I went to a very large northeast University in a rust belt city with snow drifts higher than the house. The last dutch elms were dying my freshman year. My house built in the 1890s had no insulation and the walls were so thin the wind whistled through them. Classes averaged over 400 students. In spite of this, I had the time of my life, met my wife, learned critical thinking. Now I live in southern California. It's sunny most of the year. Beach is a few miles away. My daughter got into some of the finest public universities in the state and country but only wants to go to east coast private schools that won't give us need based aid. I'm now questioning my parenting skills but I'm glad to see that I'm fighting a natural law.