The Leap of Faith

The Leap of Faith

By Timothy Wright

I distinctly remember getting ready to apply for the Los Angeles program last spring.  Something about just hearing “Los Angeles” was so magical.  Perfect weather, perfect culture, perfect place for my career.  I had this notion that the second I landed in Los Angeles, everything would fall right into place, but it has not been that easy.  While Syracuse made me book smart, Los Angeles is making me become street smart.  In some senses, I mean literally street smart, as I am very much a new driver and these freeways are a nightmare.  In other senses, I am learning how to become more independent.  Not having the crutch of mom’s cooking or a dining hall to feed myself is quite a trial.  Making new friends is also a challenge.  Having built every relationship and memory not only in a different city, but a different coast, makes you really appreciate those people.  Now, you are back at square one, and this is not the easiest city to socialize in.  Finally, we have the professional aspect.  This is my first time having an internship.  Figuring out the dynamic of a pre-existing company culture while also making a name for yourself is a tricky balancing act that I am trying to learn.  The past few weeks have been a rather rude awakening, but one I desperately needed.  Once the last bit of shock wears off, I think I can find myself socially, academically, and professionally.  While part of me wishes I stayed in my comfort zone in Syracuse, the other part of me keeps ringing the following quote over and over in my head:

“When it feels smart to jump, that is exactly when you jump.  Otherwise, you end up staying in the same place your whole life.  And that, I can’t do.”