I was one of those people who wanted to do this LA semester since I knew it was available freshman year. I read all these blogs, the information pamphlets, attended meetings, etc. I thought I knew what to expect, but everything has a unique feel to it that can’t be described. Actually living LA through your own experiences, you learn things you never expected about being here, and about yourself.
Although everyone is a bit different, I feel like there is much more of an adventurous vibe than I personally was expecting. It is what you make of it, and the fun part I finding out what you least expected. Instead of saying everything you will hear about like traffic, I will try and throw some specific things off the top of my head.
There are a lot of helicopters if you pay attention, but probably never really notice.
Parking is almost worse than the traffic, so you got to find a consistently good spot and be ready to walk.
You will likely get really good at cooking.
The apartments are not all in the same building – in fact there are over 20 buildings at Toluca Hills
The Hollywood sign is only a mile, but it’s a steep hike and you can’t even get close to it – certainly worth it though.
The lack of water is not really talked about much, and doesn’t affect prices of car washes, drinking water, or washing machines much
There is a huge variety of places to hike and see. Caves, mountains, and all the beaches are different.
You will learn almost everyone’s name in the program pretty quickly after classes start
There’s a piano in the north club house
and too many speed bumps.
I could go on and on, but the fun part is finding out the small things for yourself. It’s a big, spread out city, and a very different feel from the east coast.