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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Heap big decision-New England, here I come

A few years ago I became friends with a guy across the country. We met while he was on vacation in California. Well, he's made a very plausible offer to me...one that would flip my entire life upside down. I'm big on wildlife & parks, if you guys can't tell by my pictures I've always, always wanted to be a park ranger. He has an empty house by one of the only nine colleges that offers a park ranger program. He's offered to let me live in his place for free. The program's relatively cheap. It's only a couple days per week. I could work full time, have my own place, he'd let me take my dog and cat with me. It's also 3000 miles from home, in completely unfamiliar territory, and while I trust this friend implicitly, it's still...risking a lot. The program starts in...less than two months. That's a BIG decision to make in less than two months! It's so far out of my comfort zone! And it's such an opportunity for a huge career and something I've always wanted! My dad DOES live near there...that could ease the risk of it. But it would give me an opportunity to meet my dad & sisters & brother...go for the career of my dreams, and get my own place. I'm so shaken up by this offer! I need advice!


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I would say go for it on one condition: Don't count on the house and free rent. Have a contingency plan in case that falls through. If you're working full-time, put that money away for a new place in case you need it.

Starting over somewhere completely new can be exciting. I moved from New Hampshire to San Diego without ever having visited here before, no job, no friends, and I don't regret it for a minute. You'll have a better head start than I had - a place to live. I say go for it!

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Wow, that's a tempting offer

Do you feel confident that you would enjoy a career as a park ranger? Have you researched it thoroughly and does it seems like a good fit?
If so, this could be a great opportunity.

And a free place to live... If your friend is as trustworthy as you say, then this would be hard to pass up. What do you know about the house he is offering you?

Any concerns about leaving your current home? Do you currently own or rent? Do you have any other commitments that would be hard to leave behind?

I recently visited some national parks and have to say I was intrigued by the ranger career as well. Maybe when I retire from teaching

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post #4 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 11:30 PM
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Oh my, Oh my, that DOES sound like a opportunity not likely to EVER happen again! Research it thoroughly of course, and then just JUMP into it feet first [if it passes all smell tests]! From the sound of it it appears to be your destiny, me thinks! Oooooh, I envy you! Good Luck and keep us posted, of course.

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post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-28-2008, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'm confident in the career as a park ranger. I think I'd make my friend sign a clause that he can't boot me out of the house without extreme reason unless I have another place to live. The house he has is shared--there are three levels, each one I think is fully set up and independent. The bottom level is his. I've seen pictures...it's not gorgeous, but it has TONS of windows, which I've always wanted. It's his bachelor pad--has his stuff, but he rarely visits, he works in New York. I wouldn't regret leaving the Nevada desert behind--I hate this place, and I've always wanted to see New England--but I can't even bear thinking about telling my mom. She's already heartbroken at my being 350 miles away from home. I'LL be heartbroken at getting further away. But nothing's forever, either. I'm skeered


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I made my big move when I was 20. I had never even driven on a highway before my 3,000 mile cross-country trip!

You can do it.

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Well, I contacted the program director...I'd have to be able to run 1.5 miles by the end of March I've never even been able to run a quarter of a mile. If I can't pass that test, I don't graduate the program. On the other hand...the other time I attended a university I did so much walking just for fun & joy that I dropped 50 pounds in four months. I'd be back in the situation I was then, in a place where I'd want to get out a lot. I never even TRIED to exercise when I dropped that weight. Maybe I could get physically fit, too, if I were trying. Would my fee contain a university gym membership?

And I'd need $2700 by the beginning of September. But that's just money. Money gets scrounged up here and there, I'm less worried about that. There are always education loans. Cool thing is, that money covers every cost of the program.

Lastly, this offer would put me in the arms of a guy I haven't gotten over in the three years since we met I didn't even have a scrap of confidence in myself as a female until we met & he treated me like I was just the greatest thing on earth. I realized I had hope, and went out and got a credit card or three, and completely restyled my wardrobe two days later lol.

Oh, the decisions! I have...34 days til the program starts =\


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good luck.

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This sounds exciting for you! What an opportunity to pursue your dream...
Best wishes in whatever you decide!



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post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 07-29-2008, 01:30 PM
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I think it's a great opportunity for you. Your location would be temporary if you chose it to be, you don't have to stay in New England after graduation. But I can attest to the fact that the White Mountains of NH and the Green Mountains of VT are gorgeous and you could very well want to stay. If I recall, the area that you're very attached to is No. California right? Very similar, except we get a lot of snow . I assume a school with a Park Ranger program would be in VT, NH or Maine rather than one of the southern NE states...I think you'd be happy in any one of those places.

I say go for it.....


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