I should explain a few things that I didn't make too clear earlier. I returned to school four years ago and have been taking classes parttime while working fulltime. I have been working fulltime since I graduated from high school, and had parttime jobs before that. So I do have work history. I also have had loans such as vehicles and 4-wheelers, ALWAYS paid off early.
I have no problem starting off small and renting while gaining experience and financial assets.