Heya, I'm going straight to the point. I'd really like to move out of my country. I've always wanted to study, live and work abroad, especially USA or Japan. An year ago I had an opportunity to study in Japan for 1 full year, with all the expenses paid: travell, school fees, accomodation, etc., however I couldn't take advantage of it, since it started right when I had my national exams, which can grant me access to the college. I was really upset about it when I found out, because I had even take a japanese course at one college, when I was in high school, so I could have some basis, but I'm already through it. Besides, I'm always excited to learn new stuff, and I really like Japan. Anyway, I feel kinda trapped in Portugal. It's a rather small country, with only 10 million people, and I don't feel very comfortable in it. I'm currently 18 and I'm on the first year of an IT course, at the best engineering college in the country. It has a very good foundation, and has many partnerships with international college, and IT institutes, such as the almighty MIT. I was going to try to apply for the MIT, before applying to my current college, since my grades were good, and I was prepared for the SAT, however, the college fees there were rather high.. However, lately I've been lacking motivation to carry on with the studies. I feel like I'm missing something.. I'm pretty sure I'd be much more motivated studying abroad than in my own country. Plus, lately I've started to earn a stable income online, which I'm happy about. But, whether you want to acknowledge it, or not, the americans have it a bit easier on the IM field. Sometimes, some resources are easier to get for the americans, than the non-US. Well, but that's not the main point of my post (which is rather long by now). As I stated before, I've always wanted to come to the USA and continue my studies there, having a part time job, and working online. I'm pretty confident with my english skills (I know they aren't perfect, but I can handle the language well, at least I think), but if it were necessary I could take an advance, masters, whatever, course in English. And I've always aspired for more! I'm not interely happy with what I have, wanting more and more, diversifying as much as possible. I would like to move to an active and full of energy city, like NY. I mean, the USA is still the land of opportunities! Besides, I'm still very young, I have a full life in front of me. What states/cities would you recommend me? What about colleges? Workplaces? Places to rent? Fill me with information, of any kind! (as long as it's important lol tell me about the strip clubs later lool nah, just kidding =p) Sorry about the long thread (and any errors it may contain, I didn't proofread it) but I guess the most information I would give, better the answers would be! Thanks!