Oct. 5, 2018
No sweat ... you haven't sealed your fate. In fact, an Early Decision candidate can usually switch into the Regular Decision pool practically right up to the day the admission decisions are finalized. But if you're certain that you don't want to make a binding commitment to this college (and it does indeed sound like you are), then you should move to RD right away. However, instead of a phone call, send your update via email so that you'll have a written record of the exchange. If you don't receive a reply within a week or so, follow up with a phone call. In addition, because your guidance counselor is also required to submit an Early Decision confirmation form, you should speak with him or her immediately. If your counselor hasn't yet submitted this form, you can stop it. And if it has been sent already, ask your counselor to notify the college that it's no longer valid.
So you don't need to worry about getting stuck at a school that feels wrong to you, and you might even consider withdrawing your application entirely. But, because you did like this place initially and since you may get some grief from Dad for bailing on his alma mater, then RD is probably the right route for you.
Finally, should you decide several months from now that you actually do want to go to this college after all, you should recognize that your ED withdrawal may signal to admission officials that you're lukewarm about enrolling and perhaps only applying to mollify your father. If you're not a strong candidate, that could hurt your acceptance odds. So if your enthusiasm for this school surges again, make some contact with your regional admissions rep to be sure that you convey your genuine interest.
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