For my spring break, I flew home to spend time with my family. I loved getting away from the bustle of Los Angeles for a little bit and enjoy life at a slower pace for a bit. Also, my birthday was the 22nd, so family drove up to Lake Tahoe for the weekend to celebrate in the snow!

When I got home on Saturday night, I went right to bed and slept in late on Sunday :). I went on a nice hike with my family and that night, my mom BBQ’ed up some chicken and tri-tip, which was delicious. For my birthday, I went shopping at the mall and bought some new dress shirts and business attire. Hopefully, I will end up having a job this summer, so I will have somewhere to wear all these fancy clothes to!

On Wednesday, I went out to lunch with my grandpa and enjoyed spending time with him and telling him about life as an engineering major. He was a professional engineer for over 40 years, so I enjoy talking to him about his experiences and learning about the outside world of engineering.

My dad and I always try to do some outdoor activity together over break, so on Thursday, we went on a 10 mile hike along the American River. The weather was great and I enjoyed getting some exercise and being outside of the city.

On my birthday, I went out to brunch with my family and I had a mimosa to celebrate my 21st birthday! Later that day, my family left the house and headed up to Lake Tahoe for a fun birthday weekend. My mom got a condo up in Squaw Valley and out our window, we could see the ski runs. It was so cool being within walking distance of the chair lifts!

On Saturday morning, I woke up early, and my dad, sister, and I headed up the mountain for a great day of skiing. It was nice in the morning, because it was not very busy and ski lift lines were non-existent. We went up my favorite chair first thing – Siberia Express. I like this chairlift because at the top, you get a great view of the snowy Sierras and Lake Tahoe. It was neat standing at the top and looking out in amazement. It was also an incredibly clear day, which just made it that much better.

It was somewhat icy in the morning, like usual, but by noon, the snow started to break up. We headed over to the Shirley Lake area and did some skiing on Granite Chief. After a great lunch at Gold Coast, we headed out again. When we go skiing, I am going to take full advantage of the WHOLE day, considering how expensive it is. Around 2:00, we headed over to KT-22, which was a good change of scenery and had some great snow. To finish off the day, we headed up Headwall Express, which has some of the hardest skiing on the mountain. It is not hard because of how steep it is, but because the slopes are not groomed, and you have to ski over moguls. This is pretty challenging, and I have to admit, I went fairly slowly (unlike this guy). After that, I was tired, so we headed down the mountain run back to the condo. That night, I had an AMAZING new york steak at Plumpjack Restaurant (I highly recommend it).

On Sunday, we headed out and I flew back to Los Angeles that night. I had an amazing spring break, with downhill skiing being the highlight, obviously… I enjoyed getting some time off, and am now counting down the days until summer!




I am a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering, with a biochemical emphasis. I am originally from Sacramento, CA. I am in the USC Marching Band enjoy playing playing trombone. I also enjoy hiking and road biking.