Okay, so for some context this is my first post I'm 18 years old and am currently residing in Brazil, a country well known for its favourable climate, abundant production and investment in the area of agriculture. I will have my major either in agronomy/rural science, that only exists here, or I plan to try and get a scholarship in Cornell for Animal Science and Management. Athough I'm not sure if it's necessary to do a major for a homestead, I really don't know what else to do with my time to try and achieve my goal, as I am young and broke. My plan would be to insert myself in the "area" early on while studying, start working in the field and later invest in a homestead, with the money and knowledge that I will have. It's seems like the most efficient way. I'm not sure if most homesteaders are self thought because it was a late decision and going back to college wouldn't be worth the effort or if it truly isn't necessary, but If not I really don't know what to do. Anyway, besides of course needing to pass the exams, what will determine my major will be where I live. I love my country and it has some favourable conditions for homesteading, but lacks the information and knowledge most american homesteaders have. At first that isn't really an issue, as I can myself start implementing this knowledge here, but I'd also lack a lot of "products" that you guys have and that would need to be imported, (specific things really important for my ideas that I can't seem to find here) which leads to my second point. The economy here worries me, first as I'd pay triple the price for certain things I'd need and second because I'm afraid of the current crisis in my country. How is homesteading in the U.S? Is it better to homestead in a more tropical country, easier to grow fruits and vegetables? Would it be worth the effort to go to the U.S just to have my homestead or should I just work with what I got? Considering Cornell is one of the top Universities in the field and it would be extremely difficult to enter, in contrast the college Id go to in Brazil is much easier, but with less international prestige (but lots of national prestige).