If you follow me on social media, you might have seen that I visited San Diego this past weekend. It was for a good friend’s wedding and I am so happy I made it down there to watch her say I do.
Actually, I might need to share some background on this to get a full scope of how special this trip was. I started my collegiate years at San Diego State. I loved it when I visited. It was beautiful and offered a diverse student body where I could meet all the new friends and branch out. I was excited to enter my first independent year of life, to make my mark in the world and learn more about it.
When I started school there though, I didn’t feel the same. It was of course jitters from the first time being away at home but there was something more. I felt like I wasn’t branching out like I wanted to. I was assigned the dorm across campus and far away from just about everything and everyone…except for all the kids who I already knew from the Bay Area. They all seemed to be in my dorm. Not joking 3 girls from my high school ended up in my floor with a couple others I knew from other local high schools. I think there was about 10 to 15 people in the huge dorm itself that I either went to high school with or had met through friends or activities from home prior to college.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone was great but I was 400 miles away from home and felt like I was still there. That might be comforting to some kids but it wasn’t what I was looking for in this experience. It simply wasn’t what I had in mind. The older me would know to roll with the punches. The younger me, didn’t like this.
I decided to rush and landed in a sorority with a large pledge class and a large chunk I knew from home too. Case in point: also wasn’t what I had in mind in terms of branching out. However, I stuck it out and the best part is, I did make good friends, they just all were from the South Bay like me. Most importantly, one of the girls who I met briefly my Senior Year of high school who went to a different school than I did and was on my floor had become a gift of a friend.
We only had that one year together where we were with each other every day but that bond stuck. We went through our adulthood introduction together and stuck beside each other as we managed our figuring out the kind of women we wanted to be in the next four years. We both took the classy route and forged a solid friendship that has lasted since. Even though we don’t see each other all the time, we always pick up where we left off.
So, it was so special watching her marry her love this weekend and I was so happy to be there and celebrate her.
However, in case you hadn’t figured it out, I transferred. I finished my education at Arizona State University. Their journalism program was amazing and I met a lot of new, wonderful friends there too, one of which who I will be in her wedding this summer! I have friends I get to have reunions with all over the country now (so yup, I made it happen and for sure branched out!) and I haven’t once regretted my decision. I loved the Cronkite program there and I even graduated early so I could do more theater and acting. However, I don’t regret San Diego either. It is so much a part of my journey and I’m grateful for it.
So all that jazz being said (sorry if I bored ya-that was a definite “me time” post there) it was the first time I had been back in a while. I have been to San Diego a few times since I left but I hadn’t been back to the school. This time I did. We stayed with my boyfriend’s Uncle Colin and his adorable girlfriend Dana who I love and we have vacationed with before…and they spoiled us rotten! Colin had a speech to make on campus for an event there so we went to watch him and it was trippy being back. And, like the best hosts ever, they let me drag them to this hole in the wall burrito place right off campus I used to be obsessed with. California burritos all day!
We also went down to Little Italy and had lunch, they took us beer tasting before the wedding (such a fun pre-game!) and we got to see some of the amazing breweries there like Ballast Point. We also went out to Pacific Beach with Jason’s cousin Christopher and his adorable girlfriend Randi and spent Sunday hiking Torrey Pines, eating burritos and having dinner with all the cousins.
We came home exhausted from all the fun and activity but fulfilled. I feel so incredibly grateful to have so many amazing people in my life.
So without further adieu, enjoy some of these stunning pictures I do. (Yes, some of San Diego kinda looks like Hawaii!) This was a great kickoff to the holidays! Enjoy your Turkey Days and remember to be grateful!