Since arriving in Los Angeles, I have had a crazy whirlwind of events leading up to my semester beginning. Los Angeles has proven itself to be everything I’ve heard of it, and much more, in many different ways. One thing I was not expecting coming out here is the vast difference between every area of LA. Growing up, Los Angeles was purely Hollywood and Compton to me. It was one good area, and one VERY BAD area. However, since being out here, I have learned that Hollywood is only a very small ingredient in the stew that is Los Angeles. If I could provide one recommendation for anyone else coming out here, take time to get to know every area that makes up LA. It is impossible to really understand or appreciate this city for everything it is, until you have really gotten to know this city. Both the Good and the Bad parts of it. However, be safe. Compton is scary.