The Random Ramblings of a Maniacal Train-Rider
By Ali Koskoris
The title doesn’t lie. I am currently on a train to San Diego. The impossibly blue ocean is on my left and the gorgeous rolling mountains are on my right. And here I am, alone with my computer, duffle bag, and crunchy M&Ms, reflecting upon life.
People will say many things about LA: the traffic is horrible, Hollywood is actually a small town, relationships are the most important thing, an internship will get your foot in the door, etc. All for the most part true, but here’s what I have to say: it will become a life full of routine unless you go out and do things and try things and take advantage of the fact that you are NOT a professional yet, but a curious student. Obviously, I’m here to learn and to try to step on the lowest rung of the ladder of my career, but there’s so much more to SULA than that.
Things I’d never done until coming here: write a blog (and I’m not talking about this one), go to the Upright Citizens Brigade, see a professional hockey game (or any hockey game for that matter), travel alone in CA, win tickets to a taping of Jimmy Kimmel, make mac and cheese from scratch. And that’s not that much. I have spent the last couple weekends in my apartment, catching up on sleep, and relaxing. That’s great and all, but we’re not here to chill in our apartments. That’s why I’m so glad I’m out of LA for a few days. Here’s my biggest piece of advice: GO OUT AND DO SOMETHING. There are so many things to do in LA, even if that just means travelling to somewhere outside of LA. And there are a lot of free things to do, too. It’s something I’m working on, and something I think everyone planning on doing SULA needs to focus on, because who knows when any of us will have the free time to take advantage of the opportunities we have now again?