It was 16 years ago, when I was out in Los Angeles for my first time that I said I wanted to live here when I was older. Apparently no one took the words of a five-year old seriously. Weird. Oh well, clearly that hasn’t stopped me from fulfilling my dreams. Luckily for me I have family who lives in Los Angeles and have help make my dreams a reality.
For my entire life I have been able to come out and visit my Godparents here in Los Angeles for a week or so here or there, but last summer I was able to live here for three months, while I interned at Disney Channel. It was an incredible experience that reaffirmed my five-year-old self’s statement.
I enjoyed last year so much that I decided to come out to LA and intern again this summer and also stay through the fall semester. Then I will have to go back to Syracuse for my last semester. I’m not saying that I am dreading going back, as it will be great to see friends and such, but after about eight months in the beautiful sunny weather of southern California, it might be a little different when I get back to Syracuse in the middle of January. I think the fact that I know I will be moving out to Los Angeles by May will keep me sane. I know this will be my last snowy winter. Well, unless Global Warming causes the polar ice caps to melt and we go into another ice age and beautiful Los Angeles weather is a thing of the past…but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
So here are some quick tips for living in Los Angeles. The two most important things in your possession are a car charger and an auxiliary cord. I don’t care where you are from; the traffic in Los Angeles is the worst in the country. When you’re on you way from work to school, or out on a weekend adventure there are two things that make sitting in traffic even worse: one is your phone dying, and the second is having to listen to the radio play to same 10 songs over and over – think about it.
Something else I have noticed is even though I have been in Los Angeles for so long and been coming out here since I was five-years-old, there is still so much to experience and explore. This is one of the most diverse cities in the country. It is also one of the biggest; there are endless opportunities and places to go. One should never be sitting idle in Los Angeles, whether you’ve lived here for your entire life, or for two months, each weekend should hold a new adventure (whether that is going out to one of the endless surrounding hiking trails or trying a new frozen yogurt place is completely up to you).
Also, I think the moral of this story is that we should probably listen to five-year-olds more. They know what they want. Anyway, what I’ve learned so far is that if you explore Los Angeles, be adventurous, and take a phone charger and auxiliary cord with you while you do it, you will have an amazing time during your LA semester. Ok you also might need a glass of wine every now and again.