From my time here I can confidently say that I believe every Syracuse student who wants to go into entertainment should do this semester. It should be mandatory for TRF and Music Industry students. Additionally, this is my final semester and I am so glad I am spending it here. While I do miss my friends back on campus, I am creating connections that I can draw upon after graduation in May and I feel much more prepared for post grad life. Los Angeles is where everything happens and if you think you want a career in entertainment, you need to do this semester. I have made a point to connect with as many alumni and people in the music as I can while I’m here. The Syracuse networking events have been a great way to meet people in music. Through one I’ve met with Andrew Beyda, an SU alum working as a lawyer at Universal Music Publishing Group. He invited me to UMPG and gave me a tour. Through the same event, I also met with Amanda Tufeld, at SONGS Music Publishing, about her career and we are going to reconnect at South By Southwest later this year. One of the big highlights for me was getting to meet with CAA Partner, music executive, and Syracuse alumni, Rob Light. He spoke to us at CAA for an hour, but it felt like we were there for a full day because of how much I learned from him. He is immensely wise and I am so thankful he took the time to speak to us. I haven’t even touched on my classes yet, which I think speaks to the depth of the program. The classes are excellent and the professors all currently work in the field. We’ve had writers for Stranger Things and How I Met Your Mother come into our screenwriting class, the creator of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Gilligan’s Island, and Chopped into our TV Nation class, and actors from Once Upon a Time into our acting class. The amount of perspective and exposure from the industry has been incredible and I am very glad to be here.