Would be really curious to hear from parents (and students) about how one handles the culture shock (if any) of moving from the East Coast to the West Coast. *Is* there a big difference in culture? Lifestyle? Intensity? Does weather make that big a difference to people?
DS1 (a junior) is looking at a variety of schools (both coasts and in-between), but hasn't taken much notice of these things. He's been focused more on how each school "fits" him and the programs he's interested in. Is the right vs. left coast thing something he needs to actively think about or since he's generally an adaptable sort who isn't picky about these things, is it OK to let it slide?
FYI -- we have friends out west that we visit every summer, and we camp/travel a lot, so he's been exposed to a lot of different places. Moving 3,000 miles away doesn't seem to faze him. Just wondering if this is something he needs to give serious consideration to in his planning process.
(P.S. I am OK with the distance, though I will miss him tremendously. We told our kids they needed to pick colleges in good vacation areas!) )