A Day In the Life

A Day In the Life

By Anna Hider

Class of 2014
Newhouse
Television, Radio and Film

After the initial excitement of learning about my acceptance to the LA Semester wore off, the stress set in. How was I going to have time for a full semester of classes, 20 hours a week of working at an internship, homework, a social life, plus time to eat and sleep?

Having been here for almost 3 months, I can safely say that my full schedule is jam-packed busy but totally do-able. To demonstrate, here’s a quick rundown of my typical Wednesday in the LA Semester:

7:15 a.m.- I wake up and immediately put on coffee so it’ll be ready as soon as I’m dressed. Getting through the day would be impossible without some caffeine to get me going!

8:00 a.m.- I leave for my internship, which is in Culver City. It’s a little bit of a trek, so I try and make sure I have a podcast or something to listen to while I drive.

9:00 a.m.- I arrive at my internship. I’m interning with an unscripted TV production company called 7Beyond Productions. My boss and the office assistant are Syracuse grads, which is pretty fun.

9:30 a.m.- Like most other interns, one of my jobs is to run errands as needed. It’s not as much of a pain as it sounds; I now know my way around Culver City pretty well now.

10 a.m.- Back from errands! One of the main things I do is help the casting director do research for potential show ideas, so I’ve been e-mailing different people and looking up all kinds of information. You get to learn a lot about all kinds of random topics, so it’s never dull!

3 p.m.- After helping the office assistant hang up a poster, it’s time for me to head out! I usually don’t take the highway back, and I get a pretty sweet view of the Hollywood sign on my way home.

4:00 p.m.- I get back to the apartment. I use the time in between my internship and class to finish homework, go to the grocery, get a snack, or relax. My schedule is a little a-typical; a lot of people intern 3 days a week until 5 or 6, but I like how my day works out.

5:30 p.m.- It’s time to leave for class! On Mondays, Wednesdays (like today) and Thursdays, I have class at 6 p.m. and on Thursday mornings I have class at 9 a.m. That means I don’t have class Tuesday and Friday nights and I don’t have my internship on Thursday. It all works out to 12 credit hours and a little over 20 hours of interning.

6 p.m.- Today everyone has the required SULA class with Robin Howard. We talk about how our internships are going, and there’s usually a guest speaker or, like today, a documentary to watch and discuss- popcorn is included!

8 p.m.- We get out a little early, so I grab some dinner and head home to finish my blog post, finish homework, watch some TV and get to bed.