I think some of our *moms* are long lost siblings.
My dad passed away a year ago and he would have been the one doing the research on all the schools, checking out all of their statistics and rankings, (he went to college and valued education much more than my Mom does), and asking me which ones I liked and why and probably would have wanted to edit (or at least proofread) my PS.
To my Mom's credit, this past summer she went on a road trip with me where we visited a half a dozen schools just so I could check out the location and see if it was a place I could live at for 3 years.
She's the same way as some of the other Moms...but she has definitely been sending me off more than she can count, so I don't think her acting this way has anything to do with me *leaving* (I haven't lived at home in over 10 years--I'm 27 and just finished a 6 yr. tour in the Navy) But she keeps pushing Florida Coastal on me. It's the only acceptance I've gotten so far (but my apps went out late--end of Feb), and she does internet research on Jacksonville--not the school. She thinks FCSL is the best thing in the world. She can't understand why I'd want to go to Penn State over FCSL since Penn State is in the "middle of nowhere."
And she does the SAME thing with telling me how smart I am. Last year at this time when I mentioned how I hope I do well on the LSAT so I have a shot at W&M, she kept telling me that my brother got accepted there so I should too (he was applying for the MBA program, and I don't even have to explain the other differences). I just sighed. I really only applied to W&M because she accused me of being a pessimist when I told her I didn't have a chance in hell of getting accepted there. So I applied just so she sees the stupid rejection letter.
But I agree with a PP, I love her for it, and wouldn't trade her for anyone!