Incase you didn’t know, because as if I don’t talk about it enough, this summer I moved to London for a month to take part in a Study Abroad program. It was easily one of the best decisions I’ve made. While there, I adopted some new habits that I’ve been able to keep with me since I came home that I thought I’d share with you.
Hello it's me. The designated single of every friend group. Is that a title I've given myself? Yes. Is it still true? Unfortunately Yes.
Typically being single around the Holidays, especially Valentine's Day is bummerville for those of us without a significant other, but it does not have to be. Here are some ideas to spend your day either by yourself or with some friends in the same boat as you.
My Roommate Amanda and I love Taylor Swift. It was a huge part of why we knew we would last as roommates. 1989 came out as we were apartment hunting and we got the keys to our place on Taylor's 25th Birthday. For my 22nd Birthday her and my friend Reza hosted a surprise Party for me and played "22" as I entered and bought a Swan Floatie so we could recreate some Taylor-esque pics. The first time I ever got to see Taylor perform live was when she closed down Hollywood Blvd to perform on Jimmy Kimmel, I won tickets and naturally took Amanda.
I am what many are lucky enough to refer to themselves as, a born & raised Californian. I grew up in the Bay Area before heading to Santa Barbara for College and now reside in Los Angeles. The longest I've been away from California was for 2 weeks when I was 10 and went England with my mother and grandma against my will (side note: it was a lovely trip that I've grown to appreciate more and more as time goes on). Up until recently my friends have pretty much always been in the same boat as me when it comes to our home state, and really the only friends of mine who have left on their own did so because of the college they attended (in states such as New York or Boston, which while drastically different each have their own appeal). But the more people I get to know in LA, the more times I find myself in the lesser median of which I grew up in California. I now have friends from places I would always get points taken off of for forgetting on my 50 States Quiz in 5th Grade (it's a miracle I graduated Elementary School). There are foods that I am just now hearing about such as Cheese Curds and Lobster Rolls. I actually know humans that have experienced a White Christmas at their own home (yes California can do that as well sometimes BUT STILL).
For the past year I have taken a break from my studies to move to Los Angeles and follow my dreams. I knew in order to make this happen I would not be able to be in school. The choice to take a year off from school I feel is something that can be frowned upon in society, but seems straight up absurd if you are a Palo Alto native, such as myself, where you're taught that education is everything because without getting a great one you cannot be successful in life.