July 7, 2009

Navigating Grad School in Irvine

So, this is the end. We're moving out in a few weeks. But I'd like to leave some bits of knowledge I've gained along the way. A lot of it learned the hard way. Living in Irvine as a dependent of a grad student is frightening. The first time you figure out the stipend minus rent minus insurance minus food and realize your left with a dollar each is pretty sad. And then when you realize you don't get your first paycheck until October with the new school year. Yikes!

On the bright side. Tons of us have done it. Survived. You can, too!

So. This will be my how to tutorial. How to live in Orange County on a TAship + summer work. Let me know if you have any topic proposals.


  1. Yes please. Places for clothes shopping, food shopping, everything shopping... places to eat and places to visit.

  2. you mean November. We don't get our first paycheck until November. It's easy to forget since it's so traumatizing.

    We're saving up now for the lean months to come.

  3. Did you guys manage to make it out without any student loans? If so, I am VERY impressed! That's the only way we figured out how to do it. :P

  4. Where are you headed to? Your update says across the continent, and as we are in Chapel Hill (a very delightful place, might I add), I'm curious as to your destination! In any case, great luck and blessings!

  5. Hi Bekah, I found your blog through someone else in the ward, SO insightful! I loved reading about your grocery shopping, I didn't know there was a smart and final in irvine! and your beach tips. Anyway, I am really going to miss you when you move! Let us know if you need any help.


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