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Old 01-14-2008, 04:17 AM
Location: Ventura, CA
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Let me break it down for you.

I'm a young female trying to get a more extensive college education but already have 6 years of customer service, 1 year in management and 2 years supervisory work under my belt. I am currently studying to be a graphics designer. I have already done some professional advertising for local companies here in Ventura, CA.

I want to work, study and live in the same place though I wouldn't mind making a considerable drive from work to home if I can't live and work in the same city. I want to live in a climate that is normally cold (rain, snow, whatever). I want to live near water (lake, river, ocean, whatever). I love the mountains and nature but still need my clubs, downtown, shopping and fun!

I am engaged! My fiance wants to earn the main income and I want to work part time while I send myself to school. He has a 5 year old daughter and wants to have her live with us (on weekends, holidays and summer) so I am aiming to make payments (rent/lease to own) on a 3 bedroom house, but for the beginning I'm down for a three bedroom apartment.

My fiance wants to at least get some response from Wisconsin residents that came from California or locals that just want us to know something special about their state. I'm looking at Madison.

Last edited by golfgal; 01-14-2008 at 04:30 AM.. Reason: ads not allowed
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:18 AM
Location: Southeast Wisconsin
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Hello, kandjgalvez,

I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life (46 years). It sounds to me like you would absolutely enjoy living in Madison! It is a wonderful town. My brother and sister-in-law have lived in Madison for about 25 years now, and they just love it. There is so much to do in that place! There is always some kind of festival, activity, or event happening at the Capitol.

I live about 60 miles northeast of Madison, and my impression of the city is that it is a very upbeat, younger, green, big-city-with-small-town-appeal kind of place. And the bicycle trails! They are wonderful! And the lake shores...beautiful!

Of course you have the University of Wisconsin Madison extension there. I am not sure how their graphics design program ranks, but I am sure they will have something to offer you for continuing classes.

May I ask why you are looking to leave California?
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Old 01-19-2008, 01:16 AM
Location: Ventura, CA
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Thanks for your response sammbols3! I am looking to leave California because it is too hard for a young couple to make it out here without a college degree or a salaried job. Did I mention we were young? I feel that this state requires too much for the younger set. I mean, rent for a studio apartment usually starts at 800 when the person renting it usually makes no more than $11/hour. With utilities, food, car...it gets to a point where kids are pulling 2 jobs and school and suffering everyday for it. Mac n Cheeses for breakfast and Taco Bell for dinner. I just need a break from the stress of how expensive it is and I really want the time to go to school. I currently work 3 jobs and still have problems...give me a break! Thanks again for your response.
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Old 01-19-2008, 10:01 AM
Location: kronenwetter
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I would also recommend the Madison area. It is a great area with a lot of things to do. We are about 2 hours north but we go down to Madison or Milwaukee about every 6 weeks to shop and eat. Madison has the best Farmers Market. Lake Monona is great.
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