Living and learning on the Golden Coast

Biola University

Exciting, challenging and fun — that´s how I would summarize my experience during the past three years I´ve spent studying public relations at Biola University in Southern California. If you’re planning to visit schools this summer, here’s just a few reasons why you should include Biola and SoCal on the agenda.

True to Californian stereotype, I like to be active and outdoors. At Biola, I get to be just that. For me getting involved means running on the track team, interning in the marketing office, joining our PRSSA chapter and writing for our newspaper.

One of my favorite memories has been visiting a Tijuana orphanage in Mexico once a month to volunteer with some of my classmates. Biola is known for its event diversity, from poetry slams to cultural festivities to dance and lip-sync competitions. Whether you´re a jock, musician or aspiring filmmaker, options abound no matter where your passion lies.

Location, Location, Location

Straddling the border of Los Angeles and Orange County, Biola offers easy access to almost anything your heart could desire. If you enjoy the outdoors, you can spend the day catching some rays or waves at Huntington Beach, hiking in Malibu, kayaking at Newport or perusing the world-famous Santa Monica pier.

For the big city experience, try exploring all the excitement in downtown LA, visiting a renowned art museum like LACMA, window shopping on Rodeo Drive or dressing up to seek the stars in Hollywood. And, yes, I have run into quite a few of my favorite celebrities both by chance and with a bit of effort. (My girlfriends and I swooned over seeing James Marsden at the gas station once.)

Between rediscovering my inner kid at Disneyland and helping the homeless on Skid Row, studying at Biola has given me so many adventures I will never forget.

Jessica Airey is a senior at Biola University, a private Christian university located in the heart of Southern California with about 6,000 students. Biola offers over 145 graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 37 majors. Founded in 1908, Biola has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report on the list of best colleges as a national university for over 20 years.

Find Jessica on Twitter @jessicaairey and About.Me.