Between the start of classes, participating in my extracurriculars, and moving to LA, time to myself has definitely been in short supply. But despite living on protein bars and being constantly behind on my laundry, I was finally able to get on top of everything and get some free time to myself.

Ultimately, I decided to dust off my camera and do some photography on campus. With my mask and hand sanitizer all packed, I set off for campus. I wanted to take pics during golden hour, so I decided to drive to campus early and hang around. I set up shop at a nice table and did some homework to pass the time. All that was left to do was wait.

Finally, I looked up and saw a beautiful coat of orange enveloping the buildings around me. I quickly finished my last differential equation and began my hunt.

On a side note, I suggest that anyone who plans to visit campus right now downloads the Trojan Check app. After completing the Health, Hygiene, and Safety training on the Trojan Learn portal, getting a campus day pass during the pandemic becomes a lot easier. Of course, you have to bring your mask and complete the wellness survey every day that you want to visit. The app helped me get through the checkpoint with ease, especially since I had limited time to get the pictures I wanted.

Head on a swivel, I roamed the campus looking for the perfect shots. The emptiness of the campus made for some great shots and golden sunlight complimented the buildings’ red bricks beautifully. I took as many photos as I possibly could (knowingly full well I would have to sit at my desk for hours looking through them). Eventually, the sun disappeared over the horizon and my photography session expired. I finished packing my things and left the university to rest for the night.

Although Ferris Bueller might have me beat in terms of days off, my date night with USC allowed me to take a step back and enjoy myself. Especially with everything that is happening in the world, it’s important to take the time to step away from the computer and appreciate the little things. But for now, please enjoy my favorite pictures from my photography session with the most beautiful campus in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antonio Esteban

Antonio Esteban

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2023 HOMETOWN: Yorba Linda, California PRONOUNS: he/him/his INSTA: @awesteban At USC, I'm involved in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Association for Computing Machinery. Outside of Viterbi, you can find me marching with the Trojan Marching Band!

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