I Don't like the phrase yolo but like you said its your life you can do what you want. Good point on that its your life. GREAT JOB
I can completely agree with you that being away from family is hard and I could only imagine being stuck in such a cold climate I would feel the same way you do because I have become very spoiled to Alabama weather
I agree with living in California, I really want to move there when I am older also. It's good weather in auburn, but I would like to see what California looks like.... GOOD JOB
Thats good that you know what you want to do.
I agree with what your parents said , that its your life so live it well .