Not really off topic, but it fits here better than anywhere else.... I am standing in front of the biggest decision of my life, bigger than anything I've ever had and bigger than anything I hopefully ever will have: How do I choose between my dream university and an amazing career OR my Austrian citizenship? PROS Dream Uni (the USNA) - not in order!: - dream university! - amazing career in the Navy I could imagine myself doing for way more than 5 years - free - get to travel around the world and help people - challenging mentally, physically and personally (I love challenges!) and lead people - you get that amazing feeling of being pushed above and beyond your limits, and doing it SUCCESSFULLY!! - pretty much 100% job security upon graduation - all the many merits of the school, and there's hundreds, that you all know! - I'll be so annoyed at 50 if I didn't take this chance (but I will also miss my citizenship...) - trampoline into a political career - amazing bonds of friendship; give your life for your friends; teamwork - honour, serving your country, .... CONS Dream Uni - I'd have to give up my citizenship in Europe (by law in Austrians, the Americans aren't so bothered) - meaning that I would give up the right to live, work, move, etc that all Europeans enjoy in Europe!! - my family doesn't support me - my Dad lost his brother when he was 13 as his brother (19) was driving back to his barracks (accident: train + car = you get the picture) from home during his 6 months mandatory military service in Austria (very emotional reaction therefore) - my Austrian Grandparents might not be able to take/understand it... (Austria = world for them, it really does, no exaggeration here) What would you do? Dream uni or citizenship? --> basically, me or my family? ps - I know there's more in the pro section, but giving up all those rights in Europe count as like one con each pretty much, or?