Living in LA
I Got a Car!!! ⟩
January 18, 2012, by Kimberly
Housing and Transportation Living in LA
Yep, it’s true. And here it is. Little ‘98 Honda Accord. I finally succummed to the pressure of LA and to my class schedule this semester and had to get one. I mean it is possible to use public transit in LA as I have managed for almost 2 years now but there are some places that are a little harder to get to. I will still probably use public transit for close commutes, but for those far-away, spur-of-the-moment happenings, it will be a great asset. So I’m very excited! (And I know that my friends are too, the ones that have been giving me rides . . . thanks guys!) Actually some of them still ask me if I need a lift occasionally. But now I can pick them up instead. So new year, new mode of transit. I’ll keep you posted on all my adventures. Happy Driving!
Moving to LA ⟩
October 10, 2010, by Amanda
Housing and Transportation Living in LA
After graduating from undergrad, I needed to pack-up and move to California. Living in the OT House made sense to me! So I hope that through my student blog you will get an in-depth look at what it is like to be an occupational therapy student here at USC. To start my tour of student life, I’ll start with my experiences during my first summer.
Coming from Maryland, I was leaving my family and friends to see what West Coast life is all about. For those of you worrying about making a move like I did, graduate school is the perfect time to try living somewhere new and it provides great opportunities to meet and befriend others. LA is a big town and the thought of moving there was a little intimidating. What is amazing about coming to USC for school is the living learning experience that is a housing option called the OT House. Besides my great aunt that lives in the area, I was nervous about moving to a place where I knew no one. For this reason, I chose to spend my first year in LA living in the OT House. From our first building meeting, I already met other classmates and even had a ride to school the next day. 😊 Those same friends have since become my California family.
Another great aspect of the OT house is the convenience factor. The two-bedroom apartments come equipped with a full bedroom set (you have your own bedroom), kitchen appliances, sofas, table and chairs. All you really need is your bedding, clothes, school gear, and kitchenware. After recently graduating I only had a few weeks to pull myself together and get out to LA for the June start and there was no way I could move furniture across the country. Living in the OT house meant I had a few things less to worry about. Due to its proximity to the University Park campus, the OT house makes going to classes on the Health Science campus easy. There is a bus that runs between campuses, making driving unnecessary. Also, you are close to all the activities of the University Park campus. Events, performances, Trojan sports, intramurals, you name it and it’s right there for you. As a full time student you have access to the Rec facilities, so your gym is right there too.
Being that the apartment building that hosts the OT House is majority OT students, you have access to study groups always! If you ever need a question answered or clarification on an assignment, your neighbor can most likely help you out. The OT House was always the common meeting point between in house and out of house students and the place for groups to meet when working on group assignments. There is an RA that is an OT student and a USC OT faculty member that lives in the building as well. Basically, choosing to live there gives you instant support in your academic life.
My first experiences in LA were wonderful, many of which I can attribute to being a resident in the OT House. It was there I built my foundation for life in LA and as an occupational therapy student. Below is a picture of the sunset from my apartment in the OT house!
Things to do in LA . . . ⟩
March 10, 2010, by Michelle
Living in LA
So I went to Disneyland about 4 times in the past 2 weeks and that go me thinking about what LA has to offer. There is so much stuff in the area that you’ll never be bored. Here are some fun things that I have found to do in the Southern California area within the past 2 years.
Disneyland. This is my friend Nicole and I at Disneyland around Christmas time, it was such a beautiful sight.
Malibu Beach. Nicole, Audrey and Me are all in the program and frequently we go to the beach and relax. Sometimes we bring homework, and sometimes we ban it from being allowed. But we always have a fun time.
The Pumpkin Patch. I went with my cousins who live in Orange County, it’s a really fun time. They have kiddie rides and kettle corn and usually some sort of live entertainment.
Oktoberfest. In Huntington Beach this is an opportunity to be fully emerged in Germany culture and tradition in the month of October. They have a band that they fly in from Germany for the whole month and authentic cuisine and beverages.
Camping. We went camping in Santa Barbara but there are several locations around LA that aren’t as far. It’s a cheap and fun way to have some friendly bonding and time with the outdoors.
Hiking. There are tons of hikes around the LA area. Griffith Park is a location that is near the Hollywood Hills that many people choose to hike. There is even a hike that will lead you to the Hollywood Sign.
Restaurants. LA has some great restaurants to choose from, like this one that is an old fire house in downtown that got converted.
Skiing. Big Bear Lake is only about 2–3 hours away and it is a great place to go skiing. It also has many activities to do when it’s not the winter time.
Hollywood Blvd. There is always a fun pretender to see and take a picture with on this historic walkway. Here is me and Johnny Depp.
I hope this helps convince you all of everything that LA has to offer, comment on this post if you know of other great activities that I didn’t list.