I'm starting the college process and have my heart set on California. I know that the cal state school's are nearly impossible to get in to if you live out of state. So my question is does anyone know/have any experience with private schools out there that are willing to take out of state students?
If your main intention is surfing, I'd look into some of the UC's, like santa cruz, santa barbara, or san deigo.. I'm on the same boat. Looking into colleges and will not budge from my plan of going to california..
Or move to Cali after high school, get a low pay job for a year while you surf, to establish residency, then apply as a resident. Any buddies you could bunk with for a year?
If I had it over to do I would take Betty's advice. Almost 7 years out if school and still working on my student loans. There is a lot of growing up to do between high school and graduating college and you don't necessarily need to do it with a whole bunch of other 18 year olds who don't know what they want to do. That being said, if you know what you want to study and find a school that has your major, more power to you.
If you're looking for a pseudo-free (you'll pay it back later) vacation party maybe you should take some time off to figure out what you want to do, save some money, travel, join the peace corp or something. College is not the time where you figure out what you want to be, it should be where you hone your skills and figure out how to make money for the rest of your life.
So basically, find some roomies, surf a lot, go on as many trips as possible but keep your eye on the prize. When you figure out what it is you really want, go 100% and really focus in on it and do what you want to do.
I was in my room and I was just like staring at the wall thinking about everything, but then again I was thinking about nothing. And then my mom came in, and I didn't even know she was there. She called my name and I didn't hear her and then she started screaming “Mike, Mike!” And I go “what? What's the matter?” She goes “what's the matter with you?” I go “there's nothing wrong, mom.” Shes all “don't tell me that! You're on drugs!” I go “no mom, I'm not on drugs. I'm ok, I'm just thinking, you know? Why don't you get me a Pepsi?” She goes “No! You're on drugs!” I go “mom, I'm ok. I'm just thinking.” She goes “No! You're not thinking, you're on drugs! Normal people don't be acting that way!” I go “mom, just get me a Pepsi! Please, all I want is a Pepsi!” And she wouldn't give it to me! All I wanted was a Pepsi, just one Pepsi, and she wouldn't give it to me! Just a Pepsi!