Growing up in Idaho can be great if you're like everyone else. But I didn't want to get a business degree and settle for what was easy. I didn't want to be just like everyone else. What I really wanted to do was be creative and somehow have a job that I would love going to.
It was a battle with my parents many times over what I wanted to go to school for and get a degree in. I finally showed them I was capable of it when I applied to OCAD in Toronto. I knew how diverse the city was and how it would be okay to be someone who is different.
After getting accepted, my family realized that it was my dream and that's what I had to do. So I packed up my bedroom, got my visa and left for Toronto.
I'm not going to say that the move has been easy or that I don't occasionally miss home. But I can't imagine doing anything else or being anywhere else.
I think more people should take the risks and go find what they love. You will feel more accomplished with your life.