goodbye Athens, hello LA

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It’s my senior year of college and instead of traveling 3+ hours to Athens for fall semester, I took a 6+ hour plane ride to the Golden State. On my way to Los Angeles I had so many thoughts running through my mind, like “What am I doing? Why didn’t I just go back to Athens? What if I don’t get an internship? What if LA is a great place to visit, but not to live?”

I was panicking.

Fast forward to about a week later and I really believe that I’ve made the right decision. When I started my freshman year at OU, I knew that I wanted to study abroad for a semester, and I promised myself that I wouldn’t leave college until I did. Although I didn’t get the chance to study abroad in another country, California was just far enough to get the experience of a lifetime.

In the past, I’ve missed out on a lot of great opportunities, simply by not applying or because I thought I was too busy. I finally gathered the courage to apply for this study abroad program after reading Shonda Rhimes’ book “Year of Yes.” In the book Rhimes decided that for one year she was going to say yes to every opportunity that appeared throughout her life. I decided to do the exact same and look at where it got me. LA baby!

All summer, I was under the impression that my life in LA would be similar to Lauren Conrad’s on “The Hills,” but little did I know that what was portrayed in the show would be totally different than what I would experience, in a good way.

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So far, I have connected with a lot of people within the same industry as me. I’m not kidding when I say that literally every person that you meet here works in some type of creative industry.

I love that this place is so full of creative energy.

I’m also loving that I can sit by the pool and work while being surrounded by palm trees. Although I do miss College Green and the wild squirrels of Athens, this opportunity to go to LA during fall semester of my senior year has been everything I’ve always dreamed it could be.

It’s a bittersweet feeling that once I get back to Athens I’ll only have one semester left. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting throughout my first few days in LA and I really feel like I needed this. This has been a huge challenge, being away from family and friends, not to mention everything that is LA. But this opportunity has already made me step out of my box of comfort, and I know that when I leave here in December, I will have unlocked another part of myself that I’ve never known.

One of the things that I’ve been loving about LA is that there is always something to do, but it can get a little overwhelming.

Here’s a list of all the things I did my first week here:

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  • Attended the long taping of The Odd Couple
  • Attended the taping of The Voice (I sat right behind Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Miley Cyrus and Blake Shelton)
  • Went on The Warner Bros VIP Tour
  • Rode to artist Masego show with him while he played exclusive new music and attended his show with Brass Tracks
  • Met Chloe & Halle (Beyoncé protégés and great artists)

I managed to do all of this within my first week here, so I know that there is so much more to come.

I’m so excited to share my journey with you guys.

#ShyannTips of the Week:

If an opportunity comes about, go for it instead of having self-doubt.

Recommended books that helped me get my life together: 

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

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Girl Boss – Sophia Amoruso

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Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

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Leave Your Mark – Aliza Licht

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