One of the coolest things about going to USC is the proximity to all of the amazing things the city of LA has to offer.  Now that I have my car, I am free to explore all of these places on my own time.  This weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to take a break from studying (my last midterm was today!), and visit some of these places.

On Thursday night, the first night of my weekend (yes, it is possible to not have Friday class as an Engineer!), a friend and I went over to Santa Monica after class to walk along the pier, have dinner, and walk on the beach!  It was a little chilly on Thursday, so we didn’t swim, but it was still nice to walk around and hang out on the beach.  Santa Monica is a really fun area because there are tons of shops and restaurants, and there’s an awesome sea breeze!  After Santa Monica we came back downtown to The Pantry for a midnight breakfast treat!

On Saturday night, I made a pit stop in Westwood (yes, it’s the city where that other LA school is located…) for Diddy Riese Cookies!  I’m a huge fan of dessert, and Diddy Riese cookies are possibly the best cookies in the world.  They make fresh cookies every day, but the best part is that you get to pick two flavors of cookies and a flavor of ice cream and make ice cream sandwiches – and it only costs $1.75!  I had peanut butter cookies with strawberry ice cream (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it), and of course, it was delicious!  After dessert, naturally we had to have dinner, so we stopped through the drive-thru at In-N-Out. Definitely worth stepping foot in UCLA territory.

If that doesn’t look absolutely delicious, I don’t know what does…

Taking a couple of nights to explore LA was a really fun way to celebrate a lot of hard work, and a nice break from studying!  I’m really glad I go to school in a place that has a lot more to offer than outstanding academics.  I really think USC is the best of both worlds: you get an amazing experience both on campus and off campus!

Samantha Kaplan-2015

Samantha Kaplan-2015

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!