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The La La Land of Possibility

Between growing up in the Albany, NY area and going to college at SU, I never had much opportunity to leave the Northeast, let alone the East Coast. I had dreamt of spending a semester in Los Angeles since my freshman year, and it’s still unbelievable to me that I’m here. Upon landing at LAX […]

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The Two Faces of Life in Los Angeles

Living in Los Angeles is somewhat of a mixed bag. On the one hand, everything feels just a little bit harder than it would be in other places. Drives are a little bit longer, price tags are a little bit higher and parking is a little bit more scarce. Everything takes just a little more […]

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The Art of Chilling

When I first got to Los Angeles in June, I thought this place was a fairy tale land, literally “la la land”. It was surreal; the weather, the food, the people, the nightlife, the access to anything you could ever want to pursue professionally, the access to anything you could ever want to pursue… period. […]

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Finding your place in California

“LA is a very defuse city,” the CEO of the LA Philharmonic, Simon Woods, shared this piece of wisdom with me three days after moving into the Oakwoods six weeks ago. ‘Defuse’ sums it up well: Revelations such that Hollywood is not downtown, that it can take anywhere between 50 minutes and two hours to […]

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A Month Into LA

Coming to LA for the very first time in my life, I was very unsure of what to expect. The opinions I kept receiving were mixed. On one hand, some people thought it was dirty and uninteresting. On the other, some people had the time of their lives in this city, and would kill to […]

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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in Vivian’s

It’s always difficult to find a place with both nice food and comfortable environment to enjoy lunch. However, when I opened Vivian’s door, I immediately realized, this is the place that I want. The front door is not conspicuous, however, there’s a large new world inside. Most tables are placed under trees and sunshades, which […]

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My LA Experience

There are so many fun and amazing things to do in LA! I would 100% recommend going to Abbot Kinney Blvd in Venice and just walk up and down the streets. They have an amazing vegan restaurant called Fala Bar, which has the best kale burger of all time! If you have a chance I […]

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Here and Now

Moving to Los Angeles—even for just one semester—was a big deal for me. Back in high school, I had wanted to go to college in LA before ultimately deciding to go to Syracuse; I even flew all the way out to California with my dad during my junior year of high school just so that […]

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I’m Telling You to Take a Hike

The world can be split into two camps when it comes to nature: those who see hiking as a glorified walk and those like me who find it to be a rewarding pastime. I’ve found that hiking in between tiring work days, classes, and meetings nourishes my mind, body and soul in ways a yoga […]

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A challenging exploration

As an international student, having internships in LA is a challenge as well as an exploration. In order to know more about the industry, I have two internships for the LA semester, one at an unscripted TV show production company and one at a film production company. Having two internships is definitely a challenge, but […]

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