That’s right. In the end it came down to AU Honors Program and Macalester. Here’s my rationale.
Academics: Probably the clinching point for me was the meeting with Macalester’s poli sci department head when he said the advantages they had over American were the small class sizes, individual attention, and excellent simulations. Well, in the honors program I get small class sizes and individual attention, and I won’t need simulations because I’ll be in Washington.
Social: I liked the people at both. They’re smart, but they don’t talk about how smart they are whenever you’re around them. Quality down-to-earth people. However, at American the M-F ratio, excluding homosexuals, is estimated to be around 30-70. Albeit Macalester girls are slightly hotter (a lot of Minnesota nordic types) but in the end I have better shots at AU. Also, I found a frat to rush at AU (Go Sigma Chi!). I met the members, who are good guys, and at AU they aren’t typical frats because they don’t have houses. They’re just groups of friends
Other stuff. Macalester would cost me 27,000 dollars a year, American will cost me 9,000. I’ve said before that my parents have the money to send me anywhere but a) I can use this as leverage and b) should I choose to go to law school they’d be more inclined to pay for it. Also, American is in Washington so I’ll get some good contacts when I graduate and the honors program is deeply respected in the city. I talked to a Bush speechwriter about how her department had 10 Harvard/Yale/Princetons and 2 AUs.
There you have it. American University. I’m so excited I can’t wait the four months until registration. Now congratulate me!
Go Screaming Eagles!
PS Any alums on the board?
PPS “Screaming Eagle” might be a good name for the board. Whaddya think?