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Old 05-24-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Athens, GA
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I am 24, and graduating from law school next year. I have lived my whole life in Georgia (raised in Atlanta, school in Athens).

I need to get out of Georgia for a year (after I pass the bar) to get some perspective, grow as a person, and have some fun as well.

My criteria:
1.) Major city that is very different from Atlanta
2.) Good weather
3.) Good nightlife

I was initially interested in Denver, but the more research I have done, the less appealing it appears.

I am very intrigued by San Diego now. I am just wondering though, as a slow-paced suburban city, will it be too similar to Atlanta? I want a total 180 degree change.

Also, any natives who have lived in San Diego, or any San Diego natives living in Atlanta, or anyone who has spent time in both cities, do you think this a good choice?

Thanks in advance!

(By the way, I am also considering: Portland, OR, and Austin, TX)
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Old 05-24-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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I'd go for LA, it fits your criteria. San Diego is nice, but it's no LA. With LA as your base you could still skip on down to San Diego, about a two hour drive. Plus Vegas is a short plane ride or a manageable 4 hour drive. Portland is ok, naturally beautiful place, but not much else, IMO. Austin is cool, but I feel if you're looking for something totally different from the college and city life of Athens and Atlanta, Austin wouldn't be my first choice.

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Old 05-24-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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If you can handle the numerous drizzle days there, Seattle. The West Coasters will have you eating granola, recycling cans, composting and singing Kum-Ba-Ya within weeks.

Seriously, it's a nice city but VERY different vibe than Atlanta (other than the number of bums downtown). You won't be far from Portland or Vancouver Canada living there as well, and both are pretty cool places in their own way.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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In my honest opinion, the only area in the United States that will give the closest thing to a true culture shock is the big apple. To get the real deal though, you would really need to go live abroad somewhere otherwise you'll just be getting a change of scenery.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:55 PM
 
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Why not move out of the country?

Seriously, if you grew up in Atlanta you won't be *shocked* culturally by anything. There might be cities that are more this and less that, etc, but nothing that really jolts your sense of being.

But if you were to move to South Africa...could be very interesting. Or Namibia. They speak English there so it wouldn't be too difficult. If you want to learn Portuguese, move to Mozambique. And if you REALLY want culture shock, move to Angola (Portuguese) or Mali (French).

But I can't imagine there's anywhere in the US that's sooooo different you'll feel like you're in a different world, so to speak.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:56 PM
 
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Hey, Adric and I had the exact same idea (I was still writing mine when his/hers posted).

Even NYC won't give you culture shock...not really.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:04 PM
 
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Hey, Adric and I had the exact same idea (I was still writing mine when his/hers posted).

Even NYC won't give you culture shock...not really.
It won't really. It might be stressful for a while for someone who's not used to the break-neck pace it moves at but that's about it.

Culture shocks aren't all that fun actually. They can lead to depression. I did a three month stint in Japan back in 2005 and after about three weeks, I was depressed and felt isolated. The secret though is to not fight the culture and instead accept it and go with it. Once you do that, it's much better.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA
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I'd go for LA, it fits your criteria. San Diego is nice, but it's no LA. With LA as your base you could still skip on down to San Diego, about a two hour drive. Plus Vegas is a short plane ride or a manageable 4 hour drive. Portland is ok, naturally beautiful place, but not much else, IMO. Austin is cool, but I feel if you're looking for something totally different from the college and city life of Athens and Atlanta, Austin wouldn't be my first choice.
Thanks for the advice. I have already ruled out San Francisco (too "out there"--my friend lives there and says there are no normal people), but I hadn't really thought of LA. It has such a bad rep. But I think I am going to add it to the list. Thanks!
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:13 PM
 
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If you want culture shock, San Diego is definitely the place to accomplish that coming from Atlanta.
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Athens, GA
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If you can handle the numerous drizzle days there, Seattle. The West Coasters will have you eating granola, recycling cans, composting and singing Kum-Ba-Ya within weeks.

Seriously, it's a nice city but VERY different vibe than Atlanta (other than the number of bums downtown). You won't be far from Portland or Vancouver Canada living there as well, and both are pretty cool places in their own way.
That's the thing, I don't think I could. I am a very moody person, and I think rainy weather would make it worse. A lot of times rain makes me wonder why there are mosquitos or get annoyed by people coughing.

Also, I have heard of the "Seattle freeze." I would like a place where it's easy to meet people!
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