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    The great thing about the American education system is that they are freely giving it away. Bill gates was on CNN recently talking about the improvements to online education. Specifically, https://www.coursera.org/

    But if you need the brick and mortar university in america is in a bubble.

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    Start saving up for it now. American colleges and universities are INSANELY expensive. Especially if you plan to live in residence (on campus). The cost of one year at an American college costs more than my ENTIRE post-secondary education in Canada has cost me so far.

    Other than that, I guess the best advice I would give is to visit the city of your future school for a week or two to see if you really like it once you are old enough to travel on your own and/or with the family. And be prepared for culture shock. Just because you have experienced American pop culture does not mean you have experienced America. (I say this having gone in the opposite direction. London was absolutely nothing like what I expected when I visited a few years back)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zero Hunter View Post
    If your leaning towards Texas you need to pick the right area. They are not real welcoming of foreigners in some parts of that state and they are really backwards on alot of social issues also.
    Seriously? The places where that stuff occurs are mainly the places that don't have a college/university nearby.

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    Ok. I'm gonna go on my own and I'm taking a loan (student) but does it help that I have a cousin living in NY? + I want to be in a place with a MLS team xD
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    Quote Originally Posted by DebkoX View Post
    Well in all truth ill be doing this around 21-23 years old, so it's like a decade :) but I like to think! + I also want to embrace american culture, I have never felt 'happy' in the UK, it's dull! All my favourite things are american and I'm te kinda guy who wants a happy life.
    If I had the choice of money or success it'd be money, I want to be doing things. So yeah, Texas may not suit me (I'm mix raced, half turkish half Jamaican) but you can tell due to my curved long fatty nose -.- which has earned me many jibes. I am so excited! P
    If you think you'll just get piss taken for having a funny nose in parts of the US then realise that some parts won't focus on the sort of banter you get over here. You have to realise that although the UK isn't perfect, we have nutters, racists and bigots talking shite but we're also an amazingly multicultural society and quite an accepting one on the whole. You might not get that where you want to go in the US, so take people's advice and look into it properly and your school should be able to advise you too.

    Also, I know Doncaster well and understand exactly why you want to get far away from it but look at your options over here or in Europe as well as the US options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebkoX View Post
    I don't really socialise in the way of going out, parties ect.
    You're 14. I didn't start going to gigs and pubs by myself til 16, and looking back now at myself at 14 I didn't consider it part of whatever future I was thinking of that week. Like I said, I understand the urge to get out of Doncaster but you have big vibrant cities like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool nearby and all have some excellent uni's. You have Bristol and Cardiff if you fancy going south, and of course there's the Scottish uni's. If you want to look abroad then Holland and Germany are exceptionally welcoming to British students, and the majority of people in these countries speak English well so you'll be able to get on while you learn the language.

    So look around, as said, your school will be able to help and I know some schools can arrange for you attend open days not only in uni's in the UK but some in Europe.

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    A couple of very general pieces of advice:

    1. Before committing to several years in a foreign country maybe you should buy a cheap air ticket and spend a couple of weeks there one summer holiday to get a feel of the place.

    2. Before you settle on the US consider continental Europe like Mob suggested. It's closer, bits of it are cheaper and a lot of universities teach bilingual courses (or teach some courses solely in English as part of an English-immersion program.)

    3. By the time you're ready to go, there's a good chance Scotland will be a foreign country.
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    DO IT! The best thing I ever did was go to Iowa State was university (I'm British). Some of the best times of my life, and shaped who I am today. Love American, love the Mid-west. DO IT! You won't regret it!
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    Guys I want rid of UK. Ok, I just don't want it, ok, I might go to the states for a trial but I have my heart set.
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    Ya I wanted to be an architect when I was 14. Things change and they dont have to change for the worse so be open to different things and dont just focus on one thing for the next 10 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by king mob View Post
    You're 14. I didn't start going to gigs and pubs by myself til 16, and looking back now at myself at 14 I didn't consider it part of whatever future I was thinking of that week. Like I said, I understand the urge to get out of Doncaster but you have big vibrant cities like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool nearby and all have some excellent uni's. You have Bristol and Cardiff if you fancy going south, and of course there's the Scottish uni's. If you want to look abroad then Holland and Germany are exceptionally welcoming to British students, and the majority of people in these countries speak English well so you'll be able to get on while you learn the language.

    So look around, as said, your school will be able to help and I know some schools can arrange for you attend open days not only in uni's in the UK but some in Europe.
    Eeek, I mean I'm quite a 'boring' person, have only gone out with friends twice in my life ;l + I've visited Leeds uni and wakefield, I was part of a programme at school called 'Aim higher' where me and other kids were shown unis and encouraged because we had the most potential and I also went to salters festival.
    I will ask around my school but honestly pal, I don't want to live in Europe, I know its a bad reason but I've just had enough of this whole continent, it drives me crazy + Maybe Scottish but i'm looking around North America + Ok, I'll consider 'Some' european countries, not them all, I don't want glamour like france. i want somewhere which is 'Me'

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    I dont know if someone here has already said this or not . I would go to a college in a state where you think you would end up at . So if you want to work in the computer field and might end up working in California. You should go to a college in California. This would make for an easier transition from college to living here .

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    College? No way dude. That's just more debts and I can't live abroad on my own at 16, too expensive and not ideal
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    America really is not that great. Yeah sure there are some great opportunities for education and starting careers depending on what you want to do but I don't see why people everywhere around the world are trying so hard to come here. We have one of the worst economies, American culture has become a joke, most people are assholes here, the worst health care system in the world, and way too many enviornmental issues to even begin naming them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by infinitEEntropy View Post
    America really is not that great. Yeah sure there are some great opportunities for education and starting careers depending on what you want to do but I don't see why people everywhere around the world are trying so hard to come here. We have one of the worst economies, American culture has become a joke, most people are assholes here, the worst health care system in the world, and way too many enviornmental issues to even begin naming them all.
    I loved America. Everyone was uber friendly, kind, considerate. Yeah, a few New Yorkers can be w*nkers sometimes, but in general I was met with nothing but kindness. Also, Minnesotans = nicest people in the world. Iowans are great too. LOVED IT! (just don't trust any girls named Megan... all American Megans I met were not nice people; random... BUT TRUE!)
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