California is known for its good weather, great surf and we can’t forget Hollywood. California Lutheran University (CLU) is not far from all the action that Los Angeles has to offer.
The first thing that crossed my mind when arriving at CLU was did I make the right decision? Will I like this school? What are the people like? It was an overwhelming thought that was quickly forgotten about once I embraced the experience.
The campus is small and the students are friendly. It didn’t take me long to get into the American ‘’college’’ life. Attending the school NFL college ball games is really fun and the students are really in to it getting dressed up in the CLU colours. With weekly events put on around campus it was not hard to make friends and there is always something to do. The weekends are a great time for exploring whether it be visiting a theatre in downtown Los Angeles, checking out Hollywood, surfing at Malibu or hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, there is always something to keep you busy. Joining the adventure club was a great idea as they are always doing fun out doors stuff like, camping, rock climbing and paddle boarding. The campus also has a gym, pool, football stadium, soccer field and even a Starbucks.
CLU offers some great classes for Communications students such as, TV and Cinema production and several acting classes. Although I am an Environmental Science student I took some of these classes as electives and it was a lot of fun. If you want to get experience it the film industry, then CLU is nice and close to Hollywood!
Being a study abroad student at CLU has been amazing and I will never forget it. Everyone has welcomed me as their own and they can’t get enough of my Australian accent which I feel has become a mash up of Australian / American.
It’s true what they say about everything being bigger in the United States, food portions, cars, mountains and soft drinks at McDonalds but I am not complaining. If you make it to California someday you have to try an ‘’In and Out’’ burger they are all the rage. Studying abroad is the best decision I have ever made!