One of the reasons that attracted me to USC was how well balanced the students are here. I always describe USC to people as the All-American college with great academics, great sports, great spirit, and great social life. This perfect balance of a bit of everything is what makes the USC college experience unique. Living in the City of Angels, SC students’ weekends here are filled with excitement. If I’m not trapped by homework, study, or group project, here’s what I usually do on weekends and other free-time if you are ever looking for outing ideas…
Knott’s Berry Farm theme park – Knott’s Berry is about 40 minutes away from USC and students can purchase tickets at a discount from the ticketing office. In addition, there’s also Disneyland and Magic Mountain Six Flags about an hour away and discount tickets are also available.
Go Downtown with your friends and check out different ethic restaurants (and bars if you’re of age)! The picture above is from Octopus on 7th Street and we shared a fried Twinkie ice cream dessert. The one below is from Drago Central, a very hip and delicious Italian place on Flower.
During the month of September, the LA County Fair happens annually in Pomona. There is a USC day where the Trojan Marching Band will play and all USC students are granted free admission!
Fall Pep rally occurs during USC-UCLA rivalry week. Go support your Trojans! During the entire week leading up to the weekend football game, there are also other spirit events like Conquest so be sure to check it out at least once as a Trojan!
USC game day tailgates are definitely not to be missed! Why? B/c you never know who you will run into… including this guy.
Before you leave the game, make sure to make a picture of the in front of the Coliseum for your photo collection!
Aside from USC sporting events, the Staples Center is less than two miles away so check it out if you’re a basketball lover.
But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you can go to a local gun shooting range and practice some rounds (and take a bada** picture like this for bragging rights).
The best part of Los Angeles is definitely the beautiful all-year round weather so take advantage of this and go on a hike. It’s a cheap, fun, and healthy way to spend a day with friends or do it as an activity for group bonding or retreat.
If hiking is not your thing, there’s always the beach that you can hit up to work on your tan.
Last but not least, a personal favorite of mine is to play with cats as a way to de-stress from school. You can sign up with local shelters to volunteer one-time or on a regular basis and just play with kittens. Or you may even join USC clubs like PAWS and attend adoption events and shelter visits with fellow animal lovers!
No matter who you are, you can always find something fun and exciting to do. Just make sure to find enough time to do everything while you are here and enjoy all aspects of the college experience!