This goes out to all my fellow Californians. Whether you've lived there now or have moved away I know you'll be able to relate!
1. How amazing In-N-Out is
Honestly, how could I not include this? In-N-Out is one of those Cali gems that you can't live without. Even if you're not the biggest fan of fast food, you have to admit that In-N-Out can't be beaten.
2. How crowded the freeways are
You can't help but roll your eyes every time someone from Jersey complains about how much traffic there is. NorCal and SoCal alike, traffic everywhere is absolutely horrible.
3. "No, I don't live next to a movie star."
First of all, it's highly unlikely that you'll find anyone at Seton Hall that lives in Downtown LA, considering how expensive real estate is. Secondly, even if we did, the majority of Californians that go to Seton Hall may not even be from LA! The question gets real old real quick.
4. "And no, we're not all surfers."
You'd be surprised by how many people thought that I surfed and said 'surfer lingo', such as 'surfs up, dude!' and 'that's gnarly!'. Although some of us do, 90% of the time, the stereotype is not real.
5. Not everyone is tall, tanned, and blonde
Sorry to burst your bubble, but we're not all models. California is a big state, and it's very diverse. It's very seldom that you'll find someone that looks like this unless you're in Orange County.
6. There's more than just beaches
California has it all: beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, etc. It's such a shame that most of that is overlooked because California is truly a beautiful place to explore.
6. Saying 'the' in front of freeway names
If you've ever seen the SNL skit, The Californians, you'd understand this. It comes so naturally that you don't even realize you're saying it. It also earns you some odd looks whenever you're driving with friends who aren't from California.
You can't deny that you've said it at least once in your life.
8. Disneyland really is magical
Whether you've only gone once or own a season pass, most Californians take pride in the fact that the original theme park is right in their backyard. Not only is Disneyland great, but California Adventure is pretty awesome too.
9. Real Mexican food
I don't mean Chipotle or Taco Bell, but real and authentic Mexican food. If you've never had tacos al carbon or carne asada from a restaurant in California, you truly are missing out on life.
10. There's no place like home
There's no place on Earth that is like California. It caters to people from all different backgrounds, and even if you go to a college in a different state, you can't help but miss the eccentricity and vibrancy of home.