The past couple of weeks have been a blur of fun for me. To start off, I began spring break by celebrating my 21st birthday! To celebrate, a couple of my friends and I went to the Yardhouse at LA Live to enjoy some delicious food and drinks. As an added bonus, since my birthday fell over spring break, I got the entire week to continue to celebrate. The first weekend of spring break I went down to Hermosa Beach with one of my friends from my fraternity where I enjoyed the gorgeous sun and watched the surfers surf.

The view from Hermosa Beach

Then, we drove down to Newport Beach for a couple of days to hang out with some of our other brothers. Unfortunately, it was actually kind of cold!…if by cold you mean low 60s… But at least the sun was still out and helped alleviate some of the frigidness. After Newport Beach, I did what any recently-turned 21 year old hopes to do: I went to Las Vegas.

Viva Las Vegas!

Me and two of my friends drove down and stayed at the Hooters Casino and Resort. While the location was far from the hub of the strip, the cheapness of the rooms definitely made it worth it. During the day, we would relax by the pool, watch the start of March Madness, and do a little gambling. The first night, we roamed the strip and met up with some of our friends at The Mirage who happened to be there at the same time. The second night, we had a delicious dinner at Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Casino/Resort where we could watch the Bellagio Fountains go off as we ate. I also went to a club for the first time that was in the Bellagio. I had a blast both days and can’t wait to go back!

The view of the Bellagio fountains from our dinner at Paris

Coming back from spring break last week, it was fun to have some time to adapt to school work and not be instantly swamped. The best part was that this past Friday, I finally got to go out to Catalina with a group of students to start working on a solar installation project for the Wrigley Institute. I had never been to Catalina before and it was beautiful (see picture below)! We surveyed some possible areas to install solar panels, talked to the lab manger about what it would be used for, and got the numbers for the average energy used by the institute. We came back from the excursion excited to work on the project and looking forward to coming back to the island.

View of the Wrigley Institute and Catalina