also where you go to college greatly effects where you settle down afterward
EE/CE are so well represented throughout the country that you can choose to live just about anywhere. Now, most graduates of a college do stick around, but that is because of inertia not so much a conscious choice (I think).
Many students choose a college because it is a) close, or b) cheap. Those are probably the worst 2 criteria upon which to base your choice. Finances being what they are, I understand that for many students close+cheap is a requirement, otherwise college is just not affordable.
It is also a good idea to LEAVE HOME!!
College is not just about getting a degree, it is about growing up. Tough to do while living at/near home.
one thing I know is that I'm going to destroy AP Physics this year, especially the electronics section
Heh...some of my worst grades in college were for courses which I already "knew" from playing with electronics. Be warned: how hobbyists learn electronics on their own can be very different from how it is taught in college. Go in with your eyes and mind open. Or as the saying goes, "A little knowledge is a dangerous thing"
The Gadget Shield
: accelerometer, RGB LED, IR transmit/receive, speaker, microphone, light sensor, potentiometer, pushbuttons