I'm a recent college graduate, and I know what's going to happen for the next 4 years of my life. I'm going to be in school, although I'm not sure which one. I live on the east coast of the US and will be applying to a handful of schools on the west coast as well as the east coast. I really love both coasts, but I guess I just have a question. I'm sure many of you have dealt with moving long distance from your loved ones, so...how did you deal with it? I'm very close to my family, and the thought of being so far away is scary. But I wouldn't want that to be the only thing that hinders my decision of where I want to go to school (well, assuming that I even get into any schools on the west coast!). My undergrad university was a 3 hour drive from home, and to be honest, I only went home on breaks, so I got adjusted to not seeing my family for weeks/months at a time. But there was the option to come home if I really wanted or needed to, you know? Plus plane trips are costly! And my friends are all here...what happens when this support system is gone? I'm sure this sounds a bit silly because it's all hypothetical anyway, but it'd be nice to have some perspective.