Is it a viable option for me to move to the VI?
My husband and I are currently attending a college in North Idaho. While we love the mountains, we need a taste of something different and wish to transfer to a new school. The Virgin Islands sounds incredibly intriguing, though intimidating.
Everything I read says that cost of living is very high. Living on campus wouldn't be an option for my husband and I because we have two dogs (a large black Lab and a small pug mix).
We both have office experience (we currently work at a call center) and minimal restaurant experience.
Is is at all possible for us to survive in the VI??? I am so lost!
Your first step (if you haven't already done so) should be to go to the top of this page and read everything contained in that first announcement by "Islander" (the board moderator) which will provide you with an abundance of information about relocating and what to expect.
Once you've absorbed all that information and read "moving stories" (not as in emotional but as in 'relocation!') then you can do a search on this forum relating to the University here, housing, moving with pets and a whole bunch more.
There's no reason to feel at all "lost" if you use the resources of this wonderfully informative site which is probably one of the very best of its kind. You're lucky to have found this site, so now take advantage of all it has to offer!
All the best to you both.
Have you researched if the UVI offers the classes you need to compleate your education? I would contact them and see what assistance they might provide to students. It is possible something is in place to find you housing and perhaps even somekind of job placement. Have you visited STT or STX. Each of the island has a campus. It might help to know which island you would prefer to study on.
Hello there! Based on the skills you have described, it would seem that a) getting here before season, like now, would be important and b) that perhaps while you are contacting the UVI offices, you ask about work/study options. In the community, it may be those "minimal restaurant experience" qualifications that could lead to employment. You might find them more amenable to wrapping work around school, whereas an office would want you to wrap school around work, which might be more difficult.
As the transfer I imagine would not be for some time, you might try what the others stated above, and also follow this board until you have made a decision and/or are going to move.
Please know that I am not underselling your office skills, but am just trying to be realistic both about work demands and pay. You stand to make a substantially greater income in the restaurants if you can even bar-back or bus tables, as then you are in the fold for the tips.