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Old 07-09-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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G'day everyone, I'm new to this forum.
Currently On holidays in Barcelona, Spain, but i live in the infamous Australia.

I was talking to my parents about moving to study and hopefully work in the United States today, there supporting me to go and move on with life.

Next year i will be in the 10th grade, As soon as i arrive back to Australia i plan on going to apply for a student visa to study in the United States.

To the point;
I know no one in the U.S nor do i know much about it, But all of you people live there and live the U.S life. If i go, i have no where to go or know where to go.

I need to know one of the median city's, something not too big and not too small. Good enough for a Teenage boy like me to go to school safely, with good jobs [I'm Good in PC's and General IT], alright climate and a median lifestyle e.g eating out once every 2 weeks etc.

Thanks alot, HH61
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Central Nebraska
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My first thought was Austin, TX and with the University of Texas there, it might provide some further educational opportunties. But really there is a lot of cities for you, any more specifics on what you might be looking for in a city?
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:26 PM
 
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I need to know one of the median city's, something not too big and not too small. Good enough for a Teenage boy like me to go to school safely, with good jobs [I'm Good in PC's and General IT], alright climate and a median lifestyle e.g eating out once every 2 weeks etc.

Thanks alot, HH61

Hey, there. Aussie living in the U.S. here. With the PC and IT skills, you can pretty much go anywhere. If you want to be in one of the hubs, you can't go wrong with San Jose/Silicon Valley, California. San Jose State University is right there. It's about 45-60 minutes south of San Francisco, so you can do a lot of cool things in the city, not too far away.

The only thing is that SJ is rather expensive to live in, as is San Francisco, so you might want to look at places in between them to live in.
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:30 PM
 
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I know, But for an average job do you get a good enough income to eat drink pay bills and sleep well?
[in San Francisco or SJ]

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:49 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Lexington, KY
- 17th safest US city out of 100 largest
- 10th best educated city in US (percent w/ a bachelor's degree= 40%)
- vibrant downtown for a city of 276,000
- home to University of Kentucky
- surrounded by beautiful horse farms
http://static3.bareka.com/photos/medium/7376046/untitled.jpg (broken link)







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Old 07-09-2008, 08:01 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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Hey man, I'm 15 as well.

Anyways, I recommend Alpharetta, GA. It has pretty good schools, and there's lots of things to do, the Georgia State Mall is only about 15 minutes away. People are not racist here so you don't have to worry about that, it's only about 35 minutes to Dwntwn ATL. The climate is OK, it has mild winters with 1 or 2 snowfalls a year, generally about 5-10 degrees cooler at night in winter than Atlanta. And you're also pretty close to the mountains.


Good Luck
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:14 PM
 
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Oh and I love soccer.

Thanks for all the help, Hopefully people can still help me pick from city's.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:15 PM
 
Location: still in exile......
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Oh and I love soccer.

Thanks for all the help, Hopefully people can still help me pick from city's.
Yea, every single school has soccer in North GA



Good Luck
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:35 PM
 
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I second Austin and the University of Texas - it has one of the largest international student populations (along with one the largest student populations, in general) and is in a great, vibrant city with an economy built on the IT industry.
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Old 07-09-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Omaha
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I reccomend Omaha, although there may be a city that fits your desires better, Omaha is a good sampler platter of America. We are a medium/large city in the heart of the nation with a thriving arts scene, and are renowned for our friendly citizens who are overjoyed to see out-of-towners. I would steer clear of any really large city or really tiny town because people in large numbers or tiny groups tend to harbor an aire of exclusivity(not always, but occationally). Omaha and other cities of our size especially in the midwest are likely to be more friendly to strangers. I feel Omaha, Des Mones potentially Witchita would best represent all facets of American culture. A city just large enough to represent our urban culture, but with enough influences to represent our rural culture as well.

If you're also looking for just a plain good place to live, none of these cities fail you either. It just depends on the number of people you want surrounding you. If you want a MEGA city, then none of these places will suit you. You want a cowtown, again you'd be looking in the wrong place. But if you want a progressive medium or large sized city, I'd give Omaha a look.
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