Ok, I've submitted an application to Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA to continue my college education. I will receive a decision from them by the 15th at the latest so really, it could be any day now. My academic history is riddled with considerable gaps due to personal crises and family committments that were beyond my control. But my grades and GPA are strong and I consider myself to be an outgoing person, involved with various extra-curricular activities. Pessimistically, I am expecting the worst. I feel that if I don't get into Claremont, that's it for me. I presently live on the East Coast but since last year have dreamed of moving out west to Southern California to go to school there. If I don't get in now, I could always try again for a fall 2005 entrance but realistically speaking, if I don't get accepted this time around, I probably won't the next time. Right now, I just need to get away from where I am now, and I believe that California will offer me an opportunity to find myself. The environment I am presently in is not conducive to continuing my education and quite frankly, I feel like am being held back by what I really want to do. So my question to all of you is that aside from the 2 schools that I've already applied to, if I don't get into Claremont, what are some other good colleges in Southern California. I am sorry to say I don't know many California schools. I am intending to study history, government, and political science (I had originally begun my college career as an aerospace engineer...go figure. It took me a while to find my true calling and find a course of studies that I really liked). Keep in mind, I want to be in the SoCal region.