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Old 08-22-2008, 02:42 PM
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Location: After College Brooklyn/Bronx/Queens NYC
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I'm 18y/o and I really want to move to Los Angeles I just graduated from high school in May and started going to a community college in Michigan during the summer. I just got my 9 credits that I needed but was told I needed to take another semester to get my GPA higher at that community school.

As of right now my parents don't know I'm really wanting to move to LA and I don't know how they would take it if I told them. I currently do not have a job and I still live with my parents.

If I were to move to LA what would be some good jobs for someone around my age and what are some good community colleges around LA? I'm thinking about telling my parents in a couple of weeks and I want to be out in LA by next year.

Another thing LA is a thousands of miles away from Michigan how would I move?

Would this be a good idea or should I wait until I'm done with school and move when I'm around 21?
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Whittier
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Wait.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:58 PM
 
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Wait.
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:02 PM
 
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Definitely wait...get your education, and then think about it. LA eats up and spits out many who believe it is a Mecca for the young and dreamy. It isn't. It is a Mecca for those with the ability to support themselves, and that means making a whole lot of money.

You will need a fat bankroll if you come to LA without a job or an education.
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:05 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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LA won't be that much fun for someone who isn't 21, wait! plus, its really expensive here. you're going to need thousands of dollars just to sign a lease on an apartment.
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Burbank
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Finish school.
Save $5,000+
Visit for an extended period of time.
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:55 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Why the urgency? Im curious. Best thing to do is wait until you're 21 years old or after you finish school.
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: los angeles/florida
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I'm 18y/o and I really want to move to Los Angeles I just graduated from high school in May and started going to a community college in Michigan during the summer. I just got my 9 credits that I needed but was told I needed to take another semester to get my GPA higher at that community school.

As of right now my parents don't know I'm really wanting to move to LA and I don't know how they would take it if I told them. I currently do not have a job and I still live with my parents.

If I were to move to LA what would be some good jobs for someone around my age and what are some good community colleges around LA? I'm thinking about telling my parents in a couple of weeks and I want to be out in LA by next year.

Another thing LA is a thousands of miles away from Michigan how would I move?

Would this be a good idea or should I wait until I'm done with school and move when I'm around 21?
Believe me, I understand how you are feeling. I grew up in the Midwest and attended a few years of college in Wisconsin, and couldn't wait to escape. I ended up going to school in Tampa, FL for one semester when I was 20. I had never been to FL before, I hopped on a plane and headed down by myself. The out-of-state tuition was too expensive and I felt bad for asking my parents to take out loans for me, so I ended up quitting school and just living in Tampa. It was awful!I had no car, no college degree, but was so stubborn that I stayed in the city for a few months, trying to make it. My bf (now husband) and I were SO poor and were just working crap jobs to make it. I decided to go back to WI to finish college because I was wasting my time and was trying to grow up too fast.

I think you should just stay in MI and get your degree, although I know that you are dying to get out. If your parents are wiling to pay out-of-state tuition, you could enroll at a CA college and live in a dorm -that would be the only way I would make the move if I were you. Community colleges in L.A. are very affordable, but you have to be a resident to get that cheap tuition, and where would you live for that year while you gain residency?

Whatever you do, make sure that your education and safety comes first. L.A. will wait for you.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:03 PM
 
Location: 2nd state in the union...
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I'm with the rest - stay in MI and finish up your education. You have plenty of time to make that big move. With all due respect, you asked "how would I move"? If you're asking a question like that, perhaps gaining some life experience, in addition to finishing your education, before moving across the country would be the best thing to do.

As for telling your parents - I know from personal experience that it's difficult to do...but they may just surprise you and be supportive of your decision. If they aren't, it's probably just because they're looking out for you. Parents are like that :-)

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles-213.323.310.818/San Diego-619.858.760
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You need to seriously rethink this and wait. Like others have said, you are trying to grow up too fast. Once you grow up you are going to want to be eighteen again and that will never happen. Your only in your teenage years once then you turn 20, 30 and before you know it youre 50! My advice is wait and come visit L.A. to see what the area and culture is like. Picture yourself living in the city by yourself and if the dream persists then follow it. Going to school and having a dorm would be the BEST solution because your rent would be paid off so if your jobless at least you have a place to sleep, study, eat and rest. For now, get a job in Michigan to get some work experience and $AVE but also raise that GPA!
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