My Year Abroad

My Year Abroad

By Coco Rodale

Early on, in my college career, I realized that study abroad was the thing for me. I have spent five weeks in Italy learning about neorealism and a semester is Prague making 35mm films at FAMU.

These opportunities were life changing, Prague especially. There I learned so much about myself and who I want to be. It was in the Czech republic that I realized that I no longer wanted to be a cinematographer but a Assistant Director and Production Manager on sets that travel.

Now, being in LA, I get to learn how I can accomplish that goal.

I have been dreaming of living in LA since I was in high school and now that I am here, I realize it is everything I imagined and more… but also nothing like I imagined.

LA has the perfect, warm weather everyday and since I work on the Warner Brother’s Lot I run into celebrities on almost a daily basis. I don’t even mind the traffic that much because it gives me time to listen to all the new music that I am being introduced to while I am here.

My most recent adventure was volunteering at the Malibu Triathlon. A friend and I woke up at 2:30 am to be there at 4:30am. From there we spent the time taking pictures of all the athletes and events that were happing. I even got to meet my long time crush, Chase Crawford, aka Nate Archibald!

While I have spent my weekends at the beach, met amazing people and eaten delicious meals, I realize LA is not just this perfect place of happiness.

Going to school and interning is hard. Everyday I wake up at 6:45am and get home between 6-9:30pm. At work I am walking around all day getting coffee for this person and delivering mail to another then staying up late to finish my homework for the next day. I have my struggles with my intern coordinator who doesn’t seem to have the same definition of “little task” as I do and trying to remember everyone’s name is harder than it seems.

I guess being here is a wake up call to what real life is going to be. Full of responsibilities and mess ups that you have to fess up to.

That doesn’t mean I hate it. I love it here and I know that when I get a job and get into the rhythm of things it will be great. And hey, even on it’s worst day here… It is better then negative degrees weather and snow up to my neck!