The Wonderful Life in San Diego

San Diego’s quality of life is unbeatable. To me, it feels like we live where most people vacation. The year-round sunshine, 70 miles of coastline, amazing food, various exhibitions and outdoor activities are what San Diego is all about. Join me on a quick tour around some of the most well-known city features.


MBA Students posing in front of the Hodad’s bus in Ocean Beach, CA

First stop – La Jolla Cove

La Jolla

Beautiful La Jolla Cove

This stop is considered to be the most beautiful beach in San Diego, due to the fabulous stretch of wildlife preserve with crystal clear water. Whenever I visit it’s like an escape to a magical place. But honestly, in San Diego you may find much more than pristine coastline: riding a bike in Mission Beach, surfing in Pacific Beach, or gathering a group of friends for a bonfire on Ocean Beach, all of these are accessible within 20 minutes of campus!

Second stop – Balboa Park


Entrance to Balboa Park’s Botanical Garden


Amanda’s yoga in the park class

Balboa Park is one of my favorite spots in San Diego. With art galleries, botanical gardens, the famous San Diego Zoo, and more than a dozen museums, it provides an outstanding place for both friends and family. I usually like to do yoga in the park on a sunny Sunday morning. It is such a relaxing oasis of a big green park within the city. You can image how amazing the experience is: connecting with your inner thoughts and the earth, while listening to the sounds of nature!

Third stop – Ballast Point

San Diego is home to nearly 100 breweries and has been called “The Craft Beer Capital of America.” Ballast Point Brewery is among the most famous, and is just across the street of our campus. Ballast brews are a perfect balance of taste and aroma. It always such a great time to have a cold drink with your peers after studying hard for midterms or final exams.

Fourth stop – USD After Hours

Being a Torero means you have ample opportunities to join exciting activities on-campus. The school sometimes builds an amusement park on campus with various food vendors, or sets up a huge stage for an outdoor music festival. All these are free and open to all the faculty and students!

Fifth stop – Global and local case competitions


MBA Students building their professional skills at a case competition

As an MBA candidate at USD, the program provides lots of opportunities for students to build our professional network with local and global expertise across various industries. It is a very valuable experience to join a case competition to enhance your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.

Sixth stop – Downtown San Diego

In San Diego, you can enjoy the nightlife as you would in any other major city. Gaslamp Quarter is a playground for grown-ups. It’s easy to find chic bars, restaurants, live music venues, and lounges on nearly every corner.

Last stop – Carlsbad Flower Fields


The Flower Fields located in Carlsbad, CA

If you have explored all the aforementioned options, there is even more natural beauty just a short drive away. You can take a road trip to Los Angeles, go skiing in Bear Park, or see the beautiful flower fields at Carlsbad all within two hours driving of San Diego.

Post submitted by Amanda (Hong) Gao, second-year MBA candidate in the Full-Time MBA Program.  Prior to USD Amanda worked as Sales and Marketing Manager for Hong Kong Airlines in Beijing, China.

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