By Stella Yuen
Part of In Their Own Words, USC Rossier’s series of student blog posts
Life in Los Angeles is difficult to navigate. Between going to work, attending class, and completing my reading and projects as a graduate student, how am I supposed to enjoy the food, art, beauty and culture of L.A.? Solution: study at the beach. During my second visit to Venice Beach, I fell in love with it even more.
As a native San Franciscan, I could never imagine going to a beach, let alone swimming at one. Venice proved that even at the beach, plunging into the water isn’t the only thing to do. With live music, bike/rollerblade lanes, restaurants and cute shops, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. I, on the other hand, brought my books and a towel and sat myself right in front of the water and studied. With the gorgeous water just right there, studying was difficult, but I managed to read an article for one of my classes before I headed into the water. Shockingly, the water was not cold. Yes, I yelped a little bit, but after having a splash fight with my roommates, I warmed up to the water quickly.
Soft, warm sand under my feet, sun shining, water gleaming…it’s a perfect get-away even when we have to study. I just wonder how soon I can return.
Stella Yuen is a first-year graduate student studying Higher Education Counseling who hopes to become a career counselor. Originally from San Mateo, CA, she received her bachelors in Business Management from San Diego State University. Stella loves to travel, and especially enjoyed the time she spent studying abroad in South Korea and Hong Kong. She also loves to discover new places to eat, and is proud of her elite status on Yelp.