The first rule of Diego club is -- you don't talk about Diego club.
The second rule of Diego club is -- you don't talk about Diego club.
The third rule of Diego club is -- when at a stop sign or leaving the driveway, low car insurance is over.
Fourth rule is -- only 2+ bucks / gal for regular.
Fifth rule -- must own at least one working car.
Sixthrule -- no steady income, no place to stay.
Seventh rule -- bad economy, grid lock, crowded areas, extremly high cost of living, lasts long as they have to.
Eighth rule -- have substantial savings, and live cheaply.
Nineth rule -- 1000 applicants for every single job opening, regardless of job type.
Tenth rule -- for any lame activity, there are 10 other fun activities
Eleventh rule -- you don't need a jacket, winter happens elsewhere
And the twelveth and final rule -- if this is your first night
at Diego club, you have to party.
Other rules . . . living inland has cheaper places. Get roomies if you can.
5th rule is key. Public transportation is the lamest. North County (like Del Mar) has LA style gridlock traffic.
Also watch out as there are tons of fun stuff to do here. You could get sidetracked (ask the students who dropped out from SDSU out of my inital major class only 20% finished).
Someone mentioned another Atelier school somewhere else . . . I'd go there. The cost of living is cheaper. That's what kills about SD, its so frickin expensive. Even Hawaii doesn't touch SD.
$2.14 for gas?
It's great living here. Other than that inflation is super high, and rent is up there.
Jobs are tough: 1) double whammy bad economy + gray davis & crew messing up the cal state budget (which trickles down the city).
2) you have excess numbers at all skill / education levels. From doctors to immigrant farm workers. All vying for positions you're going for.
They opened a new Target store, and 3K people applied for 250 of the positions. 1 K of those ppl were very over qualified.
I just finished a BS from SDSU in Info Tech. SD's the place where there's a coffee job awaiting every college grad! Nice degree. I just got laid off from fixing PC's with the City of SD because of the budget crises.
And everywhere where I interview at there's 300+ more people with 6+ extra years of experience and certs up the wazoo, and willing to take a half pay cut to land the job.
SD is all about image. It's a fricken tourist city. Self Dubbed America's Finest City, that decided to built an extra sports stadium instead of upgrading their library to the 21 st century (can you say borrow Photoshop 7 for 30 days???), using the treasury savings and tax payer dollars to keep a baseball team that made losing fashionable.
Hey if you need any help, I can see what I can do like in terms of good places to live etc.
There is some truth in your fiction and some fiction in your truth. To know the truth you must to risk everything