5 Things I Miss About San Diego

5 Things I Miss About San Diego

Arguably the best city on Earth.

Going to school in San Diego was the best and worst thing that has ever happened to me. The best because I mean, it's San Diego. There's no other place like it. But the worst because whenever I'm not there I want to get back as fast as possible. But with school starting in about a month, I can practically feel the sand between my toes.

1. The Beach

I was never the biggest fan of the beach before I came to San Diego. I grew up in Southern California but had only been to the beach a handful of times. But beaches in San Diego are different. It's a good way to break up your weekly routine, spend some down time with your friends, study or just get some fresh air. Also, some of the best places to eat are in near the beach (I'm looking at you Kono's Cafe).

2. The Weather

With a year-round average of 70-75 degrees, San Diego's weather is absolutely beautiful. Especially since I live in the desert now. Yeah sometimes rains, sometimes it's grossly hot and humid, and sometimes its freezing cold. But the bad days are worth it when the daily high is 75 for a few weeks straight.

3. The Food

There are so many different places to eat in San Diego you can satisfy your cravings no matter what you want. Of course, the Mexican food is the winner here, especially when you have places like super authentic Tacos El Gordo and authentically gourmet Lucha Libre. But don't think that's all San Diego has to offer. You could get authentic Italian at one place, walk a few doors down and get a Thai tea to go. Craving samosas at 2 a.m. or stuffed grape leaves at noon? There's a place for that.

4. Trujillos

Even though I already covered food, Trujillos is so special it deserves its own category. As a student of SDSU, Trujillos is basically home away from home. Known for their California burritos and Greek-inspired meals, there's nothing else like Trujillos. No matter how broke I am, I can always scrounge up enough money to get a Sigma Chi. I love Trujillos so much I'll probably have them cater my wedding, my child's christening, and my funeral.

5. The Communities

San Diego has 52 distinct communities, within those communities are neighborhoods. Each neighborhood has its own distinct landscape and feel and make San Diego a "city of villages" of sorts. For example, North Park is super hipster and that's where you'll find a bunch of camera shops, consignment stores, and odd mom and pop shops. College Area is home to SDSU and City Heights is where you will find some of the best ethnic food. Gaslamp is filled with drunk 30 sometimes at night, and Little Italy is great for when you want to pretend you're fancy. Downtown beautiful at night but its so crowded it's almost not worth it but East Village gives you the downtown feel without all the people. You get the point. But what makes these neighborhoods so special is that going a few miles down the 8 or the 5 makes sit feel like you're in a whole new city and makes sure that you will never ever be bored of San Diego.

San Diego is my favorite place in the world to be. I couldn't imagine going to school anywhere else in the world. I'll be back soon so until then, stay classy San Diego.

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Dear Little Sis

Focus on yourself rather than boys.

Dear sis,

This is your first year of high school and you are about to be 15! I remember my 15th birthday like it was yesterday. Two years later I left for college and left high school behind. I wish I would have had some of this advice when I was your age. I would have slowed down and enjoyed my life, in the moment. I took for granted a lot of the small things around me. I hope you enjoy the life you are given because you only get one! So live it up.

Always search for volunteer opportunities. Helping others will help you become a more open-minded caring person. it builds character and will bring you happiness in ways I can not explain.

School matters more than you might think.

Every college has a certain grade point average, but you should always strive to get the best grades you can. Studying now will pay off in the long run. If I could give you any advice when it comes to school it is that learning multiple studying tips are very important.

Keep a small circle of friends. You watched me in high school so you know that it was always me, Brenda, Michaela, and Summer. I still talk to all of these girls today. One day you will be attending your first homecoming with your girlfriends then you blink and you are attending your senior year prom. You and your friends will fight from time-to-time, but they will be the ones to console you after a breakup or scream with you when you get into college.

Be nice to mom as much as you can.

Mom is the one who will drive you around until you finally can. Then when you can finally drive she will be always worried if you are okay and what you are doing. She will bend over backward trying to find a meal that you want to eat to make you happy. One day you will be in college and realize nobody cooks a pot roast or macaroni like she does. I always regret raising my voice and fighting with her, because all he wanted was the best for me. She will work her butt off to give you the things you want to be mindful the next time you get mad because you want the newest makeup or iPhone. Be grateful for the little things she does, because one day you will be eating ramen and calling her to ask what dryer sheets are.

Focus on yourself rather than boys.

I promise you the person you like at 14 will not matter to you by the time you graduate. At your age boys are immature and the most important thing to them is video games and what their friends think. Always have the confidence to tell yourself that you deserve better.

Get involved in extracurricular. This will allow you to meet so many people that might not be in the "circle" you run with. It is important you are accustomed to people that might be different than you. It is also great for you to be involved with your school so you have memories to cherish for years to come and comes with great opportunities.

Life is what you make it!!

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Back To Reality

Only six more weeks of school!

Unfortunately spring break has come to an end. Fortunately, the weeks that follow spring break before summer are some of the fastest you'll ever experience.

If you're a senior in high school, you'll be shocked to see how fast your last year of high school went by. Prom will be coming up, and you'll start to say your last goodbye's to people you've virtually spent your whole life with

Similarly, if you're a freshman in college, you won't believe that you graduated high school a year ago already.

Lastly, if you're a senior in college, get ready to be thrown into the real world real soon. The only way you can delay that is if you're leaving college just to go back to continue more school after (yay for higher education @MedStudents @LawStudents).

These weeks for college students will be filled with the middle round of exams, and then final exams. Finals will hit us like a bus as they always do, but at that point you have three months of not thinking about school once, what's better than that?

The weather will start to get warmer (hopefully.... @Syracuse), people will start to hang out more outside, and you can almost taste the freedom. You see the light at the end of the tunnel, if only you could get there sooner.

Once these weeks go by, I will enter my third year of college and no longer be an underclassmen. My big will graduate and it will just be my little and I in our sorority, and will (hopefully) be getting ready to study abroad.

Back to the reality that is school, it sucks that spring break is over. When you first get back, it's going to feel like the days are dragging and you just can't fathom how you're supposed to get through another six weeks of school.

As you get back into the rhythm of things, you see that March blends into April and once you're in April you realize finals exist again, and then next thing you know it it's May, you just finished your last exam, and you're moving out of school.

Another one gone, another year bites the dust.

The time between Spring Break and finals is actually my favorite. You feel the energy of your school go up because you're in the home stretch of finishing up for the year and everyone just seems happier. Even the chronically stressed take a step back and appreciate all the hard work they've done in the year.

Take these weeks with a grain of salt because before you know it it'll be over. Life goes on and time doesn't stop for anyone, so enjoy your time in the places that you are while you can!

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