but what if I don't ever want to go back home?
So let's say I think going back home to my dull hometown in the unhappening state of Maine for the holidays would suck, especially if I have to pay for the air flights on top of that, and let's say I think staying around Charlottesville area and Virginia in general would be much better.
I'm aware that if I intend to enroll for summer courses or something I have to apply for extra financial aid and extra housing. But can anybody just tell me how it generally works for things like J-term? Housing won't kick me out during those times, right?
On top of this, let's also say I do want to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with people I know, but not leave Grounds for it. (Or at least not go anywhere where I would have to pay extra for housing.) I'm curious what people who generally don't leave leave Grounds during vacation (for financial/distance reasons, etc.) do?
Anyway since in fact I've come to the decision that since I don't ever want to live where I used to live again, I intend to move somewhere else after I graduate. (The job-seeking environment for the scientifically-inclined in Maine isn't very good, I think.) Virginia seems like a very nice state to move to. Any advice for setting up Virginia as my domicile? Would I be rushing into this? Do I have to get an apartment here or something? It's not just to have lower tuition costs. The whole state seems so much more friendly to the culturally and intellectually-minded than Maine is.