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My Life In L.A.: To Move Or Not To Move

The semester before I moved out to Los Angeles was Fall 2009, and I was interning at Latinitas as a mentor and a Senior at the University of Texas at Austin. I was double major in Advertising and Radio, Television and Film (RTF or Film). My life was a little crazy with my project based classes, work, mentoring and volunteering with the program H.O.S.T. at Mets Elementary School. While mentoring I fell in love with all the girls that I met through the program and had such great experiences. Latinitas is hands down the best internship I have ever had, you will find out about my other internships in future posts.


Although I was having a great time in school the one thing I always regretted was never studying aboard. Not being able to live in another country for a few months experiencing a different culture was disheartening. To constantly be learning and traveling is one of my passions and not taking advantage of that during college is upsetting. I then learned about a program that the university offers to it students, which is UTLA a film program where a group of student spends a semester in Los Angeles taking film, music and advertising classes and learning about the entertainment industry. One of the requirements for the program is if you get accepted you must get an internship out in L.A. or you will fail.


Los Angeles isn't a foreign country, even though it sometimes feels as if it is, the program would best way for me to learn if it would want to live in L.A. once I finished school. I took a chance and applied and got accepted, that is when the chaos began. Before I was able to leave I had to make such I had enough credits to graduate once UTLA end, clean out my condo, donate everything I no longer I needed and of course say my goodbyes. 


One of the hardest things that I had to do at the end of the semester,was explain to all of my girls that I was not returning the next semester. They each asked why and if I would ever see them again. My response to all of the questions was, "I am moving to L.A. to finish up school and hopeful I'll have time to come back to visit." Each time I said it, I became more nervous about the move and all these negative thoughts would pop into my head. A few were, "What if you don't find an internship?", "Will I still be close to my friends?," "Can I handle living that far away from my family?." 


I might have had cold feet, but I knew that I had to move. I had a feeling that moving out to L.A. would change my life and my future career.


So, right after my last final exam I packed up my car and drove back home to Houston to spend a few weeks with my family before my big move.

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