At my university, I am an editor at the student run newspaper. Every February, all of the editors of the paper are invited to attend the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention. This year we had the amazing opportunity of traveling to the other side of the country, and it was phenomenal. I currently live in Jersey and the convention was held in Los Angeles, California. Need I say more? I’m actually getting melancholy writing this because I had such an incredible time; I want to go back to Cali ASAP. It also makes it worse that it’s been snowing for the past 10 hours where I live so I’m missing that gorgeous California weather more than ever right now.
Okay, enough of the sad talk. It’s only appropriate that I not only share (rub in people’s faces, HA) my awesome time being in LA for a few days, but how it totally changed my outlook on people and traveling. To give some back-story, yes I’m proud to originate from New York and live in New Jersey. However, one of the flaws of the area I live in is that people can be close-minded and get caught up in the suburban bubble. In my opinion, people in my area all have a similar mentality, which can be materialistic and cocky, and I’m not only talking about the girls. I may need another post for going into the boys here. I sadly have even been feeling discouraged on people (boys) I have been coming across at home because they are very content living and staying where we live and not traveling to any place else.
Traveling to LA for this convention was stressing me out because so much was going on the week I left. It was the week before midterms so that meant I would be coming home to a ton of homework and studying. How enticing, naht. But it’s important to note that this trip was more than I could’ve asked for and the timing was so perfect for me.
Aside from the journalism aspect of networking, learning and collaborating with professionals and other college students who share the same passion as I do, I met some of the most incredible people and stayed in a place with a totally different way of living. We all hear of California as a laid back, easy-breezy attitude state. It’s so true. Everyone I came across was insanely kind, helpful and was never in a rush, which was so refreshing.
The other students I met at this convention totally changed my outlook on people. I probably sound like a hater of where I live and the people here, but it’s very easy to get wrapped up in your bubble of comfort and believe the people you come across at home are the same type of people everywhere. I may sound naïve but I am seriously venting right now. I met young twenty-something’s from California, Wisconsin etc. who were some of the nicest, most genuine people I have ever come across. My group instantly connected with a group from Wisconsin, which led us to hang out every night. I was shocked that these people had the same values, interests and likes as we do.
Sometimes people stereotype other states, and think they live life so differently. Newsflash: twenty-something’s are twenty-something’s no matter where you are. We like to drink, have fun, write, dream, enjoy life and travel. The only difference between us and these other kids were our zip codes. There are some pretty amazing people out there and we only get the opportunity to meet them if we travel. Traveling in my opinion is so important in one’s life, especially in our 20s. Your soul mate could totally be out there, so don’t get discouraged by the frogs you keep coming across, because your prince is somewhere out there in this world.
Explore the world so you could broaden your horizons and be introduced to some awesome people. Meet others who have the same interests as you and you’ll feel a connection like nothing you’ve ever felt before. Lifeis so unpredictable and I’m excited for where life will bring me because I’m excited to explore this crazy world we live in.