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Old 12-19-2011, 12:57 AM
 
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Hi there!
I'm currently a university student in Adelaide, South Australia, looking to do a student exchange to somewhere in the US in 2013.
I'm currently a 19 year old girl and have never been overseas, other than Bali. I haven't seen snow since I was 2 years old, and the coldest temp I have experienced is about 2 degrees Celsius. However I do love winter and am not fussed whether I live near the beach or not.
I will be studying Psychology.
I would like to live alone, but on campus - single room or sharing an apartment with one other person.
I don't play any sport, but have a huge interest in horses and riding.
I do love bars and nightlife, but it isn't essential for me... as long as I make some amazing friends while I'm over there!
I enjoy landscape and weather photography. I eat anything. LOVE Abercrombie & Fitch. I wouldn't have a car so would need to live somewhere that has public transportation.
I am in no way religious.

Where would you recommend out of the following choices?
- Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Buffalo State College, New York
- University of Connecticut, Storrs
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Texas A&M University, College Station

I'm extremely excited about coming over there
Any advice would be great!
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC NoVA
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buffalo state is going to be the most urban. there's not going to be many, if any at all, public transportation options in any of the other places you listed. i know buffalo state is on the north side of buffalo, which is the nicest part of the city and there is an avenue called elmwood avenue that's the "hip" place to be there i guess. buffalo also has chippewa street, which is where all the nightlife there occurs. there are lots of clubs and bars.

niagara falls and some casinos will only be 30 minutes away and toronto maybe an hour and a half. buffalo's also on lake erie which is basically a freshwater ocean it's so big.

if i were you, i'd probably go to buffalo state. next choice would be uconn.

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Old 01-06-2012, 08:37 AM
 
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You should avoid College Station and Stillwater as they are one of the most boring and conservative places. also there is no public transportation in these places. Mankato can become very very cold. Amherst, Storrs and Buffalo will be better choices.
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Hi there!
I'm currently a university student in Adelaide, South Australia, looking to do a student exchange to somewhere in the US in 2013.
I'm currently a 19 year old girl and have never been overseas, other than Bali. I haven't seen snow since I was 2 years old, and the coldest temp I have experienced is about 2 degrees Celsius. However I do love winter and am not fussed whether I live near the beach or not.
I will be studying Psychology.
I would like to live alone, but on campus - single room or sharing an apartment with one other person.
I don't play any sport, but have a huge interest in horses and riding.
I do love bars and nightlife, but it isn't essential for me... as long as I make some amazing friends while I'm over there!
I enjoy landscape and weather photography. I eat anything. LOVE Abercrombie & Fitch. I wouldn't have a car so would need to live somewhere that has public transportation.
I am in no way religious.

Where would you recommend out of the following choices?
- Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Buffalo State College, New York
- University of Connecticut, Storrs
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Texas A&M University, College Station

I'm extremely excited about coming over there
Any advice would be great!
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:12 PM
 
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Originally Posted by ellafromlittleadelaide View Post
Hi there!
I'm currently a university student in Adelaide, South Australia, looking to do a student exchange to somewhere in the US in 2013.
I'm currently a 19 year old girl and have never been overseas, other than Bali. I haven't seen snow since I was 2 years old, and the coldest temp I have experienced is about 2 degrees Celsius. However I do love winter and am not fussed whether I live near the beach or not.
I will be studying Psychology.
I would like to live alone, but on campus - single room or sharing an apartment with one other person.
I don't play any sport, but have a huge interest in horses and riding.
I do love bars and nightlife, but it isn't essential for me... as long as I make some amazing friends while I'm over there!
I enjoy landscape and weather photography. I eat anything. LOVE Abercrombie & Fitch. I wouldn't have a car so would need to live somewhere that has public transportation.
I am in no way religious.

Where would you recommend out of the following choices?
- Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Buffalo State College, New York
- University of Connecticut, Storrs
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Texas A&M University, College Station

I'm extremely excited about coming over there
Any advice would be great!
Buffalo is the only one on your list that is a big city, although others are close to big cities. Since you don't have a car, though, you're not going to be making many trips to the Twin Cities from Mankato or Boston from Amherst, I would assume.....?

It's going to be a matter of how you prioritize, I guess. All of those are college towns, all will have bars and nightlife to a degree, Buffalo will have a much bigger feel than any of them. Buffalo will also probably be the snowiest. The smaller towns probably offer you more in the way of nature photography (the topography around Mankato, for instance, is spectacular), and the horseback riding.

Anyway, good luck...
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Old 01-06-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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You would definitely get plenty of snow in Buffalo! I have a couple of friends who attended Buff State for Psychology and they loved their time there. I agree with previous posters that Buffalo is probably the easiest of the cities listed to get around without a car. Proximity to Canada for weekend trips is nice, too!
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:02 AM
 
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You would definitely get plenty of snow in Buffalo! I have a couple of friends who attended Buff State for Psychology and they loved their time there. I agree with previous posters that Buffalo is probably the easiest of the cities listed to get around without a car. Proximity to Canada for weekend trips is nice, too!
You can still get out into nature within minutes outside of Buffalo too. So, out of the choices, it seems like the best choice.
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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I was once a foreign student in the US.
In most of the places you'll need a car, cars are cheap and a basic staple there.
Even if you live in a large city, you'll need a car... more so if you live in a dorm.
You'll need a car to enjoy all your hobbies, horse riding, nature....
So, my two cents...if you don't have a driver licence, do some practices in your hometown and take the test in the US (very easy and cheap).
Cars are a basic need, except, I'm told, in NY.
Do you remember those Spaghetty Westerns that used to say "a man with no horse is a dead man"... It's true for most of the country.
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:16 AM
 
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Actually UMass would be a great option as Amherst is home to three colleges (UMass, Amherst and Hampshire), and five if you include Smith and Mount Holyoke which are just outside of town, which means a lot of social opportunity in a city with a smaller population. It's going to be a safer area as well than places like Buffalo or Stillwater. Amherst also has a very good public transit system due to the presence of so many students and is fare-free for students with ID cards! PVTA Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts Transit Authority UMass also has it's own transit system UMass Transit

Amherst is in a rural area with plenty of opportunity for horse enthusiasts.
http://sycamore-stables.com/
http://heartland-farm.com/


Amherst has frequent daily bus service to both Boston and NYC (Peter Pan and MegaBus) so weekend jaunts are an easy few hours away. Peter Pan Bus Company - The Northeast's Premier Bus Line
megabus.com | Now serving over 15 million bus customers in North America

Amherst Downtown - Amherst, Massachusetts
Home - Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce
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Old 01-07-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Here is the neighborhood that Buffalo State is located near:
Elmwood Village - Buffalo New York - YouTube

The Elmwood Village Association

and more: Neighbors
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:00 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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I would look into umass Amherst and live in northampton if you can. Great local restaurant and bar scene, cultural activities and a very liberal and accepting community. During the academic year umass transit offers free service from 7am to 2:30am every day in the 5 college area.

I would rank my top 3 as:

1. UMASS Amherst
2. Buffalo state college
3. UCONN
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