On Wednesday night, June 26th, the four LAdies (yes!) of the bridge program went to the Los Angeles Dodgers Baseball game against the San Francisco Giants. We went to the game with our program directors Brittany, Jen, Adam, and J, as well as a bunch of J’s friends, Braelinn’s boyfriend Nick, and Brittany’s father too. As soon as we got to the game Justine, Sarah, and I bought LA Dodger baseball hats so that we could fit in with the crowd. One of the highlights of my night was being able to talk with Brittany’s dad about what it was like growing up in California. His demeanor was so welcoming and I learned a lot about the Dodgers that night thanks to him. Once the game got started I ordered my Dodger Dog and went to sit in my seat along with everyone else. From that point on there was a lot of cotton candy, cheering, participating in the wave, discarding peanut shells all over the ground, and laughing at the different things going on all around us. Another highlight was seeing two Elon undergrads on the Kiss Cam, watching the guy try and go in for it just for fun, and seeing him get denied by the Elon girl. It was entertaining to say the least! I am really glad I participated in this Elon Event and I can’t wait to go back again soon with some of my other friends living in Los Angeles.
Greetings from Los Angeles! Let me introduce myself. My name is Justine Vadini. I am an Elon Alum (that still feels weird to say!) and member of the 2013 Bridges program. Week one has been so many things—overwhelming, exciting, and exhilarating (literally just hiked a mountain and still a bit out of breath) to name a few.
But more than anything, my first week in Los Angeles has been downright hilarious. In the midst of all the fear that comes with graduating from college and moving to a new city, humor has been my constant companion.
My first night here I had the opportunity to see some really great Improv at The Groundlings Theatre. Then, a few days later, the Bridges crew supported Elon Alum Jay Light as he performed stand up at the world famous Laugh Factory. The next day I ran into Elon Alum and stand up comedian Grace Baldridge at a coffee shop in Hollywood—(she had me laughing so hard I was in tears). To top all this off, I was invited to go to The Comedy Store and see an incredible line up of 16 comedians perform from 9 PM to 2 AM on Friday night.
So, why am I telling you all of this? I promise it is not just to brag or say, ‘I’m having more fun than you!’
No, I am telling you because having a sense of humor, being able to laugh at yourself, and being able to stand up in front of people and talk about your dreams directly relates to something our panelists , Renee Faia, Monica Mancini and Kevin Knoblock stressed on Thursday evening: Fear is pointless.
Yes, we want to take our careers and ourselves seriously. We always want to be professional. But, if I have learned anything in my first week here, it’s that humor breeds resilience, and if we know we can get back up, we won’t be afraid to try.
To get you seriously laughing this week, here’s a piece from Tim Baltz of Second City. He’s one of Improv’s Top Ten Rising Stars:
Oh, and always remember the wise words of my personal favorite comedian, Bill Murray: “The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.”
The Elon University Student Professional Development Center is excited to announce the 2nd year of the bridges program. bridges is a 9-week program that runs from early June through early August for recent graduates interested in launching their careers in Los Angeles.
Participants in bridges also qualify for an academic internship that could lead to full-time employment. There is an on-site career advisor available the entire 9 weeks to assist with the job and internship search, including activities that will help students acclimate to the city and become part of a new community.
Moving to a new city can be intimidating, but thanks to the Elon bridges program and the transition strategies we’ve developed, our graduates are finding their way and settling in Los Angeles.
This past week, 8 recent graduates arrived in Los Angeles to begin their own bridges experience. Check back frequently for updates from our participants about transitioning to city life, networking with the community, starting their careers, and learning to thrive after college, both personally and professionally.