I’m not going to sit here and type out all the reasons LA is great because to be honest, you’ve probably heard most of them already and will continue to hear them. Weather – amazing (minus some rainy days, but hey, anything beats feet of snow). Traffic – sucks. People – generally pretty friendly and those in the industry are almost always willing to talk to you about it. With that out of the way, here are some tips.
For a driving city, people aren’t very good at it. But don’t get intimidated. You will get used to driving here and as long as you pay attention, it won’t be as bad as you think. Plus you’ll get to listen to A LOT of new music while you’re stuck in traffic. Which leads to my second tip, always look on the bright side. It’s raining? At least it’s still 60 degrees and not snowing. You sit at your internship and answer phones all day? I guarantee you everyone else in that office did that when they were younger too. Plus you will have time to go around and get to know the people in the office. Showing you can answer phones and transfer calls leads them to giving you more responsibility. Tip 3, nothing is meaningless. If your internship tells you to do something that you find completely pointless (yes, it will happen many times), just do it. And do it to the best of your ability because I promise you, it looks good on you and they know that you will always do your best job. That’s a good quality in this industry. Tip 4, there is so much to do in LA and you could probably spend each day doing something new and never run out of things to do while you’re here. I would highly recommend some of the great hiking, great beaches and great food. Even with that being said though, don’t feel bad when after a 12 hour day you just want to stay in the house all day. Completely acceptable and something I have done many times.
Overall, my biggest tip is to just have a blast and meet people. This city is amazing. It definitely isn’t for everyone but I love it here. The SULA program has been the best decision I’ve made at Syracuse so far and you will have a great time even if you don’t end up wanting to stay here forever.