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Old 02-09-2009, 01:58 AM
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Hi all,

I'm a 27 year-old single male who's a recent college graduate(BS in Computer Science) planning on moving to the Phoenix area sometime in July/August of 2009. I visited Arizona for the first time a couple of weeks ago and I was culture shocked! A good female friend of mine lives out there. The weather is amazing there in January and I don't mind their heat in the summer. I've briefly lived in a much hotter area with all the humidity that god can throw at you(Dubai). I don't mind the heat at all. I'm planning on continuing graduate school at Arizona State University (MS in Biomedical Informatics). Although I will not start school the first year as I want to establish Arizona residency so I don't get hit with the out-of-state tuition.

I will not move in with anyone. I will travel there a couple of weeks prior to starting work(more on that later) to rent an apartment and plan my move.

I can't stand NJ anymore with all of the cold and high cost of living. I do have a nice degree and no problems starting out with 45K-55K a year here. But after all of the bills and cost of living, I'm left with little. Where as I can get a job in Phoenix that pays less than what I can get here but will enjoy life more out there. If I get 35k-40k starting out, it's enough for an apartment in a nice area, a lease on a car of 250-300 monthly, all other expenses paid and I'm left with a few hundred dollars a month to save. And as far as paying for graduate school, I will take out loans from Sallie Mae.

I will have to look for a job here and I don't mind paying my own relocating costs. I don't even mind going there without a job and finding one once there. I have enough saved for about 3 months living there before I will need money so I can take my time finding a job.

Has anyone here made a similar move? Any suggestions and/or comments are welcome.

Your friend, Mike.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:46 AM
Location: Glendale AZ
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I made the move 20 years ago. I was 23 and was just hitting brick walls at home in NJ. My advice would be, save a couple $k before you move. Back then the economy was similar to now (tight). It took me over a year of bar-tending and waitering before I could even break back into the high tech arena out here. This is the wild west bud, you will be on your own and looked at as another temp resident for the first 2 years.

Best wishes,
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