It turns out being I did blow my last post out of proportion. Why?
"Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your admission to Dartmouth College as a member of the Class of 2009."
Because I GOT ACCEPTED INTO DARTMOUTH! Yes, saying that deserves the capital letters.
Now they've accepted me, I would really like to go to Dartmouth. I'm really happy they've accepted me there, and I would like to go there more than any of the other places I got waitlisted at. I got waitlisted at Williams, Amherst, Middlebury, Swarthmore and Washington University (in St. Louis). Washington Uni has this strange notion of waitlisted candidates not deserving financial aid, so I won't be joining their waiting list. Harvard rejected me (no surprise there).
Dartmouth has nine queer organisations on campus (but only two would be for me: the Dartmouth GSA and Dartmouth Rainbow Alliance). The administration even has "GLBT Programming" at Dartmouth, which I understand is run by an open bisexual. It sounds like quite a change from what I read were the kind of things that happened to gay people at Dartmouth 20 years ago. Some of the things the alumni talked about in The Dartmouth brought tears to my eyes.
But I think that things have changed enough, and Dartmouth is little better or worse than any other college in its league. Now the only thing I need to do is convince my parents to pay more. The college has asked for considerably more money than my parents originally offered to pay. Normally I would say that my parents are being unreasonable, but I agree with them on this. They want to retire in a few years and they have the right to be able to have a bit of money to spend on themselves. The college didn't include a loan in the aid package, so maybe they could give me a loan. My parents said to remain on all the waiting lists (but Washington Uni), in case I get more financial aid from the others. I will, but I want to go to Dartmouth.
So it seems there is a good chance I will end up going to the US after all.
I have a question to any of you in an American uni/college at the moment. How prevalent is underage drinking? I would rather that I go to a college where drinking is at a minimum, but I guess I can't have everything my way.