Growing up in the suburbs of Los Angeles, California, it felt like I was growing up in paradise. With the sun out every day of the year and the beach less than 20 minutes away from my house, it almost felt that life was too perfect. While I will always love Los Angeles, I felt like I needed to get away from paradise and go explore the rest of America. People on the west and east coasts lead totally different lives. I knew that while the east coast is still in the bubble of the United States of America, it is not the bubble of the west coast. So, I came to Drexel University.
New York is just a train ride away, New Jersey is just across the river, and everything in Philadelphia is so close together.
In the city of Philadelphia, I was ready to begin a new chapter of my life in a new area. Being on the east coast, there are definitely a lot of differences from the west. For starters, it is cold here! I was used to 70- to 80-degree winters, and now I have to get used to below-freezing temperatures. Also, being from a big state, I was used to driving far to places, but everything is so close here. New York is just a train ride away, New Jersey is just across the river, and everything in Philadelphia is so close together.
When it comes down to it, I’m very happy I decided to go out of my comfort zone and explore a new area. To anyone who is not from Philadelphia, or even is, if you have an opportunity to, go somewhere new. Go somewhere new and explore. The world is a big place. Just like my high school counselor once told me, “College is the perfect time for you to go somewhere different, somewhere out of your comfort zone, and know that you can always come back.”