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California....California...hey hey hey

So long story short, I'm from New York. I've never left the East Coast. Ever.

And this is crazy but I'm graduating from college this May...I'm 20...and I'm thinking of deferring my job offer on Wall Street to do Teach For America for two years. I really want to give back to the kiddies and my community, because I've never had the opportunity to do so. And I've always wanted to teach. So TFA pretty much puts us recent graduates with underprivileged children. I'll most likely get put with black children and that's what I want. We teach them for two years. And then we get discharged and get to go on with our lives, pretty much.

So I really want to do it. Though the salary is literally half of my current offer, I really want to see if I can make a difference and give some kids hope for the future. I care about money, but not that much. This is far more important.

However, if I accept this offer I want to move to California because I feel like it'll be cathartic to start over in a place I don't know and see how strong I really am.

So can anyone tell me about Cali? Specifically the Bay Area and/or Los Angeles because that's where I'd be teaching.

Also if anyone has any advice on how to teach and hopefully inspire these young children over two years, also let me know. I guess I'm targeting the parents of children on this MB.

Thanks so much in advance. It's very appreciated.

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I love California and I can't even dream about ever leaving. The Bay Area is one of the coldest places in California. This is because most of the cities surrounding the bay are near the ocean obviously. Very diverse cities. Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, San Francisco, Daly City, etc. San Francisco is a really big city with lots of people and it is the GAY capital. I even saw two gay midgets holding hands but if you are comfortable with your sexuality I wouldn't worry about. Pier 39 is my favorite place to go in San Francisco. This is not even a good synopsis but I will tell you more later. There are also alot of panhandlers and homeless people In San Fran.

L.A. is ALOT hotter than the Bay Area and is also very diverse. You will see lots of celebrities here but I don't think most people in L.A. are all that starstruck so it's not that big of a deal when you see a celebrity. There are loads of things to do in L.A. and Hollywood isn't too far away. Some parts are VERY dangerous in L.A particularly downtown at night but most of L.A. is pretty fun and diverse. Well, this is only 10% of what California has to offer but I can't be around much longer. I will post more later.
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move to the Bay Area. I think you'd like it there better if you like New York.


however, i THINK (i could be wrong), that the black kids in LA need more help in general. The LAUSD school district is overcrowded & underfunded so any help would definitely be appreciated.

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move to the Bay Area. I think you'd like it there better if you like New York.


however, i THINK (i could be wrong), that the black kids in LA need more help in general. The LAUSD school district is overcrowded & underfunded so any help would definitely be appreciated.

You live in California? And I agree about L.A. but I don't know if No Name Face will be ready for that.
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You live in California? And I agree about L.A. but I don't know if No Name Face will be ready for that.
yea... LA is crazy. but if he really wants to help, and is ready for anything, i think it could be worth it for him to come to la.

lol yes i lived in california my whole life. los angeles and northern orange county my whoooooooooole life.

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I lived in the bay area for years (North Bay: Guerneville, CA) and I fucking love it and I miss it. It's a great place. Great food, great people, diversity, so much nature. The Russian River is amazing.

You should really move there.

I grew up in the Los Angeles area...it never really appealed to me.
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thats cool, my cousin did TFA in LA for 2 years, she loved it over there. Personally, i would rather live in SF because it's less hectic than LA.

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So long story short, I'm from New York. I've never left the East Coast. Ever.

And this is crazy but I'm graduating from college this May...I'm 20...and I'm thinking of deferring my job offer on Wall Street to do Teach For America for two years. I really want to give back to the kiddies and my community, because I've never had the opportunity to do so. And I've always wanted to teach. So TFA pretty much puts us recent graduates with underprivileged children. I'll most likely get put with black children and that's what I want. We teach them for two years. And then we get discharged and get to go on with our lives, pretty much.

So I really want to do it. Though the salary is literally half of my current offer, I really want to see if I can make a difference and give some kids hope for the future. I care about money, but not that much. This is far more important.

However, if I accept this offer I want to move to California because I feel like it'll be cathartic to start over in a place I don't know and see how strong I really am.

So can anyone tell me about Cali? Specifically the Bay Area and/or Los Angeles because that's where I'd be teaching.

Also if anyone has any advice on how to teach and hopefully inspire these young children over two years, also let me know. I guess I'm targeting the parents of children on this MB.

Thanks so much in advance. It's very appreciated.
Hey NNF, that's incredibly admirable of you!!! And believe me when I say that you will feel wonderfully fulfilled when you see those little faces looking to you for assistance and leadership. The only other feeling that I could compare it to is having your own kid do the same.

As far as whether the surrounding cities here honor the TFA program, I'll have to check. However, I know for a fact that many cities here need the help. As GPlayer21 mentioned earlier, locations like Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, San Francisco, and Daly City, could certainly utilize your youthful energy and talents. Some other location you may want to consider include San Pablo, Fremont, East Palo Alto, and San Mateo.

Also, if you enjoy great weather, diversity, incredible food, and world class tourism, then the Bay Area is the place to be. But more importantly, the areas that need the most help, as far as I know, are Oakland, San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Richmond, and Vallejo. And though I've visited L.A. countless times, I'm unfortunately unfamiliar with their school system to be of any assistance. maybe kiwifan can help you there.

At any rate, I'll look and ask around in my district for you if you are interested.
We can correspond through PM from here on if you like. Wherever you decide to go, I'm sure you'll be appreciated and welcomed, because MAN do we need help.

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So can anyone tell me about Cali? Specifically the Bay Area and/or Los Angeles because that's where I'd be teaching.
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Thanks so much in advance. It's very appreciated.
Just for you, I've called a few demography experts and polled them and the results follow:

The Bay Area sucks.

Southern Cal rocks.


These people are at the top of their field so I'd go with their evaluation.

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move to the Bay Area. I think you'd like it there better if you like New York.


however, i THINK (i could be wrong), that the black kids in LA need more help in general. The LAUSD school district is overcrowded & underfunded so any help would definitely be appreciated.
well...i'm from New York, but not New York City. I'm two hours north of NYC which equals rural-ness.

So you still think I'll like the Bay Area if I'm not from the city?

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Thanks for the input guys.

Can you tell me any more about these areas? How's the nightlife? What things can I do? What's the tennis scene like? Beaches? Clubs? Food?

I wanted to move to LA just cuz I don't know what the Bay Area is

Also, on an aside I sorta hate Thanksgiving because I always have to wake up so freaking early. Seriously. My parents don't know this, but I go to bed at like..6am, I don't wake up then

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Hey NNF, that's incredibly admirable of you!!! And believe me when I say that you will feel wonderfully fulfilled when you see those little faces looking to you for assistance and leadership. The only other feeling that I could compare it to is having your own kid do the same.

As far as whether the surrounding cities here honor the TFA program, I'll have to check. However, I know for a fact that many cities here need the help. As GPlayer21 mentioned earlier, locations like Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, San Francisco, and Daly City, could certainly utilize your youthful energy and talents. Some other location you may want to consider include San Pablo, Fremont, East Palo Alto, and San Mateo.

Also, if you enjoy great weather, diversity, incredible food, and world class tourism, then the Bay Area is the place to be. But more importantly, the areas that need the most help, as far as I know, are Oakland, San Francisco, East Palo Alto, Richmond, and Vallejo. And though I've visited L.A. countless times, I'm unfortunately unfamiliar with their school system to be of any assistance. maybe kiwifan can help you there.

At any rate, I'll look and ask around in my district for you if you are interested.
We can correspond through PM from here on if you like. Wherever you decide to go, I'm sure you'll be appreciated and welcomed, because MAN do we need help.
thank you! i will PM you when i actually make my decision.
however, every day i inch closer to saying yes.

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Well, I'll be the lone party pooper and say that I think it's a bad idea.


....This is fucked up, fucked up....

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Well, I'll be the lone party pooper and say that I think it's a bad idea.
stinker.

a little public service in your early years is good for the soul.

the "big money boys" are going to treat you like a snot nose punk early on anyway (they show love when their recruiting but once they've got you...) so its better to be a little older and world wise, bring more than "book learnin'" to the table.

but if you come down to the Hotel California...

...you can check in any time you like, but you'll never leave.

Just from the tennis perspective alone, once you get used to never having to check the weather report before you schedule a match with your buddies...

...you'll come to the conclusion that you'd be crazy to go back to real weather.

This of course only applies to Glorious So Cal, up North their weather sucks sooooo bad they have to wear layers in Summer (hot for 3 minutes, then windy for an hour, then it rains for 9 minutes, then its cold as shit for an hour, then its hot again - I've seen this with my own eyes )

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LA is cool, but I also think where you come FROM is the deciding factor of whether or not you'll like LA. If you're from a midwest state, seems like most midwesterners that I've met that have moved from LA love it. They love the fast pace, materialistic lifestyle as it is a direct contrast from where they come from. I find that southerners don't like LA too much because everyone is "rude" With east coasters, I find it to be a mixed group. Some think we're way too shallow for their tastes, while others don't mind it at all.

This is a huge decision for you, and props to graduating at 20 I'm 25 and still in college

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Well, I'll be the lone party pooper and say that I think it's a bad idea.
Sorry to poop your party but I think so too

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