Incredible memories in LA
By Melissa Clawges
L.A. Semester is something that I have been looking forward to ever since I knew that I was attending Syracuse. This is the first time I have been on the west coast, let alone Los Angeles, and I can honestly say that it really goes above and beyond all my expectations.
This was also the first time I have been on a plane since I was in third grade, so my adventure really started back in Pittsburgh. The winter storms were just starting to get bad and I luckily just made it before the series of cancellations. While on the plane, I began the process that would extend over the entire semester, networking. On my flight from Pittsburgh to Las Vegas, I sat next to a guy who was the costume designer for “The Goldbergs” and on my way from Las Vegas to Burbank I met an SU alum who had recently graduated and had done SULA as well. It was awesome getting to hear suggestions of places to go and things to see.
The semester got off to a quick start with orientation and I had the unique opportunity to start working right away. My first weekend in Los Angeles I worked at an event for DuJour Magazine and the next day I was at the Golden Globes. I saw a bunch of celebrities and I got to work on the red carpet. While the show was going on, I got to sit in the pressroom and watch the winners do their interviews. It was then when Bryan Cranston gave away the ending of Breaking Bad before I had the chance to watch it, and I also got to talk to Jon Voight, Michael Douglas, and Matthew McConaughey. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my semester.
I have had many other incredible experiences including touring Warner Bros, getting to listen to a great panel of SU alums at Sony Studios, attending a taping of “The Millers”, and getting to attend an Evening with CAA. I have also taken advantage of the awesome hiking, beaches, and eateries that surround this crazy city. We have only been here for a month and I have already experienced so much and there is only more to come. I can’t wait to make more incredible memories in the coming months.