I’m one of the few people that has no interest in moving to LA after this semester is over. It’s just not my style. The prices are high, the traffic is terrible, parking is a nightmare, and a minimum wage job will not earn you enough for your own room in an apartment. Not everything is bad though, the best thing about LA is the weather, it’s sunny every day. The people tend to be nicer in general than back east, and you do have the opportunity to make some really good connections in the entertainment industry. Robin and Lauren do a great job of introducing you to alumni that have made it in the industry, and it’s very encouraging. As an older student, I have friends that moved out here 5 to 10 years ago that haven’t made it, and seeing these people, friends of mine, has been just as educational. There is a lot of depression and loneliness out here that is easily overlooked in your search to “make it.” These people won’t be at the alumni events or on the speaker panels, but they’re here. People who after 10 years of living out here are still just scraping by, crashing on friends couches for months at a time because they can’t afford an apartment. I’ve met up with friends that are struggling so badly that the best part of getting a temp writing gig or PAing on a shoot is looking forward to a free meal at the craft services table. People who yearn to go somewhere else, but feel trapped because they don’t want to lose the years they’ve invested here. LA can be a great opportunity for students, some people will have the best time of their lives here, but it’s not for everyone, and it’s not for me.