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Old 05-26-2008, 11:53 PM
 
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I have been looking through this forum for about 2 hours now (my eyes are about to pop out of my head) and it's been of some help but not to the exact information I want to know.

I will be attending Santa Monica University in about a year, but want to move to California within the next couple of months to get a job set up and all that jazz. So here we go...

I'm about 3 weeks away from getting my BA in ESL education, so I can go to Cali to be an English teacher. I'm sure those are needed everywhere. I want to know, is it really worth it for me to actually live IN Santa Monica, or can I move somewhere NEAR it? I really like it when the places are artsy, sort of hippyish and spiritual.....I also looove culture, and I like it when there's a "hip" scene for when you want to go out dancing or whatever. I'm 24, pretty much broke, and I've heard that Ventura, San Luis Obispo, and Ojai Valley are good options. (Am also not a huge fan of big cities.)

Also, if any of you out there are or have kids who are in your 20's, that would be great if you want to talk to me and tell me what life is like where you live. [Cue in shameless self promotion here]

alright thankssssssss.
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Old 05-27-2008, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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Venice Beach fits your description perfectly. It's about five minutes from Santa Monica beach and about 10 -15 min from Santa Monica University. As for teaching, the State of California just handed pink slips to all of it teachers and plans to actually lay off several thousand teachers before it's over. If you wantto teach ESL try Texas or Florida they are recruiting heavily from our dwindling teacher pool.
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:17 AM
 
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Oh my God. I guess I'll just have to do something else in the meanwhile, because I really want to attend the University. That's not the first time I've heard of maybe going to Venice. I'll look up Venice a little bit more. Is it more or less expensive, do you know? Thanks for your response by the way!
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Old 05-27-2008, 12:03 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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it's not actually a university that is located in Santa Monica, it is a community college. You cannot graduate with a bachelor's degree from Santa Monica College.

As for where to live, it is very expensive to live in or around santa monica. venice and santa monica both have a bit of the hippie type vibe that you are aiming for, but its not a strong presence. another place you might consider is topanga canyon. venice and santa monica are pretty urban places, which it appears you are trying to avoid. topanga canyon (about 30-45 minutes away from santa monica) might be a better fit for you.
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Old 05-27-2008, 07:01 PM
 
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assuming you mean santa monica college, what do you plan to study there after you have your BA in three weeks? SMC is a community college!
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Old 05-28-2008, 06:33 AM
 
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thanks for the interest guys, that helps!

And I assure you BOTH I mean Santa Monica University, as there is in fact, a university there. In case you were not aware of it, here is the link:

USM University of Santa Monica: Soul-Centered Education | Graduate Programs in Spiritual Psychology

which is easy to find, all you do is google "Santa Monica University."

I will be checking the cities you said and see how they fit. Thanks a bunch for all the help!!!
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Old 05-28-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, AR
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There is a Santa Monica University it's on Wilshire Blvd. Unless you are into spirituality, you aren't going to be aware of it. What are you going to study there?
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:55 AM
 
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Masters in Spiritual Psychology.

And boy do I know that's asking for it.
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:21 PM
 
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Masters in Spiritual Psychology.

And boy do I know that's asking for it.
Not neccessarily. A bigger problem may be that Santa Monica is one the most expensive places to live in the whole metropolis. Venice is cheaper but not exactly bargain-basement. I quite like SL Obispo but it is a very long way from the city. Driving into Santa Monica in the morning is hell; ditto driving out in the afternoon.
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Old 05-28-2008, 01:31 PM
 
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If you are going to school in SM, you need to be near SM. I don't know exactly how you'll afford it if you are broke but possibly you can share a house or rent a room in that area.

You do not want to drive from Ventura or Ojai and SLO is not an option at all. Neither Ventura or Ojai are really the culture you are looking for -- Ojai is sort of hippy-ish yes, but as far as I know it's sort of the older hippy crowd (perhaps the original hippies and baby boomers). In any case the drive is too long and with the current gas prices it'll kill you financially, if you don't succumb to road rage first -- the traffic will drive you crazy.

Everything you want is near where you will be attending school, you just have to find a way to afford it. I think that's more doable than trying to find an outlying area that will give you the same atmosphere you desire, and then spend a lot of time and money getting back to Santa Monica.
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