I live in Ohio now and i would love to chase my dreams and go to school in Florida this coming year. A friend and i have thought about this for years and we would love to move in together into an apartment, get an easy going job to support ourselves maybe for the first year and then the next year attending a college. We want to live by the coast where we could easily drive down to the beach. Even a community college is alright for our core classes. We have always dreamed of this and we know we will regret it if we don't do this in the long run. Are there any suggested cities or schools i should research?
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I'd recommend Tampa, it's got the beaches and it's a nice place. USF is the major University there, but there are also plenty of smaller schools and community colleges. The only thing I'd say would be hard is finding a job. I've got plenty of friends from that area that chose to go to school at UCF in Orlando b/c they just couldn't find a job where the hours were good enough.
I don't know why fred said no job and no apartment... I did my first year that way, and have had plenty of friends do that. I'm guessing you want to wait a year so you qualify for in state tuition, which is smart. If that's the case you'll have no choice but to get an apartment.
I would suggest making a visit to see the areas you're interested in and to make sure it will work for you. Also, apply for jobs before you actually move, maybe a month before. Most applications are done online now so once you know where you'll be moving and have an address start applying so when you get here you'll likely have one or two interviews lined up. Best of luck, prepare for the summer heat since you're from Ohio.
You will not get in state tuition by living in FL for a year at age 18
an easy going job? You will be lucky to find any kind of full time work.
The closer you are to the beach, the more expensive apartments are going to be. You can research apartment costs on line
You can also pull up all 4 year colleges and CC in the state of FL on line
Ok. I'm a teacher with three degrees. (I have an Associate's from a local community college, and my Bachelor's and my Master's from Buffalo State College in NY.)
Let me tell you right now that you really need to get your priorities in order. You don't choose a school by location; you choose a school by their curriculum and whether it fits for you. This is your life you're talking about. Do you want to pick a school simply because it is more convenient to waste time nearby?
I chose my school based on what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to be a teacher, and in my area, there were four state schools that I could choose from. (Brockport, Buffalo State, University at Buffalo, and Fredonia State.) I eliminated Fredonia and Brockport because the commute during the winter weather "events" would be too much. I chose Buffalo State because I liked their curriculum better. I would have preferred going to UB, but their Education curriculum wasn't as attractive as Buffalo State.
You need to figure out what you're doing before you think of choosing a school. Some community colleges do not offer "core classes" in certain curricula, nor do they necessarily transfer any of the credits to a 4-year institution.
Once you have a major in mind, THEN you find the school and whether or not it's a good fit for you.
As far as an "easygoing" job goes, yeah, good luck with that. In order to afford rent and utilities in the nicer places near the beach, you're going to pretty much be working all the time because it's doubtful you'll get much more than minimum wage. I hope you wouldn't be counting on saving up tons of money.
So you ask here and not your guidance counselor?
No job, no apartment. At most you live on campus the first year or two.