Everything You Need After Four Years of Syracuse
By Indica Young
I was extremely nervous about this semester. It was the first time I would be traveling across the country, first time I was going to be interning for a real production company, and it’s my last semester before graduating. I quickly learned I had nothing to be nervous about. Everything up to this point had prepared me perfectly, and it is quite amazing to go from four years of snowy Syracuse to the always sunny Los Angeles. Part of the reason I was nervous about this program was because I transferred into Newhouse my sophomore year and wasn’t familiar with any of the other students in the program. People were a thousand times nicer than I could have expected, and I am having a great time navigating Los Angeles with my roommates, Kay and Teresa. I have been honing in my cooking skills (something that desperately needed to be done) because the kitchen at Toluca Hills, as well as the rest of the apartment, is pretty nice. The apartment complex is huge, but its nice that most of the other students are within walking distance of our apartment. The absolute best part of our apartment is the view. We are on the third floor, and we have a balcony, so not only do we have a beautiful view of the city, but the balcony faces West so we get a spectacular sunset view every night. Another very exciting part of this semester are the classes. Not only are these my last classes of my undergrad career, but I get to take classes with these amazing professionals working here in LA. As apart of my capstone class I was already able to visit Netflix and CAA, and we still have many weeks to go. There is an endless amount of professionals to talk to and network with, and I don’t think I fully comprehended the amount of opportunity this program provides you with. I’m interning at Mike Mathis Productions and its nothing but a perfect experience because I get to participate in all phases of production, learning about every single step along the way. I am blessed to be getting a first hand look at how this industry operates before I graduate.