The Beginning of Something Great
By Debora Kaya
It’s odd to think that less than three months ago I was getting ready to drive forty one hours. I was triple checking my luggage, deciding what to take and leave behind. I had never been further west than Ohio.
Two hours into the trip, I began to question why I didn’t simply ship my car and take a plane. It’s not that I don’t enjoy my mother and brother’s company, it’s that I was crammed with them in a car for seventeen hours a day. Looking back, I have no regrets. I got a chance to see the most beautiful landscapes, especially in Colorado and Utah. I also spent a couple nights in vegas. This adventure was easy compared to what I would face in Los Angeles.
When I realized my new schedule would not allow me to sleep in during the week (I got a little too comfortable last semester), I felt a little overwhelmed. It wasn’t just about balancing class and an internship, but also finding the time to discover this amazing city. Los Angeles is the biggest city I’ve ever lived in and at first it was intimidating. My GPS will always have a special place in my heart.
Fast forward to three months later, I can’t imagine not being in Los Angeles. It’s strange how quickly a place can grow on you. I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do after I graduate. There’s always a new place to discover, new foods to try. The weather is amazing (except when it rains and reckless drivers come out of the woodworks) and I haven’t faced a single earthquake yet. Through my classes and internship, I have had opportunities I wouldn’t have dreamed of a handful of months ago. Overall, I’m so grateful and happy to be a part of SULA this semester!