My Semester in SoCal

My Semester in SoCal

The lowdown on classes, internships, and my adventures in the ICLA Program by Colleen Wormsley '13

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Yesterday, my friends and I were on a mission: to ride every ride at Disneyland and California Adventure. We woke up at the crack of dawn and made it to the park as soon the gates opened and strategically planned our day to hit all of our favorite Disney attractions. Here is a list of our top 5 favorite rides from yesterday:

5. The Little Mermaid- Ariel's Undersea Adventure
Ok, probably not what you were expecting, but I couldn't resist. The Little Mermaid is my all-time favorite Disney movie and this ride brings you through Ariel's story with impressive animatronics. Plus, I couldn't help singing along to all of the songs.

4. Mickey's Fun Wheel
I had never been on a ferris wheel quite like this one. Mickey's Wheel of Fun has carts that slide back and forth inside the spokes of the ferris wheel. It's definitely more thrilling than a typical ferris wheel.

3. Soarin'
Soarin' is a simulated hang glider ride with amazing views of California. It's really cool because there are even realistic smells!

2. Space Mountain
A Disney classic, Space Mountain is an indoor roller coaster that makes it feel like you're traveling through space. 

1. The Tower of Terror
As Ithaca College students it's only appropriate that our favorite ride was based off of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone. The Tower of Terror brings you into an episode of The Twilight Zone where lightening strikes The Hollywood Tower and everyone in the tower's elevator drops unexpectedly into the Twilight Zone.

In addition to the rides, we all loved the "World of Color Show" at night. The show uses fountains and lights to recreate scenes from all of our favorite Disney movies. It was so beautiful and we loved singing along to all of our favorite Disney songs!

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Griffith Park and Staples Center

Since I spend my weekdays taking classes and working at my internship, I always make sure to do as many things as I can on the weekend and enjoy all of the great things LA has to offer. This weekend was no exception.

On Saturday, a few of my friends and I decided to go for a hike at Griffith Park. Griffith Park is one of the largest urban parks in North America and is home to some great hiking trails, the Griffith Observatory, and the infamous Hollywood sign. 

We began our hike searching for the "Bat Cave" as seen in the 1960s version of the TV show Batman. Thanks to Google Earth we found it pretty quickly, and after a quick photo op we decided to continue our hike and visit the Griffith Observatory. The Griffith Observatory is located on top of Mount Hollywood and has some really interesting exhibits about space and science. However, I was personally more interested in the amazing views of the city and beautiful mountains that surrounded us. 

After a long day of hiking, we stopped at our favorite California chain: Yogurtland. My friends and I have all agreed that New York wins when it comes to bagels, doughnuts, pizza, and Chinese food, but California sure knows how to do frozen yogurt. 

Later that night, we met up with other ICLA friends at the Staples Center to watch the LA Kings take on the Calgary Flames. It was definitely a lot different from the last hockey game I went to over at Cornell! Even though the Kings lost the game, it was still a lot of fun and we even got to take a group photo on the ice after the game was over. 

I'm sure next weekend will be just as exciting since I'm spending it at the happiest place on earth... Disneyland! 

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Price is Right

I have to admit, I am a huge fan of The Price is Right. Every time I was sick in elementary school, I would look forward to staying home and watching Bob Barker while enjoying a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Fortunately, yesterday I was able to enjoy The Price is Right without being sick. 

Yesterday morning a group of 25 ICLA students headed to the Price is Right with hopes of winning big. However, before you even get to the studio, there is a long process that goes into being a contestant on The Price is Right that you don't see on TV. We started our morning bright and early at 8 a.m. and headed to the CBS lot sporting our "Drew is Gorges" t-shirts. After about an hour of waiting, we were let in to the lot and filled out the necessary paperwork, received our name tags, and waited a few more hours. Next, we went through the casting interview. Every audience member meets with a casting director with a group of 12 people and you have about 15 seconds to convince the casting director to choose you to be on the show. 

One Ithaca College student, Mike Ceccolini impressed the casting director and was chosen to "come on down" and bid on some fabulous prizes. Unfortunately, he didn't make it on the stage, but it was still fun and exciting to cheer for a fellow IC student.

In between games Drew Carey talked to the contestants in the audience and gave all the ICLA students hoping to make it in the entertainment industry some advice: "Make sure you work hard at your internships and always act like it's a job, even if you're getting coffee or lunches", Carey advised. "Employers will notice the people who work hard and that's the best way to work your way up in this industry."


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GOOD Project

After having a little over a week to adjust to a new city, it's kind of nice to be in a routine again. Last week I began my two internships and two classes. So far it seems like it will be a great semester! Here's the breakdown of how I'll be spending each week for the next few months:

Mondays- On Monday mornings I take the bus to Hollywood to my internship at GOOD. GOOD is a collaboration of individuals, businesses, and non-profits pushing the world forward. GOOD publishes a print magazine, online content, and hosts events for people who "give a damn." At GOOD, I'm a social media intern and I help create content and discussions for various parts of the website. 

Currently, I am working on creating projects for #30DaysofGood, an online challenge that encourages people to live better offline. This month's theme is Financial Fitness. To help others become more aware of their spending, I created a project that challenges people track their weekly spending and create an infographic. The project can be found here, and it would be awesome to see if any Parkies are up to the challenge!

Tuesdays- On Tuesdays I head to the Pendleton Center for my Writing for Public Relations class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Government in Media class from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both of my classes are really interesting and they're taught by professors who have been in the entertainment industry for a long time. It's also nice to have one day a week to run errands, catch up on homework, and go for a run in the beautiful sunshine between classes! 

Wednesdays- Wednesdays I'm back at GOOD. I love that every time I come back from my internship, my roommates ask, "How was your day?" and I respond, "It was GOOD."

Thursdays- On Thursdays I head over to West Hollywood for my internship at a small public relations agency called Sunshine Sachs. They work with a variety of different clients and I help create media lists and clips. 

Fridays- Fridays I'm back at Sunshine Sachs. 

Saturdays- Saturday is when we get to do the fun stuff! The lovely RAs and the Programs and Services Coordinator Jon, plan awesome trips for everyone in the ICLA program. This weekend we're going to Universal Studios and next weekend we're heading to Santa Monica to go to the beach!

Sundays- After a busy week, it's nice to have a low key Sunday to sleep in, work on homework, catch up on TV, or explore LA a little more. Last Sunday, a few of us from the program went to the Getty Museum. In addition to some amazing artwork, it definitely has the best views of the Los Angeles. 

I love how my schedule is so different from a typical college semester. I get to do something a little different each day of the week which definitely keeps it interesting!


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Teens for Jeans

Last summer I had the opportunity to intern in New York with, a non-profit that gives teens all the tools they need to “rock the causes they care about.” When my former boss from Do Something asked me if I wanted to volunteer at a kick-off party for their latest campaign, Teens for Jeans, I eagerly accepted.

Teens for Jeans is a campaign that encourages teenagers across the country to clean out their closet and drop off their gently used jeans at their local Aeropostalé store. All of the jeans are donated to local homeless shelters to help young people in need.

To kick off the campaign, Do Something hosted a party in West Hollywood where celebrities and local teenagers helped pack jeans to send to a homeless shelter in LA. Before the party started, I was given the honor of interviewing all of the celebrities for Do Something’s site. Some of the celebrities I interviewed were Kristen Bell, Julianne Hough from Dancing with the Stars, tween heartthrob Cody Simpson, Booboo Stewart from The Twilight Saga, and Brendan Robinson from ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. 

At first I was pretty nervous, but all of the celebrities I interviewed were very sweet and easy to talk to. It was really awesome because they all seemed genuinely passionate about the campaign and eager to help young people in need. 

Throughout the party, I also interviewed the local teenagers who came out to the event to help pack jeans. They were all so enthusiastic and excited about helping Do Something.

The Teens for Jeans Kick-Off was so much fun and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing event.  It just goes to show the opportunities that can come from internships importance of keeping in contact with your internship supervisors after you leave.

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