Hello all, I haven't been very active lately but I have been lurking, reading content and occasionally posting a comment or 2. I haven't been playing WoT either but since I kinda grew with this forum it is the community I've connected the most with. Well here is what I ask of everyone: I need your help on making a very important decision, I have been struggling over this decision for quite some time now but can't seem to make up my mind.
Some context before I start: I have dual citizenship (American/Brazilian) and I was born in Florida. Lived most of my teenage years in Tampa, Fl and dreamed of going to college at either UF or USF but that didn't happen cuz my family decided to move to Brazil my junior year (something we all regret very much cuz it didn't work out at all)
In a couple of weeks I will be leaving for the US through a exchange program here in Brazil called Ciencias sem Fronteiras (Science without Borders). In this program I will be going to an American university to study abroad for a whole year (2 semesters + summer activities/internships), after this period I am obligated to return to Brazil and remain there for a period of 2 years before I can leave the country (sketchy, I know). That is because I am supposed to finish my major in Brazil and that would be about the same amount of time necessary to do that. While in the U.S. I will have everything paid for me: tuition, housing and meals; and I also get $300 per month for monthly expenses (entertainment and other stuff). The Uni I will be going to is USF.
The big decision I'm having trouble with is: Should I go through the exchange program and have to return (easy mode but I'm not inclined cuz then I'd have to go back to Brazil)? Or should I risk going it alone with little financial help, looking for a job, working full time and later studying part time but not having to return, and live the rest of my life in the U.S.? (what I want, but also what I'm the most nervous about).
Note: I would be staying at a friends house in Tampa so I all I'd have to worry about is finding a job; also if I go it alone I'd be trying to enroll at USF in spring. I also have 2 years experience in retail for electronics (mostly PC/Notebook/Tablets/smartphones) that would hopefully land me a job somewhere.
Sorry for the wall of text and sorry I don't have a tl;dr version of it. If you guys have any questions regarding my situation plz ask.