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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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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Rod Serling Star

I can’t believe I’ve already been in Los Angeles for a few days. So much has happened already, but I’ll start from the beginning of my journey. 

As I stepped off the plane at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank on Saturday, I looked around and thought, “I’m definitely not in Ithaca anymore.” From the abundance of palm trees and mountains, to the beautiful, sunny 70-degree weather, it’s definitely quite a change from South Hill… but I’m not complaining.

After arriving at the airport, a group of Ithaca College students and I went to check in at the Oakwood Apartments, where we’ll be staying for the next 5 months. The rooms are huge and there’s a pool right next to our building, definitely an upgrade from the typical residential experience.

After a long day of traveling, we were all hungry and ventured to In-N-Out Burger, California’s favorite burger chain. It was a pretty long walk, but my cheeseburger and strawberry milkshake were definitely worth it.

The next day, a few of us decided to explore LA a little bit and took the bus to Hollywood. (It is possible to get around on the bus. I promise!) In typical tourist style, we visited the Hollywood Walk of Fame where we had to pay tribute to former Ithaca College professor Rod Serling’s star.

We also walked around The Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards and the American Idol finale as well as Grauman’s Chinese Theater where we let our inner nerds out and took pictures with the cast of Star Wars’ footprints.  

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Colleen in California

So before I tell you about my adventures in Los Angeles, I’ll tell you a little about myself. 

My name is Colleen Wormsley and I’m a junior Integrated Marketing Communications major with a minor in Spanish. I’m from Middletown, NY and this semester is my first time venturing to the West Coast.

While I’m out here, I’ll keep you updated on everything from internships, classes, and all of the cool things that Los Angeles has to offer!

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