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      Wink What part of America for me?

      Hey guys,

      Brand new to the forum!

      OK, so I currently have a bit of a life plan and I'm enjoying every moment deciding what I want to do.. to fill you in a little more, here it is:

      - Complete A-levels (16-18 years old)
      - Go to University in the UK (19-21 years old)
      - Either take a gap year or go straight to America for University (21+)

      I want to start my few first years out here due to the drinking age - LOL!

      I'm sure you'll be thinking, eh.. student! Wants the life of luxury, ain't gonna' get it! But I guess you could help?

      I'd love to be close to chilled beaches where I could sunbathe in free time and chat to locals but I want to life uni life to the max and go out clubbing when I've finished studying for the night. I guess a major factor is the people e.g. in London, UK... they're not exactly friendly! I'd love to make some amazing friends out there and have a truly great experience.

      So, where do you think I'm best off going? I've been told CA (California) and FL (Florida) would suit my preferences best but I guess the more opinions, the better.

      Thanks in advance guys,
      Menna

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      Hi and welcome,

      First of all, are you a US citizen? How old are you? What degree are you planning on doing? Have you been to the US? Why do you want to move to the US?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Pink View Post
      Hi and welcome,

      First of all, are you a US citizen? How old are you? What degree are you planning on doing? Have you been to the US? Why do you want to move to the US?
      I'm from the UK, still in High School (just planning ahead), I want to study business.. nothing specific yet, I'm going there on a holiday with my parents AND FINALLY *breathes* because I would love to experience something different! I'd love to be able to party in some cool clubs and chill on sandy beaches whilst getting an education and meeting life long friends.

      Thanks for the welcome and the reply

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      URGH I just typed a long reply then closed the wrong window....so much for multi tasking! I promise to retype it all tomorrow, I am off to bed now!

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      Quote Originally Posted by Pink View Post
      URGH I just typed a long reply then closed the wrong window....so much for multi tasking! I promise to retype it all tomorrow, I am off to bed now!
      Happens all the time! Hahahaha - although annoying for you, hillarrriooousss for me :)

      but... don't forget to actually reply!

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      Sorry for the delayed reply! The kids went back to school on the 19th and I thought things would calm down but they got worse!

      A business degree isn't going to get you a job in the US, it's too vague, so you will need to specialise in something once you finish is and get a few years experience. Ideally if you can get a job with a multi-national company and get into a position where you can transfer to the states that will be the easiest route.

      When choosing where to do your degree try and find a course that you can spend some time studying in the US, there are a few out there. If not there is always a gap year as you said. You could also consider a masters degree in the US, it's going to be expensive, our local uni charges around $40K per annum, not including other expenses.

      I am not sure how much free time you would get or be able to afford when studying or in a gap year. Don't believe what you see on TV or experience on holiday, it's very different living here. California is more expensive than Florida, it's also classed as a 'bankrupt state' so education costs more too. They have pretty different climates too. You really need to visit both beforehand.

      I hope that helps :)