Brooke FreundlichI went to the beach on Tuesday. Seems like a pretty simple sentence on the surface, but lets think about this for a second.

I went to the beach on Tuesday.

Tuesday was October 28th. Back home in New Jersey it was 58 degrees while Syracuse was a crisp 52. I cannot tell you the last time that I went to the beach in late October and happily lay in the sand working on my tan. For an east coast girl that’s practically unheard of, but hey, that’s the magic of lala land.

I would by lying if I said California was all smiles and sunshine from the moment I arrived. I was scared and intimidated by this foreign state, and I’ll be the first to tell you that the culture shock from east coast to west coast is real. But as time flew by and adjustments were made, specifically learning how to time my morning commute with ungodly traffic, I began to realize just how special Los Angeles is. In regards to the industry, I have learned more here simply by listening and asking questions than any class has ever taught me. It is a really incredible feeling being surrounded by people that share the same passions as you and are so willing to help in any way. Aside from the industry, the city itself has so much to offer. Few other places offer beautiful beaches, incredible mountains, and city lights the way Los Angeles does. It may not be the hustle and bustle of New York City that I’m used to, but it is breathtaking in it’s own way.

Sometimes when I’m driving down Ventura on my way to class, I’ll look up at those iconic palm trees and take a moment to appreciate just how lucky I am to be spending a few months in lala land. I’ll be sad to leave in a few weeks, but I know it’s not a goodbye, just a see you later.

Brooke Freundlich walking to the beach