Hi Mike, welcome to OCUX.org. Your fellow members here definitely have experience in the field and there are of course students as well - I hope you'll be able to meet some to discuss the various topics of the UX world.
User Experience professionals and students alike from the Orange County area. Discussions about the industry in general, feedback from fellow peers, speakers and mixer events. Very informal - Join us not just to learn, but to also spread your knowledge in this industry!