Summer: Outdoor Activities

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Summer’s coming up. There’s a lot of cool things to do! Here are some options

Hiking
There’s tons of cool places to go hiking in and around LA. From anywhere as close as Griffith Park or all the way into Malibu, there’s places to explore. But what’s really cool is hiking where the waterfalls are. Click on the link for a list of really cool places to hike this summer.

Rentals
Bikes and segways and tricycles, oh my. And that’s not all. Roller skates, scooters, and skateboards too! There’s multiple rental places lining the beaches of LA. They’re great for a date or just to go spend some time with friends on the beach. The best part is that it’s pretty cheap too!

Beach Yoga
Beach yoga is a really great way to spend a few hours on the beach while also getting a little exercise in. With classes every week, you can pick and choose when you want to go. Just bring a yoga mat (or towel), make a donation, and spend a couple hours basking in yoga glory.

Parks
This one is obvious, but definitely not taken advantage of as much as it should. Parks are great! You can go on a run or a bike ride, do your daily workout, walk your cat, read a book, have a picnic, toss a frisbee, and so much more. It’s great for a change of scenery or just to get a few breaths of fresh air every once in a while. Parks are free, so really, why the heck not?

Parasailing
One really close place to go parasailing is right in our very own Marina Del Rey. It’s a lot of fun and fairly inexpensive for such a luxurious activity. If you’re not feeling the marina, try heading out to Malibu or Palm Springs.

Surfing
Surf lessons are ALL over the beaches of LA. You can get a beginner class, intermediate, advanced, and there’s even classes that aren’t classes at all, but just large groups of people who wanna catch some waves together. You don’t even need your own surfboard in this area, because there’s rentals everywhere!

See a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery
It’s like a drive in, but better and you can’t bring your car in. Bring blankets, low lying chairs, snacks, even alcohol (IF YOU’RE 21). There’s different showings every couple of weeks and tickets sell out fast, so plan in advance!

Free Outdoor Workouts
If you like to work out, take the sweat out of the gym and into the great outdoors. Venice and Santa Monica have great outdoor workout complexes. Complete with gymnastics rings, vaults, low bars, and more. You can even just bring a mat to do your abs, leg, and arm workouts too.

Best Summer Brands

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Summer’s coming up. Look out for some great summer brands! Here’s a few we think you’d like:

1. Rainbows

Get yourself a pair of rainbows. You’ll need them for the beach! It’s a hot California day all the time in LA, and many stories have bneen told about the verstality of Rainbows. I’ve heard of people who’ve worn the same pair of rainbows for over 5 years! They’re a bit expensive, but try to get them anyways, and you’ll find a shoe that conforms to your feet perfectly (after the blisters).

2. Birkenstocks

These are the cool new Rainbows. They’re easier to walk in. They’re more sturdy. And more importantly, they are part of the Bohemian craze that has swept the UCLA campus. Pick em up. You won’t regret it.

3. H&M

H&M has basically everything and anything you need for really cheap prices. This is the time to buy something and experiment. H&M has shoes, backpacks, bags, shirts, pants. If anything, go to ’em for a nice t-shirt.

Father’s Day

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Father’s Day. June 21, 2015. You got something for pops yet? If you haven’t, we suggest you get on it soon. Maybe get the guy a gift. Take him out for dinner. Who knows? This isn’t really a post about getting you to know what to get your dad. You know your dad better than we do. This is a reminder. This is a reminder that today is a day to celebrate the work he has done to raise you. Make it special.

Campus Mental Health Resources

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Mental health is a critically important issue that can sometimes slip the mind in the stressful, pressure-cooker environment of college. Fortunately there exists resources on campus that can help you through a tough time or whatever problems you may be facing. With finals coming, it is even more important to make sure your stress and mental health are under control.

Note: If you are thinking about hurting or killing yourself, please stop and call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The lifeline exists to connect individuals for 24/7 help with skilled, trained counselors in the area. There also exists a UCPD 24 hr dispatch line which can be reached at 310-825-1491.

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