Settle for lower colleges?

<p>I know it is too late now to decide which college I want to attend in California next year, but I still need to ask. Should I have settled for a lower ranking college? (e.g. UC Merced/Riverside) My mom wants me to go to a higher ranking school, so I decided to go to CC first, then transfer from there. But is missing the two years of college life worth giving up to go to a, hopefully, better school?</p>

<p>I've heard many things about college life, and I really wanted to move out... But then again, I did not want to disappoint my mom. Has anyone been in this situation before?</p>

<p>You can move out while you attend a CC. It will be more expensive but should still save you $ over attending a four year college.</p>