i'm pondering what to do next, either to stay in the middle of nowhere in florida (i live in palm beach county in the boonies, which means if gas prices skyrocket, we're going to be hit hard, as the nearest store is 5 miles away), or to move out to the city of atlanta (not really interested in other options right now) and go on my own and try there. basically, there isn't too much in work here in this area, especially in biology, and scripps, the only thing out here, won't be up and running for a bit. pay is mediocre (like 10 bucks an hour) with ever-rising cost of living and gas prices, and another thing is (no offense to the older people), there is a lack of 20 somethings around here. i do get free housing via the folks here, and if it weren't for that, i would have left by now. plus if palm beach county gets smacked with a major hurricane this season and is left devastated, i'm outta here. i'm thinking i stay here one year and teach biology for a local high school for cash, but the school system i heard is terrible with the fcat and stuff (i didn't go to high school here). i looked into atlanta, and while it's not the utopia, it sure looks better than here. public transportation exists (which is better than my current situation), and a car lite life in some areas is doable, and wages are higher with cost of living being lower. two major universities compared to palm beach's none and a bunch of biotech companies (not the sd or boston hub, but it works) has me at least hopeful for a chance for jobs here minus the 5 hour commute. crime and rent are a bit of a negative though. and something else to consider: for someone who graduated from a no name school, what would be better long term, staying local for jobs, then moving out, or getting a job in a big market and work from there? give me your suggestions and advice, although i'm leaning towards atlanta.