Free college--the plot thickens

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When I came home today things seemed normal–a little too normal.
As I entered my hallway and checked the mail I noticed a package from American University, which I had applied to as a safety just in case I totally screwed up the apps to my other safeties. Now, American wasn’t supposed to send out its acceptance letters until the beginning of April, so I wondered if they were being jerks like Pomona and were sending me a newsletter disguised as a package.
No such luck.
I looked at the cover letter in the folder they sent
“Congratulations! I am pleased to offer you admission to American University…”
That was expected. I was glad, I was guaranteed not to spend the next four years scrubbing toilets at Arby’s.
“You have also been selected to participate in the American University Honors Program…”
I didn’t know they HAD an Honors Program. Well, now I do, and I’m in it.
“I am also pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a Presidential Scholarship in the amount of full tuition…”
OK, now schools I actually applied to are saying I can attend them on a full scholarship. This is very creepy, I only thought stuff like that happened in movies. I’m not sure I really want to go there, I’m visiting it next week. I’m thinking that if I don’t get into GW Honors or Georgetown I might go there. I’m still trying to sort things out. Any advice?

PS Is there something wrong with me? Why can’t I be happy right now?

Chill out a bit.

Wait until most every one has answered and while you’re waiting, VISIT EVERY COLLEGE that you might even think you’d want to go to.

I got full rides to about six of my top ten schools, including my favorite. After vistiting said favorite I determined that they couldn’t pay me to attend.

I ended up going to a school that wasn’t even on my list (my mom made me apply and made me visit) but I loved after seeing and meeting the people.

Scholarships are important, but they aren’t everything. Go to a school you love and that works with your personality. College is hard enough without the problem of hating the school you’re at.

And if you want any of my insight as a junior in the Honor’s College at the University of Pittsburgh, feel free to e-mail.

Medea’s Child is exactly right, and it can’t be stressed enough.

Don’t make any decisions until you’ve heard from everyone, and try to visit everywhere before you decide. Visiting a school is the best way to tell if it’s a place you want to spend your next four years, and you find out all the things that they don’t put in the brochures.