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Doing It Right: An LA Semester

Doing It Right: An LA Semester

Tips, tricks, and tribulations from a Cinema and Photography student's semester in Los Angeles

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Woah. It's hard to imagine that the semester is pretty much over... but I guess the fact that my stuff is packed up and my finals are over means it's true! So it must be time for grades then, yeah? Here we go!

The Pendleton Center: A-

The Pendleton Center is a cool place. It's near the apartments, it has a tiny kitchen with a coffee maker and vending machines, there's a DVD library, a media lab, a screening room, and all the teachers can be found there. It's a nice place to do work too if your apartment is too loud or anything. The minus though is for parking. You usually have to pay to park there and during the rainy season (which is pretty much all of November and December) it's a bit of a ways to walk without breaking the law and jaywalking. But overall, a pretty good job!


The walk from the Oakwoods to Pendleton on a cloudy morning.

The Oakwoods: B

The Oakwoods get a B, because they're average. It feels weird to live in such a big apartment building and I guess I've been spoiled living in the IC Circles for the past two years. The Oakwoods are exactly what you would expect from a Hollywood temporary apartment complex -- child actors running around, neighbors who are used to quiet, and creepy dudes outside your window on the balcony across from yours. It's a fine place to live but watch out: the garbage disposals tend to clog up.


Finally checking out of the Oakwood Apartments.

My Internship: A+

Maybe it was just me, but my internship experience was better than I could have ever imagined. And your future internship can be this good too! Keep in mind that the people you meet in college are going to be your friends out here. It was a recent alum who got me my internship and he's since been hired there too. But any internship can be good if you work your butt off. You're going to get exactly as much out of it as you put into it.


There were some very memorable moments at my internship...

The City of Los Angeles: B+

Now I'm not a city person at all. I come from a town with no stop lights and a brand new Dunkin' Donuts is the first chain store in the town ever. But LA isn't half bad. There's got plenty to do, from cool restaurants to scenic hikes and drives, but the downside is getting places. I guess, relatively, stuff is close together in LA. There are three grocery stores within 10 miles... but those drives can take you forever if you go when there's even a little traffic. My commute isn't long (luckily) but my roommates sometimes spend hours in the car on the way back from Santa Monica. Just keep in mind that travel isn't fun, but enjoy the rest of the city -- it's here for your enjoyment!

The ICLA Program's Total GPA for the semester: 3.5

Not bad for a program that's lead to plenty of successful careers (which you'll get to hear all about during Media Industries class) and was overall a fantastic experience. I wouldn't have traded any of it for anything else, and I'm sure future members of the program will be just as pleased with their time here if they know what they're looking for.

But that's all folks, thank you for your time and I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures in California... I can't wait to be back out here in (hopefully) just a few short months!



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