I think moving away from home is a very personal decision and everyone has their own factors to take into account. I am going to have to disagree with Poonamtandon's comment about "getting out of comfort zone equals person's growth". Moving away from home to go to college at 18 is very different than moving away at 28 to do an MBA. At or around this age I think a person does not need to move far away from home for personal growth. Plus in zesty's case, I don't think he/she will be learning and living in a completely alien culture either.
For me personally, as I get ready to move half way around the world to pursue my MBA at Tuck, I took the following factors into account:
- I wanted an MBA from a TOP school. Most of the top schools exist in the U.S. with a couple in Europe, but hardly any near my own location (in Asia).
- I have lived in the U.S. for several years before and have a lot of friends and family there. This will make the transition easier. And because of this I decided not to apply to any Euro programs.
- I am single, which I think makes packing up and moving away significantly easier.
- I am completely open to considering different locations for my post-MBA career. I am not necessarily adamant about moving back home after my MBA. If I was, I would most likely not move to the U.S. for my MBA.
In your case, I think the move will be easier than for many others. This is because you will pretty much be in the same geographic region. Plus after your MBA, you can as easily recruit for jobs in Canada as in the U.S., just in case you want to move back. Plus you will have shorter and cheaper flights to home than ANY other international student
. I say go ahead and apply!