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hi, 18, female, freshman in college. i do not have a major yet, but i am leaning towards communications...except that i am not sure what type of communications job that i can use abroad. i am also interested in sonography, but with my depressing math/science skills it will mostly be unlikely, though i would probably love it because it would be as close to being an obstetrician as i could get...

the more i read and hear the less i want to make America my home for the rest of my life. not to sound cliche, but america's going 1984, piece by piece. it freaks me out.
as i am merely a college freshman with basically no life experience, i understand that i am highly uninformed on what one must do to become an expatriate of most any country you want to live in other than your home country. you have to get a lot of stuff together. is it nearly impossible to become an expatriate nowadays? is there anything i can do now to prepare to live in another country someday? does anyone else feel the way i do, or has moved to another country and is happier than they were in this one?  

should i try to get into a job that would advise going to graduate school?
i suppose i should mention that i consider myself 'religious' as i guess  you might put it. and i was wondering if there are countries that are really anti-Christian.
it's a really overwhelming thing to even consider, but if i can somehow get my foot in the door now, then i know i will not regret it later.
will studying abroad help me? 

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Date:November 23rd, 2007 03:58 am (UTC)
Communications... learn a language and work as a translator maybe?

Sonography is probably a better bet, employment-wise... don't give up just because you're a bit weak in math/science. I've had a little experience playing with ultrasound (veterinary, not human), and the most important skill is a good visual imagination so you know where things are and can piece together what you're seeing on the screen into something coherent. The hardest class you'll have to pass on your way to it is anatomy, which takes a bunch of memorization... put enough time into studying and you'll make it through just fine.

In terms of anti-Christian... which countries are you talking about? There are a lot of countries where people don't tend to like noisy pushy ultra-evangelical Christians, but don't mind the nice polite Christians. The noisy pushy ultra-evangelical Christians may go on about "anti-Christian Europe" and such, but the people they encountered were reacting to the fact that they were pushy jerks, not to the fact that they were Christians.
Date:November 23rd, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
i tried to send my reply in an email message but i don't think it worked...
oh sweet.
it's not that i'm a pushy-evangelical type, but i do like having the ability to be a Christian without bibles outlawed or whatever. I'm actually thinking of sweden or New Zealand if I did actually start majoring in sonography. gah! :P
so you think that is hope, even with my terrible skills in those areas? i know a bunch of countries need sonographers, and it really seems like an interesting field. i'm just afraid of the math and science :) a little bit of the reason i would do the whole communications thing might be because at least i'd be able to travel some. but i'd like to expatriate maybe!
that really brightened my day.

thanks for the advice! :)
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Date:November 23rd, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
I don't think my account is set up to get emails through LJ...

They're definitely not about to outlaw bibles in Sweden or New Zealand. ;-) People in both countries tend to be tolerant and accepting of peoples' religions.

It's probably a good idea to visit a country before deciding you want to move there. You can spend a year working in New Zealand through BUNAC, or you might be able to go to Sweden as an au pair (sorry I don't have any details on how to do this).

There is DEFINITELY hope for you in sonography. A few of the pre-requisite courses might be difficult, but they're difficult for everyone, and schools take that into account when they're doing admissions... they don't expect you to have 4.0'd everything. And once you make it through the prerequisites and into a sonography program, you'll be fine.
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Date:November 23rd, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
A few more things:

1. Don't fall into the trap of thinking expatriating will solve all of your problems, and your new country will be perfect. EVERY country has its flaws. But, if you find you are more comfortable someplace else, and that their flaws bother you less, and that you'd rather live there, go for it!

2. Don't be ashamed of being an American... our country may be run by morons, but so are most other countries (and citizens of other countries definitely do complain that their countries are run by idiots). ;-) Some of our fellow Americans may be embarrassingly stupid/annoying/whatever, but not ALL of them... the problem is that the idiots are louder than the nice people. When traveling/living abroad, you have an excellent opportunity to show people a nice, polite, friendly American, and help improve the international view of America a little.

3. If you really want to do this, don't let anybody talk you out of it by telling you that it's impossible. It might be hard, but it is NOT impossible, and if you stick with it and are willing to work hard and not give up, you CAN make it happen.
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