california. College is cheap out there after you establish residency. So... move there, take a semester of community college or just work and get your crap together, then reap the bennies. Personally I'd choose something in or around san diego...
I went to ODU in norfolk and the surf in VB sucks. Of course the universe would bring me back...
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Jul 19, 2012, 06:20 PM #21Senior Member
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Jul 19, 2012, 08:11 PM #22Senior Member
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Many may disagree with me, but I moved to the mountains. I took up snowboarding and did that for a few years. Return to the coast and you will have a new perspective on surfing. Your passion for it will be off the charts. There are cheaper schools as well (even if you stayed in the East Coast).
Go to Community College first. It saves you money and will "get your mind right" regarding academics. Perhaps this helps. In high school, I was a compulsive stoner that just wanted to ride his boards. I went to school, did community college, transferred to a 4 year school and paid his way through.
I must admit, Colorado would be a cool place. The only thing missing is ocean, however, the attitude is beach, mountains can be fun (steep mountains, deep snow, lots of sunshine and snowbunnies) with plenty of outdoor activities. If you like history and the outdoors, you will actually like it there. Really achin' for Cali? 14 hour road trip. Take some friends and you won't forget it.
Jul 19, 2012, 08:29 PM #23Junior Member
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I live in wilmington and am in HS so i know a thing or two about UNCW. It's a good school as far as academics go, but not fantastic. You'll probably have a better chance of getting into uncw than UC schools. Also, trust me, the surf isn't always there. You'll understand because you're from LI. The surf here usually stays from 1-3 feet and I have only surfed it when it was head high once or twice, and I've been surfing here for like 5 years. That being said some of the students there are really talented surfers. So i would agree with the people above and say check out some California schools more.
Jul 19, 2012, 08:47 PM #24
you seem.... a tad naive to this whole process. What do you want to major? What exactly is is GPA? SATS? ACT? $ situation? Nonetheless, if possible, I'd say go to a school in California. I go to UNCW, I love it. I transferred in after spending a miserable year in a college in PA, and now i'm living beach front for the upcoming semester (ta daaa, cheap too actually). Everyone kinda shreds here for the most part, and I'm gonna say WB is the best surf town on the EC. The school itself is killer, the campus, girls, academics (except for the crazed liberal english dept and administration, but what school isn't like that?) especially the sciences and business (which i am currently killin it in). I could go on, but i don't feel like typing right now.
I do that 1 bit of advice; Do not go to Hawaii. It's a death pit. It's almost too perfect. I know 2 people that went there for college and they are completely different now. I dont know if its a coincidence or what, but the drugs, culture and vibe is different as a student rather as a visiter.
I would have gone to California if I could, but money and the fact that my parents who are helping me pay for college wouldn't let me.
Jul 19, 2012, 08:56 PM #25Senior Member
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I moved to San Diego (Pacific Beach originally, now in Mission Beach) a year ago.
This place is PARADISE. Hot chicks everywhere & waves are always rideable. Dont settle for somewhere you will be misearble (east coast). You can honestly apply to university of phoenix and do online classes from your porch facing the beach.
I know people from Ivy league's that cant find a job and guys that never went to college that have a phenominal career and great pay. It's all about how much effort YOU put into your own education and future.
But like I said if you're miserable always thinking about surf - you will never get anywhere. Find out where you will be happiest (geographically) and move forward from there.
Edit - Check Mesa Community College in SD county. Get your residency in 1 year or even get your AA then transfer to SDSU and get in state tuition. Any idiot that jumps right into a 4 year school at $30-$50K a year is a fool and shouldnt be crying about ridiculous student loans. Most people say a car or a home is your biggest purchase. Im going to go ahead and say college is. Do all of your research
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Jul 20, 2012, 02:35 AM #28Member
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i've already spent some time away from the coast and i'm definitely not looking to do that again... totally sucks but it does increase your appreciation for surfing. and regarding the guy that says hawaii is a "death pit". if there is any truth to this can someone please elaborate?
also, would it make more sense to live in CA for a year to get residency, then go to 4 year college, or do 2 years of community college there first? are there financial benefits for doing 2 years of community over there?
Jul 20, 2012, 04:47 AM #29
I didn't come from money. I went back to school out here when community college credits where 33$ an hour instate. That was a minute ago. I have no idea what they are now for out of state, but I bet you the best board in your quiver they're cheaper than the average 4 year Uni. Go to school now. Don't wait, the more time you put off the harder it gets. Maybe you don't know what to do with your life, don't worry. Take history, math, programming, science and the arts. Learn how to write properly. Start a business. Life is a great teacher, either choose yours or have it chosen for you. Also, the Interwebbies is a great place to figure out how much these things are gonna cost your illustrious benefactors. Do some independent research MAN, you're going to college. All these schools list their tuitions online. Craigslist or zillow will give you the cost of housing. I will tell you, the best thing in this life you can learn how to figure out, is how much something is actually going to cost. A.K.A. cost/benefit analysis. Makes the Earth keep spinning on it's axis apparently.
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Jul 20, 2012, 12:06 PM #30Junior Member
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