As I embark on this semester’s adventure in Los Angeles, I have three goals for myself. They are: to become familiar with the city of LA, network as much as possible, and secure a plan for life after graduation in May. I am living in a new city, working at a major studio, taking classes, and trying to figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life. It is hectic, but I am truly learning how to manage my time and take care of new responsibilities.
Deciding to participate in the SULA Program my last semester of my senior year was a difficult decision for me. I wanted to enjoy my last moments with my friends on campus. However, as a TV Production major, I knew that I could not pass up this incredible opportunity. Because I had already studied abroad in Spain and wanted to complete my required courses before my last semester, Spring 2014 was the only semester that I could commit to the program. It was strange leaving my friends, but I recognize that the LA experience is invaluable. Furthermore, I’ve probably avoided one of the coldest winters at Syracuse University. It wasn’t hard to get used to the sunshine in LA, and commuting around the traffic-heavy city has certainly made me a better driver.
Overall, I have definitely enjoyed my time in the SULA program thus far. My internship at The Doctors TV Show furthers the development my skills with production. The producers that I work with have been extremely helpful and are determined to helping me get as much experience as possible. I was even afforded the opportunity to attend the Grammy’s Edition of Fashion Police on E! through networking. SULA is devoted to giving students as much exposure to the industry as possible. I met actor Jeff Garlin at a Syracuse University networking event, attended an exclusive informational event for Creative Artists Agency, and got to hear tips directly from film producer and executive, Peter Guber. Thank you SULA!