I'm trying to decide between Harvard, Duke, Wharton and Vanderbilt. I know that Harvard and Wharton are bigger targets and have more prestige than Duke or Vandy but socially they don't even compare.
Everybody I met at Wharton were huge tools who kept talking about their aspirations to become investment bankers 24/7 and everyone I met at Harvard were huge nerds who couldn't talk about anything normal like girls or sports.
Duke and Vandy, on the other hand, were incredibly fun and I probably had the two best weekends of my life there. The weather was gorgeous in both Nashville and Durham and there were hot girls in sundresses everywhere I went. Everyone was hanging out, drinking, playing frisbee and throwing footballs around on both campuses the weekends I went while at Harvard and Wharton, everyone was always either in their dorms or the libraries.
I have no idea what to do. My chances to get into IBD are probably much better coming from Harvard or Wharton but I think I'll have a miserable four years there. I know that if I go to Duke/Vandy, I'll be able to watch SEC Football/ACC Basketball, attend tailgate, go to sweet mixers/date functions and hang out with hot southern girls if I go Greek, etc.
At Harvard/Wharton, my weekends will probably consist of playing video games and chess or something.
I think I'm leaning towards Duke at this point because one of my dad's friends told me that it's almost as good as Wharton for IBD recruitment and I can have the "full college experience".
What do you guys think?