Behind the Desk: New Beginnings in the Newsroom


I would have never imagined being the news editor for the Daily Trojan my freshman year — but here I am, spending over 25 hours per week on the fourth floor of the Student Union building. I love it here, probably because my co-editors actually laugh at my cheesy and dumb jokes. As one of […]

Exploring New Zealand with Me, Myself, and I


When I made the decision to study abroad, I was in — even knowing that none of my family or friends would be in the same country, or in my case the same hemisphere. I knew that even though I was bound to make some awesome new friends, it wouldn’t be the same as hanging […]

Around the World in L.A.


I headed out one night after a dinner in Persian restaurant Javan. It was late so I decided to call an Uber. The driver was a smiling elderly man. I shared a ride with a young woman who, like me, had just wrapped up a great evening. When I stepped into the Uber, I immediately […]

Explore Santa Monica


Santa Monica is one of those places you absolutely must visit when you’re in Los Angeles. With its beautiful sandy beaches, its retro pier and its large selection of restaurants and shopping areas, Santa Monica is a beachfront heaven for tourists, retirees, families and college students alike. I have lived in Santa Monica for three […]

With a Twist: Healthy Food Alternatives


  A lot of people ask me how I can survive without carbs, sugar or sweets. As a healthy eater, I choose to fuel my body with healthy food, but as mentioned before, this was not always my lifestyle. Admittedly, I loved to indulge in candy and carbs. However, once I started eating healthy, I […]

Instagrammable Eats: Brunch at Perch L.A.


As L.A. natives know, Sunday brunch should offer not only good food but a unique atmosphere to sip lattes or mimosas, catch up with friends and forget about our busy lives. Perch, the popular rooftop eatery, allows you to be a spectator of the L.A. skyline while enjoying your food in a charming historic building. […]

Show Me the Coffee: Copa Vida


On the corner of Raymond Avenue and Green Street in Pasadena, Copa Vida is much more than a typical coffeehouse. Rather, it is comprised of coffee and tea lovers with a resolute focus to serve the community. Three qualities exemplify Copa Vida: approachability, transparency and community. These humanistic qualities are not typically found in a […]

5 Best Brunch Spots In L.A.


Nowhere does brunch better than Los Angeles. There are countless brunch spots around the city with delicious food and a great atmosphere. Brunch is the reward we all need for sleeping in and skipping breakfast. There’s nothing better than waking up on a weekend morning and chowing down on a fresh, savory piece of avocado […]

Sunny Days on Catalina Island


As the weather gets warmer, we try to find more ways to have fun, and what better way to celebrate California’s beautiful climate than by going to the ocean? But maybe you’re bored of going to the same beaches over and over again. Maybe you’re looking for a fresh destination to visit. Santa Catalina Island, […]