Follow Me For A Week
Monday nights are Karaoke night! Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a LOT going on in L.A. and a lot of excellent singers. I’m not one of them, but it’s a lot of fun to hang out with a bunch of amazing singers. I compete with some of my other friends around L.A. in a karaoke league. Last season, we were runners-up!
I love my UCLA classmates, but I also find that sometimes it’s nice to get away from the UCLA bubble. So Tuesday nights generally are game night, with some friends I just met over the last couple years. They’re all in different fields, working “real” jobs, so it’s pretty refreshing. Plus, I usually win (no big) so that’s cool. Settlers of Catan is a standard, but recently we’ve been branching out to Power Grid, the Game of Thrones board game, and a ton of others.
The weekends vary so much from week to week that it’s almost impossible to give a summary of what I do. The thing I love about L.A. is that you can do something different every single day. But around this time of year, it’s great weather for hiking in Malibu (about 30 minutes away) or Pasadena, if you want to go east (about 45 minutes). The beach is also a ~10 minute drive or bus ride away. The other great thing about Saturdays, at least in the Fall, is that it’s UCLA Football game day! I didn’t go to an undergrad with a big sports presence, so it’s been a lot of fun experiencing that at UCLA by tailgating and just hanging out at the Rose Bowl. Highly recommend trying it out at least once! These random activites are some of the great benefits of going to a place like UCLA.
The only thing different about Sunday compared to Saturday is that I may go into lab for a couple hours to feed my cells and prepare tests to analyze them on Monday morning. I like going in in the morning to get it done so I can enjoy my day, and if I go early enough, I can make it to brunch! My favorite place is an outdoor patio restaurant in Santa Monica overlooking the ocean, for obvious reasons. In a few months, I’m hoping to spend at least a few weekends in Mammoth or Big Bear for skiing. I also have several friends in San Francisco, which is a 1 hour flight or 5 hour drive away, so once every couple months I go up there to visit for the weekend. If I’m around L.A., at night I’ll usually go to dinner or out to a movie, or watch Walking Dead/Game of Thrones/Netflix at home with my roommate. It’s also a good time for a spontaneous game night with some Neuroscience classmates!