In this post we will be talking about what we as college athletes like to do when we have free time (which isn’t too often!).
In my (Alexa) free time when we are not practicing and are not at class or studying I love to go to the beach! Coming from New Jersey where I lived right by the beach (opposite coast) I needed to go to a school that was near a beach. What better place than San Diego right? If the weather does not permit, I also love to shop! My favorite places to go around San Diego are Fashion Valley, Pacific Beach and La Jolla. I love buying new clothes when my wallet allows me! Also something else I love doing is going grocery shopping! (I know so mom of me!) But really I love spending hours in Trader Joe’s picking out all my groceries for the week. For some reason it makes me VERY happy! Some of my favorite things to get are their shrimp, turkey meatballs, roasted garlic hummus, and chocolate milk! I usually start drinking it while shopping! Oops 🙂
Another thing I like to do is go out with friends to different restaurants and bars. Being 21 makes it super fun to explore and find new places to eat and drink. Each place has such a unique environment and feel. Some of my favorite places are Backyard, Lemonade, Herringbone and PB Ale House! If you get the chance PB Ale House has a great deal for taco Tuesday. 🙂
If you are not from the San Diego area, I’m sure their are things around your areas as well, such as cute coffee shops and quaint boutiques and other activities in the area. A good site to look that up is thrillist.
What I also find very refreshing is spending time with non athletes. Since athletics is such a huge part of my life it is nice to get away from that completely and get to know others that have different interests as me. I know this may sound weird but invite a classmate to coffee and get to know someone totally different than you. You never know you might have more in common than you expected:)
With Dance season basically being year round, it’s rare that I (Kelsey) have a lot of free time, but whenever some time opens up there’s a lot of things I love to do! Like Alexa, I love going to the beach. But living in San Diego, who doesn’t? It’s so fun being close enough to just get a few friends and lay in the sand or even grab food by the water, even if it’s just for a few hours. I also love to shop! When I don’t have a lot of free time, I still try to squeeze in a quick trip to Fashion Valley every once in a while.
I also love to be active, even though I’m working out a lot with Dance Team. I enjoy running or riding bikes by the beach and going on hikes. And even though I spend almost everyday dancing, I will never miss out on an opportunity to take a class somewhere or just improv (freestyle) with my friends! I love watching sports, so whenever I get a chance I try going to games or just watch them on TV. I’m a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Sacramento Kings.
Sometimes when I have free time all I want to do is be lazy and hang out with my friends. We’ll get food and watch movies or just hang out and talk. There’s never a dull moment with my friends so not matter what we are doing, it’s entertaining!
So while both of us are super busy with practices, games, and events we love taking advantage of any time we can to have some fun!