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Anne Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 1

I love USC. You know why? Because not only are there really cool things to do in this city, but there are so many amazing adventures you can go on in the states nearby! Being from New York, I’ve never really traveled around the west coast. In fact, the first time I’d been to California was when I came to visit USC. But this year, I’ve decided to explore as much as possible.

I am a member of Troy Camp, an awesome organization that provides after-school programming and tutoring to under-served youth in the surrounding Los Angeles Area. Troy Camp is great not only because of its mission but also because of the amazing people who are a part of this club. A few weeks ago, in the middle of October, a member of Troy Camp said she was flying home. This was no average trip though. She was going home to New Mexico for the Largest International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, and invited everyone to come with her!

Anne Hot Air Balloon FiestaAt first, I wasn’t sure if I should go because I had just returned from another road trip up to San Francisco for a two-day music festival! But how could I miss out on a hot air balloon fiesta?! This was a once in a lifetime opportunity, so I got in the car for the second weekend in a row with some friends and made the 12 hour drive to New Mexico. It was so worth it. This was one of the coolest experiences I’ve ever had. It felt so whimsical and magical to watch thousands of hot air balloons with different shapes, characters, and colors ascend into the sky. Sitting in a valley between huge mountain peaks with giant balloons over you is indescribable. And to be with people from USC who had the same adventurous spirit and willingness to have fun was unparalleled. We ended the weekend by watching fireworks over the mountains, and it couldn’t have been more fun.

But the adventure did not stop there. Merely a few weeks later, USC offered another opportunity for me to go adventuring with balloons. USC Adventure Lead, another great club on campus, subsidized trips for USC students to actually go on hot air balloon rides! My Troy Camp adventure group and a few friends from my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, jumped at this amazing opportunity. We signed up right away, and before I knew it, I was suspended over wine country in Temecula watching the sunrise!

Going to USC, I cannot believe my life. The opportunities are endless, the adventures are crazy, and my experience is unmatched by any. Believe me, when my friends check out my Facebook photos, they wish they went to USC. ☺Anne hot air ballooning 2

Anne hot air ballooning

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