I'm pretty sure I figured out my next move:
The General Where: Ireland
The How: Working Holiday Visa
This visa is for US citizens (and a few other qualified countries) who are between 18-30 years old, and either are currently in undergrad or postgrad school or have graduated within the last 12 months. It allows the given person to work in Ireland for up to one year maximum without receiving a job offer or visa sponsor before applying (as opposed to the regular work permit visa) (also meaning the job acquired can be any other hourly paid position).
I've been trying to find my way to Scotland for the past 4 weeks, but the UK is simply too tough with their Visa regulations and requirements, and since I don't have any high level skills (engineering, accounting, medicine etc) I have made NO strides whatsoever
Ireland was the original plan, up until 2 months after I graduated, at which point I simply gave up, either because I was getting comfortable at home, or because I was actually not up for the ordeal of applying. So now maybe Scotland will be a wok in progress then.
I know I have until May to apply. Assuming all goes well, once they issue the visa, I'll have 6 months to enter Ireland, and once I do that I'll be allowed to live and work there under that visa for one year max before returning home (they usually like seeing a return ticket back to your home country).
I got those final details about the 6-month-timeframe yesterday.
The good part: I don't have to rush getting over there (I thought I had to GET there before the 12month after graduation mark...).
The tough part: WHEN do I leave then, and WHY?
The other part: Dublin or Galway?
So there are still some big annoying questions to answer ( and if you want to help me answer, please do!!), but at least I made some progress since 10 days ago when I was sitting in my room wallowing in self-doubt and trying to avoid the on-sets of what could have at any point turned into an almost-quarter-life crisis, ya know?