I’m transferring to UCLA in the fall and I’ll be moving in with 3 other friends of mine (we’re all transferring as juniors together). We started the apartment hunt and have narrowed it down to a few places but none of them are furnished. They’ve got the kitchen covered, but that’s about it. I feel like it’s already a lot to ask my parents to help me with the cost of just attending the university, but to then ask them to help pay for my furniture, it seems like too much of a financial burden to put on them. Both of my parents were unemployed for 2 years before purchasing a small business which is barely allowing us to make ends meet as of now. I, myself, was recently laid off my job, and was just given 2 days notice that I was being let go (they informed me last monday that the following wednesday would be my last day, talk about last minute). I don’t want to have to leave it up to my roommates to furnish the apartment either because that would be asking for too much on their part as well. Winning this contest would mean the world to me. Not only would it help with the basic necessities of an apartment, but it would be a ray of sunshine to come home to after long days of classes and studying on campus. I’d be able to come home to a completely furnished and stylish apartment and just be able to relax in and appreciate without having to be concerned about how to pay for it all. Winning this contests would lift a giant weight off my shoulders.