I had never been to LA before, but spent my whole life dreaming of the experience. From the minute I landed on the west coast I knew it was going to be an eventful semester. The film culture in the city is unlike anything I have ever seen. Everywhere you look, there is something to do with the entertainment industry. The teachers in the SULA program will go through great efforts to make sure you have a memorable learning experience. Professor Bob Boden took me to the Director’s Reception at the Director’s Guild of America, where I got to meet many of my idols including Jonathan Nolan and the Duffer Brothers. I was able to have a lengthy conversation with them, where they shared advice through their own experiences. My number one lesson has been to utilize the resources of the program.