California is a wonderfully diverse state with some of the world’s best universities, the most exciting companies (Facebook, Snapchat), the excitement of Hollywood and the music industry, and the fame of cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Moving to California to study English can be the most exciting (but also scary!) experience in a person’s life. What are some things you need to know before moving here?
7 Things You Should Know About Studying English in California
#1: We aren’t at the beach every day
It’s a common misconception: Californians are tall, blonde, and surf all day. This just isn’t true! California is a diverse state with agriculture, mountains, deserts, and of course beaches. The beach is just one of many things you can experience, and it’s certainly not the only way we choose to spend our weekends.
#2: We love to eat really good food
Because California is such a diverse state, there is always something delicious to eat. California-style sushi, Mexican street tacos, Vietnamese pho . . . you will never get tired of your culinary options. Even our fast food, In N Out, is delicious and fresh! Californians love to cook: the state’s beautiful local ingredients are inspiring to anyone who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. And did we mention the farmers markets? Californians love farmers markets, and most neighborhoods have a market one day each week.
#3: We are very healthy
Californians love to be in the outdoors and exercise. (Maybe it’s the great weather that keeps us so active?) Talk to most Californians, and you will quickly learn that they have an activity that they love: running, yoga, cycling, martial arts . . . everyone seems ready to go on an exercise adventure at any moment!
#4: There aren’t celebrities everywhere
Yes, California is home to Los Angeles, which is where most stars live. But most Californians don’t see celebrities on a daily basis. (However, if you go to Buck’s of Woodside, you will probably see some “celebrities” of Silicon Valley.)
#5: Traffic is just a part of life
In most cases, there’s nothing we can do about it, so we try to use that laid-back California attitude when it comes to rush hour (and try our hardest to avoid rush hour whenever possible)! Try to use public transportation to avoid this, or grab your bicycle and bike to work or school: the weather makes this possible many days of the year.
#6: Sunsets are sacred
Is there anything better than a California sunset? Californians will stop what they are doing in order to watch the sun disappear into the ocean, the cityscape, or the mountains. It’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on your day and be grateful.
#7: California culture is distinctive
Californians are proud that their state’s culture is different from the culture of other states. FOr one thing, we speak slightly differently than people from the rest of the nation (many of us even use surfer slang, such as the words “like” and “dude,” in everyday speech!). We also have unique festivals and events (such as the Gilroy Garlic Festival and the San Francisco Bay to Breakers). We even love to laugh about how weird we are (who eats that much Mexican food? And who thinks “cold” is when you have to wear more than a light jacket?).
We are also proud to welcome international students to be Californians as well. See you soon!