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ELA students move in, practice driving

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Dylan Knight '15 moves into Emerson Los Angeles with his sister, Shannon, and mother, Louise, the weekend of January 10. (Photo by Daryl Paranada)

Students attending Emerson College Los Angeles for the Spring 2015 semester moved into their new West Coast home on January 10 and 11. The weekend was marked by unusually cloudy and rainy weather, but that didn’t stop families from enjoying the sights of Southern California and the ELA building—where 195 students will reside.

“It’s cool. There are a lot of palm trees,” said Mike Lown ’15, a Visual and Media Arts major who grew up in Atlanta. “I wanted to be here for the learning opportunities and to experience West Coast culture.”

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Mike Lown '15 and Alex Dishal '15 hang out in the cafe at Emerson Los Angeles during Spring 2015 move-in weekend. (Photo by Daryl Paranada)

For some students, move-in weekend was an excuse to have a quick family vacation. Dylan Knight ’15 and his mother, Louise, and sister, Shannon, flew into San Diego from Boston to visit family for a few days before driving up to Los Angeles. Like many other families, the Knights made a Target run, spending about $150 on bedding, towels, toiletries, and a trash can.

“The move-in was pretty smooth and easy. I didn’t have much stuff,” said Knight, a Visual and Media Arts major.

One big purchase he and his family made before moving into the building: a 2008 Crown Victoria that was once a police patrol car. Knight practiced driving around Southern California a few days before moving.

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The former police car purchased by Dylan Knight '15. (Courtesy Photo)

“Some people drive like idiots on the road, but my car’s a giant,” said Knight. “I think driving here will be fun.”

Dylan’s mother, Shannon, said that it would be a bit strange to go back home to Boston without him, but that LA was where he needed to be to jump-start his career.

“It gives us an excuse to visit California,” she said.

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Emerson Los Angeles students move in using the facility's underground parking garage the weekend of January 10. (Photo by Daryl Paranada)

Like Knight, many students found move-in day to be quite seamless. For some students, moving to LA was like coming home. Ann Regano ’15, a Visual and Media Arts major, lived in LA for a year while attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. 

“I’m excited to come back,” said Regano, a San Diego native. “I like being at ELA because it’s in the heart of what I have a passion for.”

Asked whether she had advice for students who are experiencing Los Angeles for the first time, Regano said to get used to sitting in your car.

“You will have to drive everywhere,” said Regano. “Be prepared to sit in traffic.” 

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