03/11/2012-The first official day of the LA immersion trip kicked off with a bang. At the start of the day every member of the group met up to have a quick breakfast composed of oj, muffins, fruits, and cereal courtesy of the Marriott hotel. From the Marriott hotel we took a long ride into Orange County where we went to the grounds of the PGA Toshiba classic to meet up with Jeff Purser, executive director of the Senior Professional Golf Association (PGA) charity golf tournament. Mr. Purser gave us a rundown of what it takes to run a PGA tour mainly the behind the scenes stuff he even went as far as giving us a tour of the media work that goes on during the game. Purser gave us a very warm, delicious bar b q treat at the end of his tour and handed each student a business card and a hearty smile to end his tour.
What was up next for the LA immersion crew was a trip to Dave and Busters. At Dave and Busters we watched the NCAA men’s March Madness bracket unfold. We watched Selection Sunday in style from a huge projection screen along with some tasty snacks from Dave and Busters. After the bracket was formed we chilled out and played some arcade games.
Finally the day came to a close with a tour of Hollywood led by Jason Veley, Professor Veley’s son. We had a bit of a suprise when Jason arrived, instead of only meeting Jason we got to meet his great family who assisted with the tour. The tour took us to some great places like, Grauman’s Chinese theater, Roosevelt Hotel, what use to be called the Kodak theater, the famous Hollywood sign, Highland mall, El Capitan theater, and the Hollywood walk of fame.
The first day of the immersion trip was great and left us students with a hunger for the next day to come even quicker. The best part of day one was a quote Mr. Purser left us students with. “The key to any sale in life is dig dig dig.”