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Nov. 16th, 2010 | 04:22 am
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posted by: euphonious_13 in advice_source

I'm a 20 year old female university student. I go to Penn State where I'm in my third year majoring in finance, but for this year I am studying abroad in the UK. I'm set to graduate a semester early, so in December 2011 (a month after my 21st birthday).

Just recently, I had my 20th birthday here in the UK with the friends I've made here and my boyfriend (who's nearly 24) that I started dating when he was studying abroad from the UK at Penn State last year. I was overwhelmed with a feeling of just being lost and having no idea what to do with my life. I graduate uni with a degree I don't enjoy in just over a year with over $100K in debt from student loans.

I've always wanted to move to the UK, well, "always" meaning since I was 16 and that hasn't changed. But I don't know how. The visas are complicated and stressful and I don't even know if I qualify for one and I don't understand how I don't, but I don't know. Will I have to go to grad school over here in order to stay? I can't afford much more debt. Actually, I can't even afford the debt I already have. But I have to stay here. For me. 

Then there's the issue of work and surviving while paying off these debts. I have a degree that could make me a lot of money if I liked it. I was so young when I declared my major, 17 in fact, and I didn't know what I was doing. I saw money and thought that it made sense. Now, though, I realize I can't condemn myself to working in a stock market-ish field. I've learned about myself. I've learned of my passion for films and my desire to be part of the filmmaking process. I want to do that. I need to do that. I don't know how to go about doing that. I can't find anyone to help. I feel alone.

I don't know what my question is, or what advice I'm seeking. I just know that I need some sort of advice about where to go with this life.
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from: hoodwink
date: Dec. 23rd, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)

I really am not sure about the laws in Europe in regards to moving there. You would probably have better luck looking online to see what your options are at becoming a citizen.

I know that my mom's husband had to have a job already waiting for him when he first moved here. It was a lengthy process and can get expensive.

I'd speak to immigrations and see if they can provide further information.


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