I originally wanted to go into graduate school for exp. HEP. I now have several options for graduate studies and I'm now confused as to what to do. I want to work on particle physics specifically on the LHC experiments. However, I was told by my undergrad. advisor that after taking my required grad. classes, I would most likely have to live at CERN for the rest of my doctorate degree. Honestly, I do not want to live in Geneva for 4+ years of my life. I want to live in the states specifically because I was planning to start a family sometime in graduate school with my girlfriend. Also, thinking about postdoc and professorship, this means throughout my life I would have to dedicate myself to being at CERN and I'm not sure if that's a healthy option for bring up a family. I have always wanted to work on LHC, and did so in my ugrad. years. Now that graduate school is right around the corner, I'm not sure what to do. Should I switch to another field? Is there any option to work on the LHC experiment and not have to live at CERN as a graduate student?