Corranged - Large, urban. Definitely not small and/or isolated. Pre-med. Beyond that, I don't think she really knows. She's grown up in a typical affluent suburb, inhabited by generally "preppy" if somewhat shallow middle class kids. She really doesn't know anything else. She has discovered that she enjoys the company of other bright young people, but she doesn't always hang out with the most studious types. What can I tell you? She's 17, and unformed. I'm repeatedly amazed at the posts of the bright young people who write here on CC about their plans and aspirations. None of mine had a clue while in high school. One thing did make me smile - an adult friend made a corny joke about going to college "to get your MRS" and the look of horror and disgust which flitted across D's face before she turned and made a noncommittal response warmed my heart.
Mythmom: I'd love to do that (she did do some pretty good photo work, and had a teacher who was ga ga over it - but he retired, and she wasn't all that personally inspired by it) but she's really going to have to define herself, and although I'd love to help out (as a resource) I just don't know where to start.
Marite - of course you're right. She probably will end up right here. UC Santa Barbara like her brother is one pretty likely outcome. Berkeley and UCLA are pretty much out, due to her grades. I'm just interested in making sure she has an opportunity to consider all her options before making an important decision.
Condor: Large cities on the east coast was the best I could do for horizon-widening!