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Tex

Uppsala, Sweden

#1 Sep 13, 2006
Hello everyone! I am 16 year old boy living in Sweden. I am actually born in USA so I am a US citizen and I have an US passport. I am moving to USA for a couple of reasons: First of all; I love USA! The culture and everything. One big reason is that the education is great in USA. We were off 3 weeks at Hawaii and California and it was a pleasure. Since the family have some friends here and is recommending me to move to Maryland leads to a lot of questions.

Why should I live in Maryland? Is there anything I should now about Maryland before (if) I move to this place?
How are the schools? I can't probably afford to be in a private school so since the public schools are free I'll have to choose that. Which one is the most serious one? Can I choose a school after my specifik interests (which are technology, science, nature, astrology, games and entertainment)?
I know that Annapolis is the capital and Baltimore is the bigger one, but how is it to actually live in Maryland and these cities?

How about housing? Is there any cheap flats for rent to students? If I were going to start College then I could live in a College Campus but this is another sitation.

What about the laws here? Would be nice if anyone could list some important rules of this state. I saw on Wikipedia that Maryland is an independent state so it has it own's rules.

It is great that Maryland is so close to Washington and New York, that is a big plus! How long does it take to get to these cities from Maryland?

Well I might come with more questions. Feel free to inform me about anything you would like.

Regards, Tex
Thomas Paine

Columbus, OH

#2 Sep 14, 2006
Maryland Sucks. Stay away. Go to Virgina instead.
JBC

Baltimore, MD

#3 Sep 14, 2006
Thomas Paine wrote:
Maryland Sucks. Stay away. Go to Virgina instead.
Then why don't you get out of Cabin John? "Love it or Leave it"
James

Olney, MD

#4 Sep 14, 2006
Maryland has way too much traffic, high home prices (but starting to fall), predominantly blacks/working class in PG County, lots of hispanics/blacks/asians/middle easterners - whites are moving farther out, fairly liberal legal climate, very close to DC (as little as 20 minutes without traffic) and about 4 hours from New York (you can get to New York by train, bus, car, or plane). DC is not as "cool" or "cultural" as you may think. It has lots of museums and enough international flair but little "real-life" culture - most people around here are into money and work. The work climate is fairly conservative with lots of government related employment - jobs are plentiful. University Of Maryland in College Park is reasonably priced and highly rated in most of the science and business programs. If you are not concerned with cost of living, I would head for Northern California for great colleges (and pretty cheap for in-state residents), climate, and culture. Plus it's near the ocean! Or maybe Colorado...
Tex

Sweden

#5 Sep 14, 2006
Thanks Thomas, JBC and James for your tips. I have no idea where to move. It is plenty of states and cities that looks nice to live in.

Thomas, why don't you like Maryland? The location seems nice. Near Washington and New York. But as James says it is maybe true that it does not fit a teenanger.

Where would you recommend me to move?
There should be many good colleges around (especially technology and science and nature colleges). I think it would be nice to live in a big city. But maybe outside a big city.

There should be many places around with mountains and yeah pretty much near water. To hike and explore you know.:)

Is there any site where I can see which state/city that fits me? I have looked for it but did not find so many.

Also do you guys have any email or instant messenger so we could talk a little bit more? Would be nice.

/Tex
Tex

Sweden

#6 Sep 14, 2006
James, Northern Carolina looks nice but it does not neccessary has to be within the Washington or New York area.

Could not edit the post above so made a new one. Again would be nice if we could talk on email or any instant messenger.

Regards, Tex
Annonymous

United States

#7 Sep 14, 2006
University of Maryland College Park has a lot of crime around it. It always seemed that at any given time there were 3 perpetrators running around assualting women, robbing people etc. It is considered an excellent school however. George Mason in Virginia is good and less exspensive.
Scoff

Washington, DC

#8 Sep 14, 2006
If you want the best colleges for technology and to live in a city which is fairly large but doesn't have some of the overcrowding and crime issues of DC or NYC, perhaps you could try Boston. MIT, Northeastern, BU. The only problem there is even though people talk about how expensive DC is, the Boston area is much more expensive. It is probably almost as expensive as NYC or San Fran.(I am from there and have a house here in MD but could never afford to go back to MA)

Good luck.

Be safe.
Tex

Sweden

#9 Sep 14, 2006
Thanks Scoff. I actually thought of Bostom and it seems nice.

Do you have any other recommendations?

Regards, Tex
Thomas Paine

Columbus, OH

#11 Sep 15, 2006
JBC wrote:
<quoted text>
Then why don't you get out of Cabin John? "Love it or Leave it"
Trust me I am working on it. You can have The Democratic People's Republic of Maryland. I am moving hopefully before the end of the year. You can keep it!
Tex

Sweden

#12 Sep 15, 2006
Thomas, just curious, where are you moving?

And why don't you like Maryland?

Regards, Tex
JBC

Baltimore, MD

#13 Sep 15, 2006
Tex, I have a good friend from Sweden who lived here (DC?VA?MD area) several years ago. He is now in Canada but I know would be willing to share with you his experience living in this area.
Tex

Sweden

#14 Sep 15, 2006
JBC that would be great. Do you have any email or instant messenger where we can talk about it? Or if you want, share it here.

/Tex
JBC

Baltimore, MD

#15 Sep 16, 2006
Tex wrote:
JBC that would be great. Do you have any email or instant messenger where we can talk about it? Or if you want, share it here.
/Tex
Please share your email address.
Tex

Sweden

#16 Sep 16, 2006
JBC wrote:
<quoted text> Please share your email address.
Sure. The email is topixo@gmail.com
john k

Atlanta, GA

#18 Sep 16, 2006
baltimore is a wonderful place,u will love it.
coolmind

North East, MD

#19 Sep 17, 2006
Maryland is very diverse... from very remote country to inner city. From mountains to ocean shores. From symphony orchestra to blue grass music. It's what ever you are looking for. The weather is not great; either hot and humid or cold and humid. There is much rat-race on the east coast. Check out New Mexico for beautiful weather and landscapes and lifestyles.
Cathy

United States

#20 Sep 23, 2006
Maryland SUCKS ,and you need to get yourself ready for a huge culture shock if you move to the Eastern Shore especially, i was born there , lived their for my first 28 years and thank god i left !!!!!!!!
coolmind

North East, MD

#21 Sep 23, 2006
some in Md don't know what to do with their time, or how to move away from adversity... some are just crabby (pun!)

Try it.. if you don't like it, try New Mexico
Scoff

Washington, DC

#22 Sep 24, 2006
Cathy, I'm curious, I'm not from MD originally - how has the Eastern Shore changed and what do you mean by 'culture shock'. I was in OC 2 wks ago and the E Shore seemed quiet and rural to me. OC had the beach crowd I'd expect. Anyway, just curious...

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