Hey all! Glad I finally took the plunge and created a username. Anyway, I'm at the very beginning of my academic career, but I would still like some advice. I'm currently applying to undergraduate schools. If I don't get into any BA/MD programs or any ivies, I'll probably go to a local UC school... If I do, I've narrowed it down to UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Now, here's the question: Which one would YOU choose? Though Berkeley is closer and has more recognition than San Diego, I've heard that people get crushed at Berkeley and their GPA, along with their chances of med school, disintegrate. Therefore, even though I am fairly certain (I've learned my lesson...I will never say I am positive about anything!) I can get into either UC, I thought UCSD would be a good alternative. UCSD is by no means a regular school. It's a great school and I would be glad to be there. However, I admit that perhaps it appeals to me because the competition would not be as fierce as in Berkeley. So, to put it simply: Would it be better for me to go to UC Berkeley and get a potentially lower GPA or go to UC San Diego and (hopefully) get a higher GPA? I have a similar situation with Johns Hopkins University, so if possible, please comment on that as well. Any advice is much appreciated, and I hope to create a symbiotic relationship (I have lame jokes ) with all of you.