A Midwestern Take on California

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Coming from a small town just outside of Chicago, I’m not really used to being surrounded by things like mountains and oceans. When I came to USC, I made it my goal to see as much of California as I could. My freshman year I had the opportunity to explore so many cool places in California, and these are just …

USC by Accident, Trojan by Choice

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Hi folks!  When you finally settle on a college, everyone will undoubtably ask you why you chose your school. When I first was accepted to USC, I didn’t have an answer to this question. Slowly but surely, however, USC won me over and I could not be happier to be a Trojan. I was not a Trojan fan from the start. …

Spring Break: Resting, Catching Up, and Looking Forward

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Hi everyone! Last week was Spring Break, and it was much needed to rest, get ahead on some homework, and do some preparations for the summer.  Don’t worry though – even the work I did was pretty fun! First, I took some time to get ahead on homework.  I read Ovid’s Metamorphoses for my Classical Mythology class, which was full of …

Hiking Around LA!

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As a person who grew up in Colorado, I definitely fit the stereotype: I absolutely love the outdoors! And hiking especially is one of my favorite things to do.  Although I was excited to come to school in Los Angeles, I was nervous I wasn’t going to get to spend enough time in nature. However, LA has pleasantly surprised me and …

The Great Outdoors and SC Outfitters

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As someone from Colorado, I grew up hiking and camping all my life. I absolutely love the outdoors and have continued to go out hiking and camping as much as possible in college. Although our campus is gorgeous, it’s nice to get away from city life and get some fresh natural air. Getting to hiking trails and camp spots can …

Dawn Mine Hike!

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As I’ve mentioned before, I absolutely love hiking so this past weekend my boyfriend and I went on a exciting hike only 30 minutes from campus! The trail was located in Millard Canyon in the Angeles National Forest, right near by Altadena, CA. Dawn Mine, the destination at the end of the trail, was a gold mine that was used …

Hiking Around Los Angeles

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Happy Monday! As I said last week, I’m going to talk about my hiking adventures around Los Angeles. Since the weather here is basically always perfect, hiking is a popular activity around here. You’ve probably heard of the Hollywood Sign hike, but if not, check out this blog to find out more! I’m going to talk about some less common …

Hiking in LA: Runyon Canyon

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Hiking is one of my favorite things to do to clear my head and luckily Runyon Canyon is super close to USC. You can get to Runyon Canyon by either taking the metro to West Hollywood or it’s a 15 minute drive. There are a bunch of different trails in the canyon but my favorite is the 3-mile loop that …

Hiking through Los Angeles

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Over spring break last year, I chose not to leave Los Angeles and instead decided to spend the week exploring the city in which I studied. My father flew out from California to join me and, using the Birnkrant residence hall as our home base, visited tourist sites throughout Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Beverly …

Take a hike!… Up to the Hollywood Sign.

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This summer has been a very fun and productive one. Working as an intern at Northrop Grumman has been the paramount of happenings since an internship is technically a 3 month long interview where you have to be prompt, productive, work hard, and, ultimately, show the company you are worth the investment.  However, to unwind I have been going to …