These days, I am in LA.
The move wasn’t drastic. I wasn’t crying or anything, but it wasn’t easy either. It definitely took some adjustments, a lot of which I didn’t mind. However, a lot of things I had to buy again. Of course shopping is fun, but shopping for things you NEED isn’t fun on a budget. (Like who buys cleaning supplies and tupperware because it’s fun?)
Some significant things I’ve noticed was that road rules and flow of traffic is way more organized than the way they are in NYC. Driving here is so much easier - there are so many signs and the lanes are so wide!
People here are definitely nicer. I wasn’t really used to it. In NYC, we don’t acknowledge strangers. When strangers here acknowledged me, and I did not return the greeting, they kind of looked at me in a weird way. I have learned since then.
Things here are much cheaper. Before I came, I worried finances will be a problem. It is actually much more manageable, but that’s because I came with NYC expectations.
I am also working as a medical assistant here. However, I am not working for a cardiovascular surgeon anymore. I am working for an optometrist. It is a huge transition, as how I went from tons of wound care, blood, veins, and ulcers, to just working with machines and glasses.
I cannot wait to return to a school environment, meet new classmates, professors, and continue my education. Of course I will be stressed out with schoolwork, but I have to bite my tongue and do it. Once the part of nursing school is over, (and passing the NCLEX,) a big stress will finally be off my chest. I can continue on with the next milestones in life.
For now, nursing school.
Boy, am I grateful that pretty much all my nursing pre-reqs transferred from NYC. I’d hate to start all over again.