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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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