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Old 06-07-2013, 01:51 AM
Location: New Jersey
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I've been on these forums on and off for the last three years. Most of my time was spent in the Hawaii threads when I tried to make a living out there. It's been a while since I was out on the islands and I've been back in school for the last year and a half getting myself together and now I have new plans in mind.

I live in the NYC metropolitan area and I attend a private college in Asheville, North Carolina. Lately I've grown disenchanted with my school and the direction it has gone in. The price of the college has also been rising steadily over the last two years and I'm looking to make a change. I'm 23 years old and my other concern is getting out on my own and starting my life already. I've traveled a bit before college and I thought I'd like to settle out West in the Pacific Northwest area. The Northeast is much too expensive and I need a more laid back environment which I experienced in Portland, OR.

At some point, however, Canada came to mind as a place to settle down for a few reasons: 1) college is inexpensive even for international students; 2) big cities are diverse racially and culturally (and apparently people are more laid back across the country); 3) overall better quality of life. So I've been looking into schools to transfer to for next Fall. After my final semester at my current college I plan to take the Spring semester off and work for between January and August and then continue my education.

What I'm wondering is: if you've done this and become a Canadian citizen in the process, what was the process like and do you have any tips? The universities I'm considering applying to are UBC, McGill, and Waterloo for a degree in Philosophy. I plan to work in Journalism. I don't plan on living on campus and I will most likely be moving with my girlfriend who can help with expenses. Thanks for any help that you all can give. If you've got any more questions, let me know.
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