I am from Chattanooga, Tennessee and 19 years old. It has recently come to my attention that I must get away from the South. It's too small and everyone is too nice. I promise that I am not a pessimist. My point in making the move is to eventually put myself in a situation to go to school in a different environment. But first I need advice. Any input that anyone would be willing to submit would be a great help. I don't want to get out there and be neck deep in culture shock and be forced to turn around. I plan on finding an apartment or equivalent to such, along with a job to pay for all my expenses and such. All of this will also have to be done via road bike therefore location is key. With all of this having been said, my question to the readers is: How am I to go about making this move and transitioning myself to living on my own in a foreign atmosphere? Thank you very much and ANY input will be greatly appreciated.