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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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A Dream Come True

SULA is a wonderful program and I’m very blessed for the opportunities I’ve been given. This is everything I’ve ever wanted out of the Film Program at SU and its been delivered in spades. I’ve gotten to do all sorts of wonderful and amazing things – biking, hiking, going to film premieres/screenings, award shows, and festivals. […]

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GO OUT TO EAT! LA FOOD RECS

I really love going out to eat in LA. I’ve left thinking “I would go back here” from almost every establishment I’ve been to so far. There’s food for every price range, occasion, culture, diet and limit to your comfort zone. Here’s a quick run-down on some of my favorites so far. Don’t forget to […]

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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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