Pros and Cons: L.A.
For the next few posts I’ll be looking at a few of the most popular cities for college and post-college living- cities like Boston, New York, L.A. and Chicago- to help give anyone in college a good examination of the city they might be living in now or what city they might like to visit or move to later. These aren’t rigid but are more to help as a cheat sheet for anyone interested.
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Pros: L.A. is the city of angels and half the girls you’ll see the first day are going to confirm that. It’s the city of stars too, and you’ll have your first citing around week three. It’s an exciting place to be post or during college, and the whole scene is electric for young professionals. And besides those classics you’re going to have all the Western classics (In-N-Out burgers, for one) and all the advantageous of the West you might have otherwise overlooked: you’ll be three ahead of the East and you’ll feel it. No sporting event will go too late for you, you’ll have perfect weather, beaches, a city, cheap potent and legal pot, pretty and down-to-earth people, and the sort of surfing and beaches you always dreamed of. There’s a shot at greatness in the air at all times and you’ll have palm trees. Palm. Trees. It’s paradise and a big city rolled into one , a city connected to similar areas on the West and one with a recent but rich history full of famously beautiful people and beautiful land. What could go wrong?
Cons: Whatever might go wrong in Los Angeles might begin with the traffic. Back ups are natural, and a way of life. Better drive and deal with delays: in a city with no solid public transportation and increased distances, driving, and all it’s related problems, are more or less unavoidable compared to New York. Also, while the weather is perfect, you may well miss Fall, Spring, and Winter transitions if you grew up on the East. A balmy 48 degrees on Christmas is decidedly un-fun after all, and the bright California blue of the sky can grow taxing. Similarly, the fame obsessed culture means making it in L.A. is great, but not making it is worse. Where New York and even Boston and Chicago have strong and prideful communities of unsuccessful or struggling artists who see that distinction as an honor of sorts, the L.A. environment is much more success centric, which means that struggling there can feel lonelier than it might in other cities. People have often called fake or superficial in L.A. and the intellectual circles on the East feel less vibrant.
Overall: If the weather has a large bearing on your mood and if you can drive and are driven enough to make it, to some extent, consider L.A. If you love the weather, the spots, the herb and the beautiful times spent in a beautiful spot, look into Los Angeles. But if you prize something over “success” such as your art, hopes of an early family, free time, or not eating fantastic sushi while talking to terrible people, then maybe L.A. isn’t your spot.