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Old 04-04-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: ATL by way of Los Angeles
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I don't mind the free internet advice, as I've never actually been to either city. So any advice is worthwhile to me.

The schools are CSULB, and UNO (not to be confused with LUNO). I'm getting an MA in English and then will want to pursue a doctorate OR go straight into teaching. In terms of academic opportunity... California looks better, due to the sheer number of schools I could move into. But UNO is talking about giving me free tuition, which makes it more practical FOR NOW.

Serious question: do people in New Orleans really have strong Cajun accents? My wife is not a native English speaker, and I'm worried she'll have trouble communicating if people don't speak "standard" English.
People in New Orleans tend to have accents, but not the strong, stereotypical Cajun accents that you see on television. My mother is a Louisiana native and I have family in New Orleans, so I am familiar with the place.


As far as the schools are concerned, my brother went to CSULB and I have a first cousin that went to UNO. Both schools are decent, but for your situation I would lean more towards CSULB. You can still get a quality education at UNO, but the state is dealing with a lot of financial issues that are affecting the state universities (UNO being one of them). They also tried to force UNO to merge with another local school (SUNO), but that didn't happen. However, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't try that again. With that being the case, I would hate to be at UNO during a transition or pre-transition period.


There are several educators in my family back in the L.A. area. Teacher pay is bad no matter where you go. However, aside from better pay you also have more options in Southern California. In South Louisiana, the school systems are typically parish-driven as opposed to city-driven (counties are "parishes" in Louisiana in case you didn't already know). That means that once you leave New Orleans, your options mainly consist of parish-wide school systems that may come with their own set of issues. If you are seeking to pursue a doctorate, you also have more options in Southern California as well even if you do not end up teaching on the university level.
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Old 04-04-2016, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Not trashy. Real and funky, vs plastic and phony.
I haven't been to New Orleans, but from my experience, many people in Long Beach are a combination of funky, trashy, and phony. No, not all of them, but many. Some are indeed plastic and phony, but many if not most young adults in Long Beach are aiming (albeit in many cases superficially) for a more "alternative" vibe than the word "plastic" would imply. Much of LB is culturally like a combination of Orange County punk/youth subculture and gritty LA culture. Some areas are much nicer than that, though.
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Old 04-05-2016, 12:17 PM
 
Location: 10110001010110100
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Not trashy. Real and funky, vs plastic and phony.
Actually Long Beach is far more low-key and real down most any part of LA metro, after all it is a college town. Besides, we have our share of ghetto/trashy!

Lifestyle wise LBC is also quite diverse, bunch of different races, nationalities, sexual orientations, etc.

OP needs to figure out his priorities and decide which one would be a better choice.
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