Growing up on the East Coast and then only having to travel an entire hour away to Syracuse, I knew that moving to LA for the semester was going to be a major adjustment. I’d lived in my sorority house for the last year, where meals were always prepared and my biggest complaint was that there were never enough cheerios. So, flying out to LA on my own and navigating the city on the first day was a little stressful, but everywhere I went, I started to realize how much I like it here. So, for those of you who have grown up cold and miserable on the East Coast, it might be worth it to venture out here. Ever since switching into the TRF program as a freshman, I really stressed over where I wanted to study “abroad”. However, I chose LA because I knew it would help me understand the professional world of the entertainment industry a little more, and it was a one-way ticket out of a Syracuse winter. While I may have channeled my inner Dione my first time on the free way, and I ran over a pole in a parking lot, I’m surprised as to how quickly I adjusted. The most important thing I’ve learned is that green doesn’t always mean go, especially with all of the traffic. You have to plan pretty far in advance to even go two miles, especially during rush hour(s), but it’s just something that you have to get used to. Classes here are absolutely fantastic: the professors are so helpful and they really make you feel like you’re in the real world, which as a second semester senior, is very helpful as I begin to think about the direction I want to go in after graduation. I was lucky enough to go on a shoot my first day working at the small production company I’m interning for, and I’ve really gotten to see all sides of production, which is something I didn’t anticipate. While I was a little disappointed at first that I wouldn’t be able to go to London or Florence, I’ve quickly realized what a different world that I’m in just across the country. I’ve fallen in love with LA, and been afforded opportunities I’d never dreamed of experiencing. I’ve gotten to sit in the front row of a Comedy Central show taping, been to the beaches at Malibu, seen a preserved sheep at the Broad Museum, and most importantly, saw Kylie Jenner, in full contour, and her lips, in person. So, whether it’s a beach, a hike, or a day filled with sightseeing and shopping, LA has exceeded my expectations and I’m excited for the months to come.