Okay, I've given it some thought and I've decided that I want to apply for a Ph.D. program in sociology for next fall (2008). I really feel good about UCLA's program. It is a top-ranked program in the country, and I think I have a good shot at getting in. I plan on buckling down and figuring out my own research interests and those professors who might share them. In the meantime, I'm trying to get some perspective from people who currently live in Los Angeles. I'm probably more concerned about expenses than anything else. If I work a teaching assistantship, you think I'll have enough money to get by? Any parts of town I should avoid? How else would a "country boy" like me get accustomed to the big ol' city? Let me know.