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UCLA student makes a brand new start of it in old L.A.

UCLA student makes a brand new start of it in old L.A.

L.A. Affairs chronicles the current dating scene in and around Los Angeles. If you have comments or a true story to tell, email us at home@latimes.com. We pay $300 a column. The summer before last, I registered to attend UCLA, resigning myself to a four-year sentence of living in Los Angeles. Amid cheery classmates headed to the East Coast or Berkeley, I skipped high school graduation and prom, sulking and throwing myself into a full-time summer job at a Santa Monica sushi restaurant. Los Angeles has always been my home, but I had come to hate it here, with all my painful memories of growing up in Culver City as an awkward kid lacking any sense of social grace. I longed for New York...

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