In the summer of 2009 I was finally lucky enough to pursue one of my dreams: Travel trough California.
I've seen some nice, crazy and urban parts of the world before and even though I consider myself to be well travelled, these 7 weeks in California blew me away. For some unexplainable reason I've always felt attracted to the United States and the American people. So once I got back to Switzerland I checked my options. As I don't have a high school diploma per se, but some sort of Swiss Federal Education which doesn't "equal" the US high school diploma, I will have to start my undergrad education at a Communtiy College.
To a person like me, California, even though it's very real -- is a dream world. The beaches, the (mostly) friendly people, the gorgeous girls, the weather-- the whole "California flair" that goes with all those things just don't equal the life most people have in other places on the earth. It's very beautiful. And it's completely different to what I'm used to.
(Un)fortunately I never seem to choose the easy way, with whatever life throws at me. I am not ungrateful or unhappy about this fact, because it made me to what I am today, and well, I'm kind of proud. Some of you people might be able to relate. Therefore I don't want to make those 4 years of my life an "easy" experience. Besides studying and getting a good degree I also want to be able to work on myself, as a person, get to know myself better, trying to understand things about life that I don't understand now.
I have never visited New York yet, but I have this feeling that maybe NYC is a better "life school" than California. I am 23, will start my college experience with 24, and even though I am very outgoing (another reason I loved California), I am also very independent. Which makes me question if the "traditional" college experience is the right thing for me.
What I am sort of trying to "figure out" with this post is, what college and life experiences people had in those two very different areas. It's probably not the everyday question you get on those boards, but if anyone feels like sharing their thought, their own or someone elses experience, I would greatly appreciate that.