Georgia Magazine - August 2013 - (Page 32)

From East to West and back again BY STEPHANIE BAKER L ike any teenager preparing for college, I was excited to make a new start. I looked for two things in my search—a private Christian school and one that wasn’t in Georgia. I had spent my whole life in Dalton, and by the time I was 18, I wanted to see the world. No college was too far away. So in August 2010, I packed my car and drove with my dad to Biola University in Los Angeles, Calif. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was a naive, Southern girl moving to a place where I knew no one, in a state I had visited once. My first welcome to Southern California was three lanes of senseless traffic and smoggy air. (Georgia had traffic jams—but usually due to an accident or road construction.) The air felt grimy, and I couldn’t see the stars at night. There were no fluffy, white clouds; most days, there were no clouds at all. In California, you know it is winter when it drizzles. As I went to classes and made friends, I became more comfortable in my new life away from Georgia. I also realized not all people are friendly or say, “y’all” endearingly. Californians are a strange breed, especially when it comes to food. They eat sushi and hummus and lots of salad. Even First-grader Stephanie Baker and teacher Earny Miller celebrate fall at Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Dalton. more shocking, most of my friends had never heard of Zaxby’s, Captain D’s or Cracker Barrel. Only the local students knew about Chick-fil-A because one had been built nearby a few years earlier. I often dragged my friends there so I could eat fried Got a Georgiamade product? Sell it to 1.3 million Georgia customers with an ad in GEORGIA Magazine’s Georgia Products Guide! Appearing in our November and December issues — just in time for holiday gift-giving! For a limited time Exp. 9/30/2013. 32 More online at To find out more, call our advertising representatives: Laurel George (404) 541-0628 or Laine Wood (770) 289-5700. Deadline for ad space reservations is Sept. 10. GEORGIA MAGAZINE

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2013

Georgia Magazine - August 2013
Georgia News
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Sweet Success
Tracking the Bottlenose Dolphins
Saving Wilma; Dolphin Facts
Around Georgia
While Visiting Lake Oconee
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
Second Helping: We All Scream for More Ice Cream!
More Snapshot Photos
Plant of the Month
August’s Online Trivia Contest
Georgia Grown Spotlight

Georgia Magazine - August 2013