Welcome from NJ!
I did my research as well and came to buy a '14 DGM hatch. I just received it last Monday. I can tell you until I'm blue in the face that this car is awesome (and it is), but you should seriously do your homework on it, all cars in its class, and other classes. Really ask yourself what you want out of your new car.
While the WRX is very fun, there are better cars out there for other purposes. If you want something that will be sporty, have a decent amount of utility, good in winter, you can tune if you so desire, relatively affordable, and relatively reliable (depending on your modding/tuning and how you drive it) then the WRX is a great choice. We're here to help. Search the forum or fire away with the questions.