Participating in Project Discovery Hollywood program was the best summer ever and overall an amazing experience. The summer going into my junior year of high school I was looking for something to do that was not only going to be fun but let me explore my passion. Project Discovery Hollywood was both as it gives students who are nervous about beginning the college process a taste of what college will be like and learning the skills I needed to feel comfortable pursing filmmaking in college. The program allows students to live the life of a college student for the summer at UCLA, meeting new people, taking classes with real college professors and living in a college dorm.
My film production class was amazing! I learned so much that will help me when I go to college. We got to make our own short films which will help me stand out when applying to college. Outside of class, the Project Discovery staff always kept us entertained with different activities at night such as going to the Santa Monica Pier, The Grove, Universal City Walk, hitting up the gym at UCLA (John Wooden Center) with your friends or even bowling! On weekends, we got to visit Malibu, Venice Beach, The Getty and more! The staff were all amazing and so much fun. I loved that they were always around and participated in all the activities with us.
The Project Discovery Hollywood program impacted me in so many ways. It was a life-changing experience. I would say that it really prepared me for college and by getting to know UCLA so well, it gave me insight into what I am looking for in a college. Furthermore, I got the opportunity to explore my passion and learn new things. Most importantly, I made such great friendships with students I met and the staff who are so caring and love what they do. For all these reasons and more, I would recommend this program to anyone who is looking for not only a fun summer experience but an enriching one too!
By Taylor Cohen