I seriously can’t believe we only have a week and a half left in Los Angeles. Where did the time go? Between general insights from J McMerty, the Elon in LA program and the people in it, the public relations class with Brad Lemack, my internships with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and stylist, Kendrick Osorio, I have learned more this summer than I imagined possible. I had many firsts and new experiences. I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on a few of them:
- First time having a roommate – When I first got to LA, I faced one fear right away: meeting new people. I didn’t really know anyone coming out here, so when I arrived at the apartment late at night, everyone was asleep. I barely knew any one. Fortunately, Nneka was a fantastic “roomie” and I really had nothing to worry about.
- First time seeing a live taping – I got to see Jimmy Kimmel Live! with guest, Jessica Alba, Chelsea Lately, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. All were fantastic shows.
- First time getting a parking ticket – I think a handful of us have gotten a parking ticket once or twice since we have been out here. Let it be known the police do not let you off easy and the tickets are expensive!
- First time being completely independent – I thought moving to North Carolina for Elon was a big deal, but in reality it’s nothing compared to this experience. Taking a class, interning, and taking care of oneself (i.e figuring out each meal and actually cooking) is hard work!
- First time feeling like a true grown up – I relate this feeling to my internship that involves working as a personal assistant and eBay-extraordinaire for Kendrick Osorio. I feel like I’ve become his sidekick in several aspects. For example, I have hired a team of over eight interns for my boss, and unfortunately had to let a few go. Going through resumes and the interview process as the employer was a true learning experience (look for that blog about later).
I don’t feel like I have just completed internships this summer – given everything, from the responsibilities and expectations, to who I spoke with, to what I learned from each experience – I feel like this summer is an accurate glimpse at what my life could potentially be. It certainly makes me wonder about the future and what’s next.