Monday, August 10, 2009

L.A. Living

One of the greatest things about moving away to a completely new city is getting the chance to start over. What can be perceived, undoubtedly by others, as the seemingly arbitrary and inconsistent of change, can in fact, be for the better. I’ll be the first to admit that moving out of my parent’s humble country home outside of little ole’ Blandinsville, Illinois, with the population of less than 1000, was hard. Here I am fresh out of high school, both enthusiastic and naïve, thinking that moving to a completely new city in a completely new state would be the change I was looking for. To my surprise, leaving and living so far away gave me the challenge I needed to grow up. Los Angeles is full of life, excitement, entertainment, and always a fast-paced surrounding of non-stop thrill. Not to say that my little modest hometown wasn't exciting, what with all the state fairs and small town gathering, it’s a ball. But here, it’s different. And by different, I mean I could be anyone I wanted to be. I could start over; I could present myself in a new way and not be impetuously judged by my past.
However, with all the hustle and bustle of the big city came the constant distraction of LA living. People who are natives of Los Angeles are probably subconsciously unapprised to this, but LA people live in their own little world. Once you’re here, nothing else exists…or so it seems.
And that was my diversion. I neglected my friends and family, I made excuses about not visiting, I purposedly forget to study, and the list continues. The time I wasted in looking my best, spending my all, and presenting what I am not, and for what? It’s a constant battle to remember to bring my nose and head from the clouds and back to reality. This isn’t me; this isn’t who I want to be. So in the past 9 months of living here, I’ve learned that the greatest thing about moving away to a completely new city is getting the chance to continue on this journey with an open mind and an open heart, all the while remembering where I come from and the very roots that make me who I am. Don't get too lost in the glitz and glam of LA, it's not worth it. I'm just saying.

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Anonymous Melisa said...

I'm also from the Illinois area. Only I'm from Chicago and i'm starting FIDM in this October. I'm actually driving in on Tuesday with my parents. and thats one thing I'm absolutely nervous about, trying to live in a new city.
Im a transfer student from Columbia College in Chicago and I'm so nervous that the same horrible experiences I had there are going to transfer to FIDM. do you have any tips for kind of sticking it through?

September 27, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Private Contributor said...

Be mindful of the fact that new surroundings come with new challenges... but be open-minded and be willing to put yourself out there. I won't say that it'll be easy, but to stay focued I always keep my priorities straight. Why did I move to LA in the first place? To study, to learn, to follow my passion. I can't let bad experiences or encounters veer me away from what I've come here to do in the first place.

October 5, 2009 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Megan W. said...

Dear Melisa,
I believe everything happens for a reason and you are coming to L.A to achieve a goal or a dream that you have set for yourself and its only up to you to make the most out of your FIDM experiance. Your in the middle of it all movies, fashion, music. but i think that being so far away is going to be a challenge because your out of your comfort zone and in a city that doesnt slow down for anyone. I think since you've already been to college your gonna do just fine. If you have trouble making friends don't sweat it, everyone at school is worth knowing and who knows its all about networking. If your nervous about classes don't worry your first quater is all about getting your feet wet. I am not sure of your major but I am really interested in meeting you. If you want to meet me and my friends just email us ( and we will set up something and show you the city. I love meeting new people and would love to meet you. Hope this helps if you have anymore questions just ask!


October 6, 2009 at 12:47 PM  

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