As for the credibility and reputation, it doesn't matter that much if you're planning to get a Master's degree and possibly a PhD, PsyD, etc... . If both places are decent enough, then it's not going to be a big issue over where you got your Bachelor's degree from assuming neither place is a complete slum. You mentioned that the less expensive one has a sub-par psychology program but why not experience it for yourself or do more research as to what the majority of people think and why because it would be a shame to not go to it simply from one student's opinion. If the majority does think it is sub-par, then why not apply to other places also that may have better psychology and theater programs?
   
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