I hope I'm going about this the right way...I didn't even know this folder existed until about 20 minutes ago.:rofl: As you can tell by my profile, I live in Pennsylvania, in the middle of no where...right across from a farm. Yep, country girl...:uhh: I'm sick of being in the country and am totally in love with New York. I'd love to try going to college in New York but I've only been there once and for just one day. Other than that, my parents have kept me close to home which means I have very little experience with things outside of "country life". My Mom is terrified of life outside her "bubble" so she, more or less, says, "If you go to New York, you'll get raped, robbed, and murdered." So, obviously, I can't talk to her about anything and my Dad is out of the question because talking with him has quite a few negative aspects as well. Basically, do you think it would be a terrible idea? Should I just limit myself to colleges in my area? I mean, Juniata is only about 40 minutes from my house and about 15 minutes from my Grandmother's house. However, it's in a small town I've been around my entire life. Also, I've been really stressed out lately so my nerves aren't the greatest. My home life is less than perfect and my school work, being that it's my senior year and I'm a cyber school student, has definitely gotten a lot harder...all of that has come together to make me really unsure of myself so I decided I'd rather wait a year before going to college so I can get things in line. I don't have anything figured out, including where I want to go, so the extra time will allow me to think as I rarely do anything without thinking everything through thoroughly. However, I fear I'll fall out of the loop, that I won't want to go to college if I take a year off...that it'll mess my chances up, or it'll screw up...something, anything. Has anyone taken a year off before going to college? Is anyone doing that now? Etc. I'd really like to get some feedback on this.