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What is So Cal like? VERY expensive. VERY crowded. That's what So Cal is like.. It isn't like you see portrayed on stupid television programs.
If you are not a California resident you will pay the outrageously high non-resident tuition ALL FOUR YEARS to attend a California College or University. The state is virtually broke, and stopped the one year requirement loophole for out-of-state students to qualify for in state tuition.
California has the 2d HIGHEST unemployment rate in the country. Jobs are almost impossible to find. There is NOTHING for a high school grad in California so why do you want to move here? Moving to California right out of high school is a recipe for FAILURE!
So Cal gal