Long Islander in LA 

Jace Rodrigues
Jace Rodrigues

Coming from the East Coast, I didn’t know what to expect when it came to living in California.

First and foremost, I surely can say I’ve learned that gas over four dollars per gallon is normal here, that “freeway” is the only word used in place of “expressway” or “highway” and that the 90 degrees in October is quite possible!

While the city of LA is quite the opposite of New York, the opportunities are endless. I have been working as an artist management intern at Friends at Work since late September. Here, I am in an assistant-type role for a full-time artist manager and day-to-day manager.

Experiencing this internship in-office has made all the work so much more real. Since COVID, I haven’t had a chance to physically be where the action is, and I am finally getting to do that! As this is my last semester of college, I am taking advantage of the professional development the program has to offer by connecting with alumni, mentors and professors, and taking an in-person internship downtown.

I also have absolutely loved exploring West Hollywood, where my roommates and I are living!

Jace Rodrigues is a senior in the Bandier program at the Newhouse School.

LA, I appreciate you

Lexi Shrem
Lexi Shrem

I arrived in LA a little over a month ago to embark on my SULA semester journey.

One overwhelmingly common theme I have noticed during my first month here in LA is appreciation. The more time I have spent here, the more I feel I have adopted this quality many Californians seem to have: appreciation. I appreciate being outside. I appreciate the sun. I appreciate the abundance of food trucks. I appreciate heading to work sitting in awful LA traffic, blasting my music, observing the people around me and the nature around me.

This semester I am interning at Deep Cuts Music Publishing, where I assist with discovering new artists and pitching demos to record labels. I am also interning at Applause, a virtual concert streaming tech startup platform, where I book shows and strategize brand growth.

I appreciate each and every co-worker, professor, peer and stranger I have had the privilege of interacting with here in LA.

Lexi Shrem is a senior in the Bandier program at the Newhouse School.