After graduating from Boston University in 2014, I decided I was going to make this my last summer break and enjoy myself before getting a job, where summer break no longer exists. I planned to get a job on the east coast, close enough that I could visit home on the long weekends. New York, Boston or maybe at home in Philadelphia. It wasn’t until I saw a job listing on LinkedIn that was too good to be true. But it was in Las Vegas.

I never pictured myself moving across the country, less so to Las Vegas. Pretty much all of my family lives within four hours of each other, besides my half-sister who lives in Phoenix. However, the job had everything I wanted and more. I couldn’t pass it up.

After accepting the position at Kirvin Doak Communications, I was more excited than scared. I’ve never been afraid of moving away from home. I craved it when applying to college after attending a high school with only 40 students in my grade. This was a whole new adventure, but I knew I wouldn’t be doing it alone. Several other college graduates from all over the country had gotten a position around the same time as me, and we would be going through this huge transition together. Now, I consider these people some of my closest friends.

After moving to Las Vegas, I learned many things, about myself, life in general and about living in Sin City.

1.  Use Moisturizer

This may not seem like an important lesson, but when you live out in the desert, it’s life or death (not really, but it feels like it sometimes!) Moisturizer becomes your best friend. Coming from humid Philadelphia, I never experienced dry heat quite like this. My skin, hair and lips were dry as a bone. Lots of moisturizer, conditioner and chapstick are the only way to survive!

2.  Keep Tab on Your Finances

It’s very easy to lose track of how much money you’re spending in Las Vegas. There are so many shows, activities and great places to eat that you just want to experience it all. Not to mention slot machines everywhere you go, including the supermarket! After going a little crazy trying to do everything my first month here, I realized I am going to be living in Las Vegas for several years. I don’t need to do everything right away and can space it out.

3.  Las Vegas Really is the Entertainment Capital of the World

Sure, Los Angeles has Hollywood, but in Las Vegas you have absurd amounts of megaclubs, restaurants, celebrities, shows and much more. You will never be sitting at home thinking, “there’s nothing fun to do tonight.” There is everything and anything.

4.  Celebrities Love Las Vegas

Before moving to Las Vegas, I had seen maybe three celebrities in my entire life. Obama once was outside my high school. As a person who loves celebrities and is a serious fangirl, moving to Las Vegas is a dream. In just eight short months, I’ve met at least ten (the most exciting was meeting Will Smith, my fellow Philadelphian, at Ghost Bar Day Club). Every weekend there is a new celebrity at a club, performing at one of the hotels, filming a movie or simply enjoying a vacation. I recently found out the Property Brothers live in Las Vegas and it’s become my goal to meet them.

5.  Take Everything as a Learning Experience

Accepting my first real job after graduating was both exciting and nerve-racking. Did I have the skills necessary? Did I study the right stuff in college? Would I do well? What I’ve come to see is that everything is a learning experience. I’ve grown so much as an employee, as a friend and as a person through my experiences working in a new city and living on my own. Sure, I’ve made a few mistakes, both in my professional and personal life, but I’ve learned and grown from those mistakes and become a better person as a result.

 

I’ve had so many amazing experiences from working at an international rugby tournament and working for Electric Daisy Carnival, after attending so many EDM festivals, to becoming friends with a baby alpaca and climbing to the top of a mountain. I wouldn’t give any of this up and look forward to all that is to come.

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-Lea Komitzky