On Los Angeles & New York City

As much as I don’t want to admit it, as an upcoming senior, I’m about a year away from entering the REAL real world. Being able to intern at SiriusXM last semester, and at Lab Rats now, have been invaluable. Just being able to live in two of the great American cities has been a great experience. At the age of 21, to be able to say that I’ve lived in LA and NYC, even if only for a short period of time, is pretty cool. I’m really glad that I’ve been able to see so much of Los Angeles and California. Everything in New York City is so dense, and even though there’s always so much to do, it’s a little bit harder to escape the city. It’s so much easier to escape the city in Los Angeles, which is what makes it so unique.

Today I actually went to the Getty Museum where there was an exhibit on Los Angeles architecture from 1940-1990. In a video, one architect explained that Los Angeles’ general lack of a central density is one of its downfalls. I’m not sure I agree with that. It’s something that certainly separates it from other cities. I can understand the desire to have more things in one place (that would potentially help with some of the traffic issues), but the broad spectrum that one gets in LA is great. For that reason, I could actually see myself living here in the future, something I never thought I would say. I do just wish it weren’t so darn far away from home.

I’m not sure what the future will hold, but I know that having these experiences in my back pocket, no matter what I end up doing, is going to be helpful.