Well next year we both have to go to college or sixth form and I've been giving her some advice on where she should go. She has applied to a few schools and I basically recommended the best one she applied to because, well, it's the best one. She wants to go to another one, which is pretty bad compared to the other one she has applied to and as her boyfriend I obviously want her to succeed and I feel as though going to the best one she possibly can is the best way to do it. I mean I know some people who go to the school she wants to go to and they're not that smart yet they're some of the brightest at the schools. My girlfriend is quite smart and so I don't want her to go to a college below her standards and for her to start falling behind or relaxing too much because she's at the top because it would be only at the top of a bad school.
The thing is, I don't want to give her so much advice and basically force her to go anywhere. Afterall it is her choice and I respect that but obviously I also don't want to see her do badly because she picked the worse school. So what would you guys do? Would you continue to advise her on going to the better school or leave it up to her and just to be supportive or wherever she wants to go?
Has she got a particular reason for preferring the one that isn't as good?
What are her reasons for wanting to go to the "less good" school?
Well I would say you just explain to her that you're concerned because you want the best for her, but don't push it. If she's made up her mind then it's her choice, and like someone else said doing well depends on the student, not the institue, yeah sure some places help you to get better results but if she puts the effort in she should be able to do just as well =)