Farewell America! Read Leoni's final blog on interning in America

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Catch the final instalment of BUNACer Leoni’s blog. She reflects on her time in LA and lets us know which celebrities she spots in her final moments!

Before my return home my boss at work told me she was saving some big events for me to cover during my last week. The first one was the TCA for the CW channel. This involved the media gathering at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in the grand theatre and asking cast members from various shows questions. We were shown sneak previews of the new seasons of the shows and were given exclusive information. On my arrival I was shown to the courtyard for a buffet lunch, after which I went to the foyer to carry out some research on my computer. As I was deep in thought a few people walked by my table and I glanced up and saw, to my great surprise, Matt Le Blanc. I was in such shock I couldn’t move for at least ten minutes after!

The TCA itself was very insightful. The producers of the channel spoke to the audience about plans for the future of CW and then cast from Nikita, Hell Cats and Gossip Girl took to the stage during the day to answer questions. Amongst those who attended were Ashley Tisdale, Josh Schwartz (creator of the OC), Tom Welling and the beautiful Ed Westwick! I had the honour of personally interviewing Ashley and Ed and I have to say they are two of the loveliest people I have ever met, and were happy to answer questions and pose for photos. 

The same week I attended the Middle Men premiere which was held at Arclight in Hollywood. Luke Wilson and Selma Blair were two of the most exciting people I saw walk down the red carpet, and I was pleased to interview Stephanie Pratt again. I was even more pleased she remembered me because of my accent and we chatted about our love of Topshop! The carpet had a great buzz and everyone was really friendly and shared a few laughs!

My last event in Los Angeles was the ideal end to my summer in America. I was sent to the prestigious W hotel in Westwood for the Teen Choice Awards Gift Lounge. To my amazing surprise I was given a suitcase and told to go and shop! I was allowed to have my choice of all the goods on offer and picked up some amazing items! Of course I shared my new possessions with my flatmates and famil but it was a taste of the celebrity life and I loved it!

The great thing about this event was that the celebrities attending were very relaxed and more than willing to be interviewed. I spoke to Nikki Blonski, Sharni Vinson from Step Up 3D and some of the werewolves from Twilight including Alex Meraz. It was a beautiful sunny day and everyone was very friendly. It was a great opportunity to meet people and experience a day in the life of a celebrity.

My long journey back to the UK gave me time to reflect on my incredible summer. A part of me couldn’t believe it had happened, and another part was impressed at the hard work I had put into planning and researching for my time in America. It is important to remember that not every day is full of excitement and glamour, and that much of LA is just as laid back as any other city. For me, I definitely felt a connection to America, and this was the best thing to come out of my time away. I can honestly say I fell in love with LA and I would love to move there when I’m older. For those who want a memorable and amazing summer with opportunities beyond your imagination, apply for Work America. Do your research, speak to people who have done it before, use your contacts and, of course, have fun!

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