It all started (very early) this past Saturday morning. I left sweet home Chicago for a semester-long journey in a breathtaking, and much warmer city, San Francisco! As I mention in my About section, I am participating in the Digital Innovation Program through my school, Miami University. It's what inspired me to launch this blog in the first place. It is through this program that I will jump into the deep end of the startup world.
So there I was, moving into a beautiful home near Alamo Square with a small group from my school. We've been embracing every moment of this adventure. When I arrived on Saturday, it was only seconds before I was out and about, exploring the streets of San Francisco. I couldn’t help but to marvel in the beauty of every building, person, hill, and dog. No really, everyone here has a dog and I'm convinced that there are more dogs than children. I am a dog lover. Dogs = happy place. I was a typical tourist snapping tons of pictures (check them out in my Photography section). But really, I couldn’t take a bad picture because of all of the amazing scenery. Although my pictures will never do this city justice, they will be a great memory for me and the best way to share this journey.
Sunday was another day of exploring, and trying new foods! If you know anything about me, you probably know that I don’t like stepping out of my comfort zone to try new foods. I tried Dim Sum for the first time in Chinatown and after much convincing from my friends, I am proud to say that I sampled (almost) everything we ordered. Baby steps people, baby steps.
I was eager to explore the area, so we hiked up some crazy hills to go to Coit Tower. Side note: if you think you’re in good running shape, come run the streets of San Francisco. You’ll get a reality check really fast... We went to the top of the tower (and might’ve hung out the window) to see over the city and the bay. It was a beautiful view. I’m really happy I didn’t drop my phone 210 feet onto the concrete floor trying to take pictures. We also went to Lumbard street, along with every other tourist in the city. People were standing in the middle of the busy street trying to get good pictures. It’s amazing what we’ll do for the perfect Instagram photo!
I started my internship on Monday. In just one day, I learned more than I could ever imagine. I actually work in a building that once housed Zappos and Craig’s List, so it has some incredible history! I feel so inspired by the hustle and work ethic of the young professionals around me. I am really excited to challenge myself this semester and help my company become the best it can be. It’s a lot of hard work; I’m not going to lie. But, I work with some pretty great people and I feel passionate about the mission of the startup I am working for. I feel very lucky that I have this unique career development opportunity, so I want to take advantage of every..single...second.
Last night, one of my roommates made us a delicious dinner, and we sat in our gorgeous backyard jamming to 90's music, sipping wine, and enjoying the night. There were a couple of times when us Midwesterners had to remind ourselves that we were comfortably sitting outside in January… surreal. Today I’m off to learn about my senior capstone project, and of course, do more exploring. I can’t wait to share it all with you as it unfolds!
I hope to post at least once a week and I would love to expand this blog to talk about other topics as well. Any feedback/recommendations would be greatly appreciated!