At this point, I would recommend doing some online research, because, y'know ... everything on the Internet is true . Seriously, though, you can at least look at online course lists, stuff like that. All of the universities you listed are well known, and have good reputations. If you're like I was, you could hate school just because it's school.
As the unlikely combination of Sinophile and misanthrope, I probably hate school less than any other environment. Mainly, I just want to get out of the Valley. Lehigh is a great school, but it's too local. I already missed the application deadline for Lehigh so, *heh*
, looks like I won't be going there.
When I get out of the Valley, I'm probably going to be all like "HA HA HA HA HA!! GO TO HELL SUCKERS!!
". To be fair, in all likelihood, I will grow to hate wherever I am going almost
as much. But when I return to school this coming Monday, my bones will ache. I even have this little calendar I made out of a flash card binder that counts down the days to the end of the semester (60). Every day, I rip one sheet off and say "Libera me, Domine". Even as a non-Catholic, I find the litany strangely comforting.
One positive thing: the farther you go in school, the fewer stupid people there are. Those who are going to drop out have mostly already dropped out. A lot of the time when people drop out of graduate school it's not because they aren't bright enough to do the work, it's because of some other reason (health, family problems, stuff like that).
I'll bet a lot of people who don't do graduate work just lack confidence. It's so daunting, isn't it? I still have no idea what the hell I'm going to do.
On that last point (me not being on AIM), I'm still getting my life back together after my mom's accident and ongoing recovery. I'll try to be on, but it probably won't be until after the holidays are over.
Hope that's going well. And if it's not going well, sorry to inflict the ironic punishment of assuming that's going well. See you then!!