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.