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It's always about the Money!

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening Fellow Provo Pulsians!

I am the same Timsierramist who earlier asked about apartments in the Provo area. Much to some of your dismay, I have chosen King Henry Apts for my dwelling most of the school year, with a small gap in July to stay at the Sparks II apartments (I get out of the military in late June and King Henry doesn't accept Fall tenants until late August).

Anyways, that's neither here nor there, on to the question of this post.

I am different from most incoming Fall 2009 Freshman (I think), because I am a non-traditional student. I am making a transition out of the military into a full time college student who will initially be attending Utah Valley University and then transferring to Brigham Young University (because I changed my mind on majors from Aviation Science "Airline Pilot" to Psychology "Law Enforcement"). I call myself a non-traditional student because I am not entering college out of High School (at 17-18) but rather out of the military (at 22) and don't have anyone to rely on (including parents) but myself.

With only 12 days until I leave the Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA and move to Provo, UT full time, I have some concerns and stresses about average student budget's and expenses.

Now being military, I have the Post 9/11 GI Bill to lean on, which really does help. I also have a grant and stafford loan to bear the burden. In fact, I feel that my tuition should be covered with the help of the Post 9/11 GI Bill and government aid. But that doesn't take the fear out of the unknown, which is why i'm looking for some insight and maybe a little peace of mind.

I guess the point i'm really trying to make is the cost of living in Provo for the average college student (sorry for the round about way of getting to the point).

I have completed a lot of work in the military, true, but I have always been in a protected bubble of financial security. Whether it was living with my mom before the military or during my service. I always had a place to stay, I always had a warm meal I could go to, there was incredibly ridiculous job security in the military unlike the "real world" as some Marines like to call it. I am facing having to cook, buy little things, pay the rent, make friends of my choosing, and, honestly, it's about 10 times scarier than going to Iraq.

So if anybody can give me some tips and pointers on being a future savy college student (by future I mean see you guys in 12 days, just in time for the Stadium of Fire), such as the average meal budget, ways to save, ways not to get the short end of the stick by the landlord, ways not to get taken advantage of, and any other cost of living related topic, I would like to hear it.

Again, have paid for my first month's rent and deposit at Sparks II which eases the burden a bit, but I simply don't know what to expect from the "Real World" since i've been "sheltered" for so long.

I guess that's all I wanted to ask. Not even sure exactly where I was going with it fully. Just do your fellow LDS neighbor a service by saying calm and reassuring things will help, lol).

~Tim A.

Oh yeah...

I have a possible Job Interview with target too :-)!!!

You will fit right in.

First off, you wouldn't consider yourself "non-traditional" because most freshman guys at BYU are about 21-22 (because of the LDS missions). So you will fit right in.

Second, just take it slow and take it easy. Things will just fall in place.

Nothing to worry about

You don't have anything to worry about. I would be much more afraid of going to Iraq than going to BYU. Here are some reasons why,

1. There are going to be lots of people that will looking out for your well-being here, like bishops, home teachers, room-mates, etc...

2. The university is tough, but it is designed with team-work and charitable principles. You will find random people willing to help, tutor, etc...

3. You will have good role-models. When I first came to BYU didn't know what to do about food, cooking, rent, cars, buses, classes, etc... But at home just imitate your room-mates, on campus pick a smart class mate.

4. Relax and just enjoy the experience, its been a great experience for me and I am very grateful for it.

5. Oh and as for money, don't worry. BYU is one of the cheapest Universities I know of. With grants and military support you should be fine. Plus with a job, you might find yourself making money during these years.

Best of luck, you are going to love it!