This whole topic is giving me major deja vu! When I was in high school (a million years ago) I applied to both Cornell and Harvard. Everyone - my parents, teachers, friends - said, “Well, if you get into Harvard, of course you’ll go there, right?” I was accepted at both schools, went to visit each one, and knew immediately that I wanted to go to Cornell. But how could I? What would everyone think? How could I say no to the name, the prestige, of HARVARD??
Fortunately, I had a wonderful teacher who advised me to follow my heart and my gut, and not worry about what anyone else thought. I went to Cornell and never had a moment’s regret. Go Big Red!