I'm pretty spoiled so I basically have no knowledge about being independent - and I want to be. So I
ask you - what do I need to know, and how should I prepare? I want to rent a space and stay there until I can get in UCSD housing, which is on September 18th. I believe rents get cheaper and available during the summer because students all move out, but I don't know if I can rent it just for a month or two and until the end of summer without paying a hefty extra.
Additionally, I don't know what I'll need. I think I'll manage if I have a desk, computer, internet connection, chair, and a mattress with some blankets. I barely know how to cook so I'll survive on eating cheap stuff and junk (unless the cafeteria opens during summer?) with paper plates and plastic utensils.
As for the financial part - my parents will support me during this 'grace period' but I'll certainly look for a job but not until I stabilize.
I'll update... as I think of more stuff. or make it a series. I wish to learn from your wisdom^^
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So now that I decided to go to UCSD, I need to make plans to spend my this summer wisely. Before my mom sent me to SAT camps (waste of time, though I met some friends) and visited relatives in Korea + watch/play SC ^^.
Now that the scholatic year is ending, I'm wondering what to do. I thought about doing community service, intership, and/or working, but I haven't decided yet. I have vague outline of visiting some relatives in Minnesota and being in Korea around mid-August, but other than that, everything is free.
Someone advised me to work in clothing business over the summer because employees get huge discounts and I need some fashion lesson (I don't deny it, but I just don't care). It doesn't sound bad as I could use some extra money to buy new computer parts anyway.
Volunteering I am somewhat ambivalent because last and the only time I volunteered was at a major hospital in Korea. The work was not fulfilling at all, mostly because I signed up to be an 'international' volunteer but other than translating twice for foreign patients, I ended up folding surgical equipment in clothes for 40 hours. And apparently volunteering is bloody competitive during summers because high school students rush to meet their school requirement hours. More on this topic later.
As for internships I have no idea where to get them. Are connections required? It's definitely needed in Korea, which I may not have.
So what did you guys during the summer before undergrad? I'd like it if it's more relavent to what I'm seeking rather than just posting 'I played SC all summer', etc.
Oh I have to get a driver's license over the summer too. Big mistake not to do it during high school, but circumstances prevented me from getting one many times. How long will this approximately take? I only took the Driver's Education class in my school. Are licenses transferable from one state to another?
As for the volunteering part: where do you seek them? Local chuches, shelter, etc?
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