Landing in LA and Just Taking Off
By Erika Zoffer
After the first few weeks of being in Las Angeles, all I can say is it’s good to be home. Spending my final semester finishing school and interning in the city and industry in which I want to work is a great start to my transition into the workforce. At the first SULA alumni event, I was fortunate enough to meet Punika Limpanudom, an alumna that decided to make the same decision for her final semester and was in my shoes last year. I found our conversation at the event to be incredibly reassuring and her clear excitement for me in our subsequent conversations to be really motivational. More and more, I see how my connections from SU and just being a part of the Newhouse community has introduced me to so many impressive people. My internship at Good Universe, where alumna Erin Westerman works, has already taught me more about the industry, allowing me to sit in on highly confidential executive meetings, an opportunity that is so rare for someone in my position. My employers have also challenged me, requiring me to pitch script coverage to executives who have actually wanted to hear my opinions and thoughts. Classes have also been great as my SU professors have not only been introducing us to high profile people in the industry—today I met Emmy Award Winner, Lou Dennig– but also plan on taking us on field trips to historic sites and major company headquarters in LA. I can’t wait to go to Netflix next week with Professor Ellman!