Five Ways to De-Stress this Spring Semester

Date: February 21, 2016 | Posted By: USDBLS

1. Hike to Success

As law students, we are unfortunately forced to be indoors far too much, whether we’re in class, in the library studying, or in an office at work (often with no windows). So, get outside as much as you can on the weekends! San Diego is full of beautiful hikes that will not only force you to take a break from the law, but will force you to remember that we live in an amazing city! For a hike on the easier side with beautiful beach views, head to Torrey Pines National Reserve. What’s great about Torrey Pines is you can make the hike as long or as short as you want as there are multiple different trails and directions you may take. My personal preference is to take the “beach trail” so you can walk along the beach as you head back to your car. For a bit more intense hike with steeper inclines, head to Cowles Mountain for gorgeous views that overlook Lake Murray. For a moderate hike, check out Iron Mountain in Poway. There, you’ll experience beautiful mountain views the entire way to the top of the mountain. For those that need puppy fixes, be prepared for cuteness overload as there is commonly many dogs climbing the mountain with you.

2. Happy Hour(s) after a Long Day

Whether you work downtown or not, downtown San Diego is crawling with fun and inexpensive happy hours for law students to enjoy! Spikes Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill and Bar has a daily happy hour from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. The brussel sprouts and the pistachio crusted brie are musts! You also can’t beat Spike’s happy hour drink prices—wind down after a long work day with a $3 margarita, a $5.50 glass of wine, or if its been a really long day, take advantage of the $2.50 fireball shots. The Gaslamp District is also full of great happy hours, such as Café 21 and La Puerta! Obviously, if you choose to take advantage of the happy hour drink specials, be sure to Uber, Lyft, or take the trolley!

3. Weekend Brews

One of the best ways to spend a Saturday is relaxing at Stone Brewery either in Point Loma or Escondido. This brewery (at both locations) has beautiful, serene outdoor areas where you can grab a beer, order some delicious food, and absorb some rays. For convenience, head to Ballast Tasting Room right down the street from USD and enjoy the delightful food trucks, which are typically there Wednesday to Sunday after 4p.m. (the food trucks for each day are usually posted on the Ballast Point Tasting Room’s website).

4. Running from the Law

San Diego has running trails for anyone, whether you’re looking for beautiful beach views or mountain views. For trail running close to campus, check out Tecolote Canyon, which has both flat areas and hills to make your run as easy or as hard as you want. Mission Trails is also a great area for trail running with multiple different trails for differing levels (check out their website for information regarding the different trails). For a stunning beach run, go to to Sunset Cliffs or run along Mission Beach.

5. Watch the Sunset #nofilterneeded

There’s no better way to wind down than sitting back and watching the sun set in beautiful San Diego. For the most picturesque sunset, check out Sunset cliffs in Ocean Beach. Although it can get a bit crowded, the views are absolutely worth it. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic, as you’ll see many people do. For a location closer to campus, head to Fiesta Island. You can drive your car right to the particular area you want to sit and enjoy the sunset. Although its beautiful to watch the sunset from inside your car, I recommend arriving 30 minutes before the sun sets with a blanket and some food.

Author: Samantha Lewis, a 2L Juris Doctor candidate at the University of San Diego School of Law.

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