Day Ten


And that’s all folks!

By: Connie Castilla

Today is almost two weeks after I left New York by train to Los Angeles. I had -– as always — too many bags. I arrived not quite sure what I would see in L.A. since I got mixed opinions from many friends. My primary reference was coming from “Clueless,” so you can imagine I wasn’t really prepared for L.A. I also didn’t really knew many of my classmates very well. Yes, I saw some of them walking around the School of Comm with cares and other stuff, but you can’t really call that “knowing a person,” even less a friendship. 

After all these days which for many of us felt like months because of all the meetings and activities, I’m happy to say that I not only connected with professionals and learned more about the industry, but also made new friends. I get to know my classmates personally, and discover the cool and special people they are. This is what life is supposed to be: taking adventures and finding new people along the way with whom you can cherish beautiful memories.

Tomorrow everyone is taking the flight home. I’m taking the train again. The trip is not over. The next destination: my last semester at Hofstra. I feel sad, but I try not to think much about it. I just go with the flow, enjoying every possible moment next to all the wonderful people I’ve met along my college life. 

L.A. is beautiful, and I know one of these days I’ll come back for more great memories and hard work is the industry. Hofstra gave me the opportunity to feel that I can be part of the storytelling community here, and I’m forever grateful for that.

There was a running feeling among the people we met: If you have a dream, go and make it happen. No matter where you have to go to make it real. Just go. Sometimes by plane, sometimes by train, just keep your mind in the destination, and your heart in the journey.

All set

By: Joe Gilberto

Today marked the tenth and final day of our trip, leading us to our last stops at Magical Elves and Sunshine Sachs. The day was bittersweet because although we got to see some wonderful companies, the dread of going home loomed over us the entire day. Still we held our heads up high and did our best to network with an amazing group of people.

We started the day at Magical Elves, a production company that has done amazing work in the unscripted field.  Some of their work include “Nailed It!,” “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” and “Braxton Family Values.” We met with Co-CEO Jo Sharon who was especially interesting to meet for me because she worked in development her entire career, an area I have great interest in. She talked of how she put together shows, brainstormed ideas, and was inspired by current events around her. She gave great advice, telling us that if you want to go into television, TV is your textbook and you should always know what is on the air.

Later that day we got to meet with Sunshine Sachs, which was especially cool considering one of my peers, Daniella, would be starting as a public relations assistant at their New York office as soon as she gets back.  Sunshine Sachs was really cool because their company took a stance, only representing people and projects that aligned with the visions and values. I respected their morals and their dedication to doing impactful work.

We finished off the night at the Hard Rock Cafe with a hearty meal. We celebrated, we reminisced, and we enjoyed our last night with each other. I have had the chance to network with an amazing group of people and I will truly miss them all.

Scream singing on the bus ride home

By: Aliyah Dinkins

Here we are folks, the last of the Hofstra in L.A. experience. What a wild ride it’s been. Between the 12-hour days, networking panels, bonding on the bus, visiting countless game changing companies, first-time experiences, and looking for Connie, this trip has been a blast. I feel like a changed person. My perspective has completely flipped. I understand now that everyone’s journey is singular and different, and during this journey it is important to realize that there is no one way to success. Each of us grow and experience success at different rates and times. As a result, comparing lives is futile. You are never too late, you receive lessons (and opportunities) when you are meant to receive them, and not any earlier. I have relationships on this trip that make me even more excited to get back to Hofstra and finish out my senior year strong. And the connections I made here in L.A. make me feel that much more confident in my eventual move from New York to California. 

This is an experience that I will remember for all time. I am extremely thankful for everyone who made personal sacrifices for this opportunity to exist. On our last bus ride back to Emerson College after being treated to a group dinner at the Hard Rock Café, my esteemed colleague Michael Vito Valentino exclaimed, “the future of the entertainment industry is on this bus,” and I couldn’t agree more. This has been a very unique movement in time for sure. Until we meet again… 

Onto the martini shot!

By: Kat Holm

Sadly, today was our last full day in beautiful, sunny L.A. We visited the company Magical Elves which I was excited for, knowing that my friend Linda Nafez had obtained a production assistant position from her visit to Magical Elves two years prior. Linda speaks very highly of the company and I was compelled to learn more since I am very interested in the camera operation on reality television. It was inspiring to hear Jo Sharon’s journey from her start at Magical Elves all the way up to her current position as co-CEO. The company is also extremely diverse and both of the current CEOs are female. I will definitely look out for any opening opportunities to work at Magical Elves.

We ended the last day of our trip at the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard. Jess and I got the famous Hard Rock Cafe souvenir cups. I think almost all of us had a sad realization as we finished our dinners: we are really going home tomorrow. So many of us connected with others who we had never spoken to before at Hofstra and felt heartbroken that we won’t get to explore L.A. anymore together. The 10 days of this trip flew by so quickly, it’s really hard to believe that tomorrow night we won’t be in the Emerson dorms. I strongly believe that tomorrow when I get home I’ll try to find my Emerson ID to get into my house! This trip has been wonderfully inspiring and I enjoyed every day of it. I think this is such a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is interested in working in the entertainment industry and now I’ve gained so many new connections on the west coast that the big move is much less terrifying to me. Good luck to the next year Hofstra in L.A. students!

The finale!

By: Michael Valentino

Without getting all emotional, I just really want to express how thankful I am to have been a part of this program. Ever since first coming to Hofstra, it has always been a goal to be a part of this trip and to finally have experienced it means a lot. I never would have imagined how eye-opening and beneficial “Hofstra in L.A.” would be. Let’s just say I have a lot of thinking to do when I go back home. 

We ended the program just as strong as we started it. Today, we met with Jo Sharon, the co-CEO of Magical Elves. She is just another example of how far Hofstra grads have come. We got to speak with her about all types of reality television and the different nuances that come with developing, pitching, and creating it. This meeting was extremely beneficial in explaining all the specific and necessary aspects that come with the creation of a reality show.  

I was most interested in understanding how hosts are chosen in these types of reality shows. I was surprised to learn that hosts are usually pulled on at many different points of development, ranging from beginning of development to after a show is greenlit for production. It also depends on who the talent is, if the talent is big enough, and if they can be packaged with the show, so that it has a better chance of being greenlit.

Overall, this trip has opened my eyes to so many aspects of the industry that I never knew existed. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with so many unbelievable people, and I am so excited to see what comes of it all.  

Sunsets

By: Joe Unda

Day ten has arrived. Each of the nine previous days have been unforgettable, and the trend continued today. 

Our first stop was at Magical Elves, where we sat down with Hofstra alumna Jo Sharon, co-CEO of the company. I really was intrigued by her team’s routine: brainstorm and produce shows to pitch and hand off to networks. This process in itself honestly sounded like a lot of just plain fun. She and her team do research on trends and what people are watching, and come together to share and build on ideas. I love this process, and Jo did an amazing job bringing us through it. They’ve made some amazing shows like “Nailed It,” “Top Chef,” and much more. I can’t wait to see what else Jo and the Magical Elves produce. 

We then made our way over to Sunshine Sachs, a PR agency. Lauren Asher, a senior account director, gave us an incredibly informational presentation about what they do and who they represent. This was yet another presentation less oriented with my career interests, yet it was still so intriguing. It’s amazing how much goes on behind the scenes of celebrities, films, companies, and so much more that Sunshine Sachs represents. 

The sun is setting on this 10-day L.A. escapade, and I can confidently say that this eye-opening experience really changed me and the way I look at things going forward. I feel more confident about where I want to be, what I want to do, and made some amazing friends along the way. This trip wouldn’t be what it was without the 18 other students, and the amazing, incredible Adria Marlowe, Dr. Gershon, and Professor Morosoff. Thank you all for everything. 

As I take on another six-hour plane ride tomorrow, I’ll be able to reflect, think about, and just be thankful for this experience.

It’s time to return from sunsets to the sunrise. See you again someday, L.A.

*Cue the waterworks*

By: Marissa Santorelli

Today was our final full day in L.A. We started off our day visiting ​the Magical Elves production company, followed by a trip to Sunshine Sachs. Both meetings were incredibly informative and it was great visiting two very different companies to get a little variety on our last day. We concluded our day with a “family dinner” at The Hard Rock Cafe.

Today seemed to pass in slow motion. At dinner, Professor Morosoff asked me why I was so quiet, especially because I spent most of the trip talking. Truth is, all day I have been reflecting on what a life-changing experience this has been. I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to travel across the country, with some of the most inspiring and talented people I know to dive head-first into my passions and see what this crazy industry has in store. I have learned more than I could ever put into words. This program has given me new experiences, has allowed me to expand my network, and has given me the platform to grow as a professional. However, most importantly, this trip has given me new connections and lifelong friendships.

These past 10 days have been some of the best days of my life. There wasn’t a single moment where I wasn’t smiling or laughing. This program gave me the opportunity to meet some of the greatest powerhouses of our industry; listening to their experiences and having them share their wisdom is absolutely irreplaceable. I made connections with alumni and professionals I wouldn’t have met otherwise, and I am so incredibly grateful. I thought I knew what I wanted to pursue, and then, this trip opened my eyes to so many new opportunities/paths that this industry holds.

For my final blog post: thank you to the incredible individuals who made this trip possible for me. Dean Luk, Dean Marlowe, Dr. Gershon, Professor Morosoff… from the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything. To my peers on the ​”Hofstra in L.A.“​ trip, thank you for making this a trip I will never forget. To my mom and dad, thank you for all of your love and support.

And to you, thanks for following along on this journey with me. Cue the waterworks.

So long, farewell…

By: Caroline Lea

Our final day started off with a meeting with Magical Elves. This is a meeting I have been looking forward to for the entire trip. Magical Elves is a production company that happens to develop and produce many reality shows seen across many networks and streaming services. Most important to me, they are the creators behind a number of Bravo shows including a lifelong favorite of mine, “Project Runway.” This meeting was clearly exciting for me, but also particularly interesting because this was the first time I had heard about the development process behind reality television shows. Scripted shows, generally speaking, start with a pilot, though they can be sent straight to series as well. However, I never knew if reality started with a pilot or not and if they didn’t, what was their starting point? Jo Sharon, an alumni and the co-CEO of Magical Elves, shared with us what goes into pitching and green-lighting a reality show. Instead of a pilot, character-based reality uses a proof of concept, where they shoot roughly 20 minutes of footage and use that as evidence of why the show would be successful on top of their pitch presentation that includes a season arc and character arcs. For a reality competition show, this is much more difficult. Usually, a show will go straight to series after a very thorough pitch with a layout of the season and the challenges contestants will compete in for each episode. Though sometimes, this isn’t quite enough and the team at Magical Elves must find talent to come in and participate in a proof of concept that will show how the show will go. This becomes particularly difficult when the competition element of a show spans an entire season of a show and not one episode, like “Project Runway.” That is also the reason why those shows tend to go straight to series more than they tend to require a proof of concept. Learning all of this was absolutely fascinating to me and such a high note to end the trip on.

Heading into our last day was also a little bit emotional. After having been here for what feels like both a day and a year at the same time, it’s safe to say we all had an incredible time in L.A. This trip definitely brought me closer to faculty I may not have known so well otherwise and, of course, other students. I cannot wait to get back to New York and tell all of my friends back there about our adventure and continue to hang out with the new friends I made on this trip!

Can’t wait to be back

By: Kalle Neuman

Listen, this trip changed my life. I’m not over-exaggerating, I can’t even wrap my mind around how incredible this trip to L.A. has been. This last day was an amazing ending to a perfect trip. Meeting with Jo from Magical Elves was so inspiring and encouraging. I loved hearing about her story and how she worked hard and earned her position as co-CEO. She also discussed how the Magical Elves company is very female-focused and how they have women in a lot of the positions of power which is amazing and inspiring. The meeting was awesome.

The meeting with Sunshine Sachs was also cool because I didn’t know a whole lot about public relations before this trip, and the meeting was very informative and helpful. It exposed me to part of the industry I hadn’t previously thought about.

I really need to take a minute to thank Dr. Gershon, Professor Morosoff, and Dean Marlowe for somehow letting me be a part of this incredible journey. I don’t have the words to thank them enough for giving me this opportunity, and I get emotional every time I think about how lucky I am to be here. This trip has really changed my life for the better and has given me so much inspiration and insight into this industry, and I owe them all so much for choosing me. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you all so much. This means more to me than you could ever know. “Hofstra in L.A.” 2020 will be something I remember for the rest of my life.

Fade out sound and pix

By: Heather Konefsky

Today was an extremely insightful and inspiring day. We met with Hofstra alumna Jo Sharon who is the co-CEO of Magical Elves. Before this trip, I had never heard of the company before, but I can definitely see myself working there one day. When I was looking up the company before this trip, I realized they produce a lot of content that I genuinely enjoy watching. Knowing this and seeing that the company is full of strong, powerful women really gave me hope for the future. Both of the co-CEOs are female, and Jo said that they have multiple other high-level employees who are female. I also never really considered a future in unscripted television because it always seemed too fake to me. Jo said Magical Elves never does that and they use only real content. They do try to get people to wait to do particular things, until a time when the cameras are on, but they do not set up false situations. Working on reality shows at a company like this is something I would now consider doing. 

Today was our last day of meetings, and I’m extremely sad it’s ending. The past 10 days have been long and tiring, but they’ve been extremely insightful. I’ve learned about jobs that I never knew existed, and I’ve reconsidered the classes I want to take during my senior year. This trip has opened my eyes to new aspects of the industry and has truly made me consider moving to L.A.

Last hurrah

By: Christina Morgana

Our lovely 10-day excursion to Los Angeles is unfortunately coming to a close. Today, I really enjoyed our meeting with Jo Sharon, the co-CEO of Magical Elves. The production company produces non-scripted content such as “Top Chef,” “Project Runway,” “Nailed It,” and “Sugar Rush.” While I watch a lot of reality/competition shows, I never considered working within this realm. At this time last year, Jo was the head of the development team, pitching show ideas and corresponding with the stars of her shows to advance the storylines. An interesting tidbit she shared about this genre is that occasionally, stars of reality shows will speak with Jo or her team about wanting to confront a friend or family member about an ongoing issue. When this is reported to them, they “schedule” the discussion on a said day so that the production team can capture it for the show. Jo’s point was that while some unscripted content is guided, a lot of the storylines are rooted in truth. Overall, I think her job is very interesting and a possible field I had never considered before. Perhaps I would go into development some day!

 As I have said repeatedly to my peers and the professors, this trip has really opened my eyes to many careers paths I never knew existed before. I had always known about the PA route for production, but I did not realize you could start as an assistant to move up the ranks in a particular company. I also learned about the specifics of positions within marketing and development from people whose majors did not align with their current field of work. Although this trip has confused me about 20 times, I have come to realize that I have so many options after I finish my time at Hofstra in a year-and-a-half. 

Don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry

By: Daniella Colletti

Day 10. We really made it, huh? I guess I can start off by saying how today was just another great day of meetings. Today, I got to visit the company I will be officially working for beginning this Tuesday (man, where does the time go?). I will begin working at Sunshine Sachs in NYC as a PR assistant and I’m so glad I got to learn a little more about the Los Angeles office. I enjoyed learning about how the L.A. office deals with many entertainment clients and events, but also stays true their values of doing social good.  

Just like that, my time in this incredible city has come to an end. I couldn’t be more thankful for every single experience I’ve had here in Los Angeles.  As this was a professional trip, I’m also insanely grateful for all of my fellow students that I’ve met on this trip, and for the fact that we became a family on this trip. We all always said that it’s crazy how close you can become with people when you live with each other for 10 days straight. I couldn’t have asked for a better group to make life-long friends with. I can’t wait to see us all excel in our entertainment professions and beyond.  

That being said, thank you Los Angeles for being everything I dreamed of and more. I hope to see you very soon again for my career. Ciao for now, L.A.

*don’t cry, don’t cry, don’t cry*

The last sunset in L.A.

By: Julia Farella

This morning we met with Hofstra grad Jo Sharon at Magical Elves production company who is now the co-ceo. After interning at Bravo Digital during my sophomore year, I have been extremely interested in getting involved in either the development or production of reality television. I learned so much about the development process of reality shows and the nitty gritty of the behind the scenes of production. But what was really amazing was to hear about the mostly female staff at Magical Elves. To hear about a company that holds a majority of female staff is almost unheard of in the industry. There is so much bias against women in the entertainment industry, it was so refreshing to see that there are two women CEOs and a majority staff of women at the company. It was so inspiring to hear how Ms. Sharon got to her position of power and how she works to empower those that work for Magical Elves. I hope that other workplaces, not only in entertainment, will follow the path of Ms. Sharon and Magical Elves and strive for inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Today was somewhat bittersweet as it was our last full day in L.A. Through this trip, I have made incredible friends that I will have for a lifetime and connections that will carry me through our career. To say this trip has changed my life is an understatement. I have grown not only in my worldview but as an adult in general. I no longer hold fear to venture out in the world and I know that I have friends back home in New Jersey, friends in New York, and new friends in California that will have my back. Goodbye, Los Angeles, I hope to see you again soon. 

The End

By: Emmeline Blaner

Sadly, today we had our final two meetings of the trip at Magical Elves and Sunshine Sachs. At Magical Elves, we met with one of the two CEOs of the company, Jo Sharon. Having worked at the company for over a decade, Ms. Sharon has risen up through the company to become one of the two heads of the company. The production company has created many reality TV hits such as “Project Runway,” “Top Chef,” “Nailed It,” and more.

This meeting was very exciting because I’ve been a fan of “Project Runway” for as long as I can remember. My mom, sister, and I have sat down and watched the show for years, and I even owned many of the fashion design drawing sets that they created. It was also inspiring to learn about a company that has many women in executive positions, which is exciting as a young woman starting my career in the TV/entertainment industry.

Like many of the people we met with, Ms. Sharon started as an assistant and suggested working for the people you aspire to be, so you can see if it’s really what you want to do. Her other big piece of advice is, “The TV is your textbook,” meaning to be able to pitch well you need and understanding of the content that is being pitched and created throughout the industry. She also touched upon proof of concepts, various types of programming such as “formats,” and the need for docusoaps to have story lines both overall and per individual character.

Throughout this week, I’ve learned that I don’t see myself going into development, which is helpful to guide me through my early career to focus on what it is I love most—production. 

Concluding L.A.

By: Jared Brown

Sadly, today was our last day of meetings, and we head back to New York tomorrow. Yes, today was the last day, but it did not disappoint. Our first stop of the day was Jo Sharon, who graduated Hofstra the year I was born, 1998. Sharon is the co-CEO of Magical Elves, which is a leading producer of award-winning media projects. To work in the development process, Sharon understands what is currently on television and streaming. In the discussion, we learned about the proof of concept and the pitching process. A seasonal arc explains to the networks what will happen in the season, whereas a personal seasonal arc is based on the character storyline in the season. In all, this meeting was quite eye-opening. It was interesting to see the amount of work that goes into pitching a project and how development and production collaborate in the process. 

Lastly, we went to Sunshine Sachs, which is a New York-based publicity company with an office in L.A. Ken Sunshine founded this company in New York after working in politics for a long time. His first clients were Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, and his business skyrocketed from there. Earned owned, shared, and paid media is used for promotion and social tracking. According to the two representatives we spoke with, the work they do involves tech, entertainment, business, lifestyle, and impact. The collaboration across departments leads to good publicity and social good. The company is highly selective about who their clients are, and they have a diversified list of clientele. In sum, we learned about entertainment publicity and the business model of Sunshine Sachs. 

This is going to sound cheesy but…

By: Kathryn Harley

Beginning this blog post for the very last time, I’m really not sure where to start. I guess I can begin with the fairly obvious: these past 10 days have had an immense impact on my life. If you would told me when we landed here that I would be saying that, I definitely wouldn’t believe you. Through I try to go into everything open-minded, I was dead set on the idea of living in New York after graduation. Much to my mother’s dismay, that now might not be the case.

My experiences throughout this trip enlightened me to just how many opportunities lay ahead. The future has always been so scary to me. But it isn’t very scary anymore. Suddenly, that fear is replaced with an itch, a longing, an excitement to explore what the future has to offer. For the first time in my life, I’ve realized that I really can do anything I want to. It’s up to me. I’ve felt trapped for most of my life, especially when it came to my professional future. Whenever someone asked me about what I planned to do after graduation, I would change the subject as quickly as I could as my chest tightened at the thought of having to map out the rest of my life so soon.

However, this experience has taught me that life doesn’t work that way. Life is weird. Life is messy. Life takes you in every direction possible. But all that matters is that throughout that weird, messy journey, is that you do what you love and work hard to make things that you only ever dreamed of a reality. As sappy and cheesy as it sounds, it’s true. I’ve learned more about myself, my career, and my outlook on life more in these ten days than I have in my 20 years. So now I’m going to acknowledge some people that made that possible.

First of all, Dean Marlowe, who we could not have survived without. Her attention to detail, hard work, and passion for helping all of us along this wild ride has changed all of us forever. Dr. Gershon, who admittedly intimated me upon first meeting. However, this trip has made me realize just how ridiculous that sounds. His humor, guidance, and impact on his students makes him one of my favorite members of the Hofstra community. Seriously, he’s even made me consider taking a TV class. Weird. Professor Morosoff, who was one of the first professors I ever had at Hofstra. Professor Morosoff is the person I have to thank for my career, because he’s the reason I found my passion for public relations. His guidance and encouragement has made me become more confident in myself, my work, and the direction of my future and for that, I’ll never be able to thank him enough.

Lastly, the wonderful people I’ve met on this trip, my fellow Hofstra students, most of whom I didn’t know before this trip. They’ve made me laugh, cry, and wonder….where’s Connie? Thank you all so much, I’m going to miss spending eighteen hours a day with you!

So just like that, it’s over. Though I’m pretty sad (if you couldn’t tell), I have the feeling this won’t be the last L.A. will be seeing of me. With that, goodnight, Los Angeles!

Soul searching

By: Penelope Lopez

The day has finally come where I write my last blog for this amazing Hofstra in L.A. trip and I am suddenly emotional. Where do I begin? From the moment we arrived to LAX airport I had a gut instinct that this experience will cultivate new networking opportunities with alumni and well-recognized individuals in the industry. What I did not expect was the new friendships that I made along the way. This invaluable professional adventure has, without a doubt, helped me narrow down my career choices and what routes I should approach pre and post grad. Additionally, this journey has undoubtedly taught me the ins and outs of this entertainment business. After finishing these 10 days of long and important meetings, I learned that networking is essential in this business, pitching strategic ideas will set you apart, stay true to yourself, and most importantly have a group of friends as support – this will go a long way. 

However, the most valuable piece of advice I learned on this ride is that having a support system is crucial. At times, I think we believe we can achieve our goals all on our own but the reality is we need a person or a group of individuals to lean on in times of need. One group of individuals that I would like to highlight are the pillars of this trip which are Adria, Professor Morosoff, and Professor Gershon who gave us the opportunity to follow our dreams and support us no matter what. All and all, I am very grateful, appreciative, and honored that a small girl from Uniondale, who had no financial means of going on this trip, actually had the chance of attending and making the most out of it. I will definitely repay you guys with my (hopefully) flourishing career. 

Thank you. It means more than you think. 

P.S. All of my photos in my blogs are black and white but I decided to add this photo in color to depict the professional self-growth and self-love I gathered throughout this journey. It would amazing if the person who is reading my blog takes a notice of this little detail and create their own journey of black and white photos and passes this tradition to the next person. 

And… that’s a wrap!

By: Jessica Zagacki

We have reached day 10, the last day of meetings and our last full day of our Hofstra in L.A. experience before we board the plane and head back to New York tomorrow. With the knowledge of this on my mind when I woke up this morning, today quickly grew into an emotional day for sure.

It began with an exciting visit to Magical Elves, the production company behind many hits, such as “Top Chef”, “Project Runway”, “Nailed It”, and many others. Growing up, “Top Chef” was one of my favorite shows. I used to watch it all the time with my mom. Needless to say, it was surreal to be able to sit in a conference room at this production company in a meeting with Co-CEO Jo Sharon. 

Ms. Sharon really resonated with me. When discussing her journey from Hofstra to get to where she is today, she voiced that she knew that she wanted to get into television but didn’t have any interest in working in the physical production itself. She realized she had an interest in television development and got involved with that instead. She even held leadership positions in the development department at Magical Elves before she was recently promoted to co-CEO of the company. As someone who is also currently more interested in the development side rather than the production side of the industry, I was fascinated by her background and experience.

However, perhaps my favorite part of the day, though, was our group dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe. This was our last group meal together on the trip. After dinner was over, and we were all taking pictures together and singing, I started to feel emotional. I stared at the group of people who, over the past week and a half, have become my Hofstra in L.A. family. A deep sense of sadness and nostalgia overcame me. I began to reflect on the trip as a whole. I began to reflect on the relationships I created and the bonds I strengthened on this trip, the memories of our time with all of the professionals we met, and the other adventures we went on throughout this trip. It was truly a fantastic experience. I learned so much about my industry and about myself, which is exactly what I wanted to achieve by going on this trip. I’m excited to take the memories and the knowledge with me back to New York as I finish my final semester as an undergrad at Hofstra and start the next chapter of my life. L.A., it’s been real. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. And…that’s a wrap!

Not a farewell, but a see you later

By: Paula Chirinos

It has been a bittersweet day. I am reflecting on a week and a half of networking, meetings, comedy shows, hiking, bumping into celebrities, amazing food and studio tours. If you asked me what I could expect from this trip over a week ago when I got off the plane from LAX, I wouldn’t have been able to describe this experience. As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I wish I could’ve met my classmates for this trip earlier in my college career. In a couple of days, I begin my final semester of school and I hope to keep in touch with the group. 

Now that classes are starting once again, I get to look forward to beginning my internship at the United Nations and applying for entry-level career options. Am I terrified? Yes!! I do, however, feel that this trip and the last four years have prepared me for this moment in my life. As I mentioned in my first blog post, my family came to the United States to create a bright future for my brother and me. Los Angeles has been a part of this emotional journey and I will always look back on this experience (even when I’m an elderly woman living in an alpaca farm in Peru-my final life goal) 

I am not too upset, though…I know I will definitely be back soon!