Pepperdine University sits in Malibu, California: 21 miles of scenic beauty I often take for granted.
When I am walking around outside or even driving to school in the morning, I hardly notice the beautiful features surrounding me.
My morning commute has the ocean on my right and rolling hills on my left. In the morning, I am often too busy thinking about the day ahead to appreciate the world around me.
My parents came to visit me here at school mid-October. While they were here, they consistently made comments about how gorgeous the sunset is, how calming the sounds of the ocean are and how lucky I am to live in this amazing place.
I am lucky to live in such an amazing place.
My friends and I at the beach enjoying the sunset. Photo by Hadley Biggs.
In Malibu, I get to surf whenever I want. I can take walks along the beach, or even bump into celebrities at the Malibu Country Mart.
Going to Pepperdine has made me immune to the incredible city that Malibu is.
I am always in a rush to do something, stuck indoors all day in classes or doing school work. When I am outside, I never stop and take the chance to take in the sunshine or the incredible views of the ocean. I never stop because I am preoccupied with class, schoolwork or people.
When I go back home to Arkansas, people are often surprised that I almost never go to the beach. They tell me that if they went to Pepperdine, they would never leave the beach.
Freshman year, I found time each week to go to the beach. Each trip to the beach was exciting. I was able to relax and feel the sun on my face, but as the years have progressed, the amount of trips to the beach went down.
This caused me to be less excited for the beach and more involved in the less relaxing aspects of life.
From here on out, I am going to take more beach trips and appreciate the city of Malibu.
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