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Los Angeles


The Best and the Worst Things about LA

As someone who grew up in the Midwest, I never dreamed that I would be able to spend a semester studying in Los Angeles. I’ve only been here for about a month, and I can already say that I’ve learned the pros and cons of living in the city of Angels. Pros: FOOD – The […]

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The Shift from the East to the West

Growing up in Connecticut, I have always imagined eventually moving to California once I graduated. I knew that I desired a career in the entertainment industry, that once I learned of the Syracuse University Los Angeles Program, I immediately applied. Now on my third week here, I have grasped the concept of Los Angeles being […]

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Heading to SULA? Take a road trip.

There’s a lot to see in the 2,600-plus miles between Syracuse and Los Angeles, and you may have no better opportunity (or excuse) to make an extended cross-country trek. There’s enough restaurants, diners, museums, parks, scenery, and much more along the way that there’s never a dull moment You’ll need about one week minimum, but […]

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Life in LA is a daunting, albeit stirring, sort of experience. It’s a vast and culturally diverse city that stretches and pulls for miles in every direction, patch-worked together and confined by only expansive mountain ranges to the east and the rolling ocean to the west. Every neighborhood is a shape shifter of that which […]

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The Land of Opportunity

In a span of only 2 months, Los Angeles and the SULA program has provided me with life changing experiences and opportunities. Within my first 2 weeks, I was an extra in a music video for 2 of my childhood idols, Israel Houston (my favorite gospel singer) and Adrianne Bailon (from The Cheetah Girls). To […]

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Professionals for Professors

When I was preparing for my SULA semester, I was so excited thinking about all the things to do in Los Angeles: beaches, museums, hiking, nightlife, movie premieres, etc. But something I almost forgot about was my classes! They took a back seat in my mind to all the exciting things LA has to offer. […]

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Take Risks, Make Memories

Have never been much of a risk taker. I like to think I am, but generally, I play it safe. Two semesters ago, a friend of mine introduced me to the Los Angeles semester. I thought it sounded great, and being a year in the future, I agreed to go. I don’t think he or […]

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A Typical Work Week as a SULA Student:

SULA is a very busy semester and before I came, I didn’t know how I would be able to fit interning, going to classes, eating, sleeping. seeing friends, etc. into one week. However, although it’s busy, it’s definitely doable. Here is what my past work week looked like in LA:   On Monday I had a pretty typical day at […]

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Janie Kahan’s Intern Survival Guide

Since starting my internship with DreamWorks Animation, I have learned so much about the industry. Use these tips to help navigate your own internship! Begin and end the day with a quick check in with your supervisor. Always ask “is there anything else I can do for you?” When you make a mistake, admit it. The sooner you […]

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It Just Goes to Show You Stuff

The other day, on my way back home from a long day at work, I was waiting at the bus stop when a man in a Freddy Krueger costume walked by and took a photo with a family, conversing with them in fluent French. As he walked away, a man approached riding what I at […]

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