It has been a busy week here in San Francisco. The good news, there is no time to worry about adjusting to the new environment. I have only a handful of months to make a small splash in a giant pond. The great news is, I’ve been seeing and learning so much already.
Here’s a quick recap of the past week:
On Friday, we went to one of the Salesforce offices to have our capstone meeting. I say “offices" because there’s more than one in this city, which I did not originally know. Of course my friend, Val, and I went to the wrong building at first (let's call it a test run for the real visit), but luckily we made it to the right location on time! The (right) building was impressive, with everything you'd want a dream office to have...including a ping pong table and disco ball! Those are definitely checklist items for my dream office at least. Our capstone meeting was for a project that we will all work on for the rest of the semester, outside of our startup internships. I’m super excited to work with the app we were given and I hope to share it with you all in a few months. I spent the rest of Friday near Union Square with the girls, eating delicious Ghirardelli sundaes and doing some serious shopping. I was on the search for the perfect city coat, because I truly underestimated how chilly it can get here. I could've had one sent from home, but who doesn't love an excuse to shop?!
Speaking of shopping… On Saturday, I learned that Hayes Valley has AMAZING shopping. This area is full of boutiques with the best clothing— it’s safe to say that I was in heaven. Some stores even have space heaters in their stores like it's unusually cold outside... lol. Some of my roommates and I decided to go out on Saturday to a local bar and it was a lot of fun! It wasn’t like Side Bar in Oxford, but we were dancing, meeting new people, and having fun! What more could you want? I am pretty sure that the locals were looking at us thinking “wow… squad goals.” I don’t blame them.
Sunday morning we ate breakfast at Stacks (definitely going back there), explored the Farmer’s Market, rented bikes to ride around Golden Gate Park, then ended up at the ocean. That was my first time seeing the Pacific and even though I got sandblasted from the wind, I smiled through it all because as I keep saying, it was beautiful. Also, it could have been a great exfoliator. Some people were even wind surfing and I was amazed because I could barely stand up with the intense wind! I hope to go back when it’s not as windy... or I’ll just wait until I travel to Southern California. ;) During our bike ride we saw a beautiful waterfall in the park, along with tons of food stands, runners, bikers, and rollerbladers. I haven’t rollerbladed in years, but I’m very tempted to give it a shot while I’m here! If I do, I will attempt to GoPro video the situation, because I guarantee it will be entertaining. Prepare for an epic depiction of that experience if it happens. Side note: One of my roommates actually lost his wallet when we were biking, but an honest man called him and returned it to him with everything in place. We were heavily warned about the pickpocketing and stealing around here. So, I was pleasantly surprised by the act of kindness from a stranger. After all this exercise against hills and wind (and sand), we were starving so we got some great BBQ for dinner then headed home to relax for the rest of the night.
During the week, I work for majority of the day which is providing me an incredible chance to learn. However, on Tuesday we went to 500 Startups to listen to a talk about Search Engine Optimization (SEO)! Calm down, this is riveting stuff. Seriously, for me - it is. I love soaking up all of the information that I can from people who are informed on these topics, so I was really engaged the entire time. Have I mentioned how much I love getting opportunities like this out here? As awesome as Oxford, OH is (and the people there), it’s no San Francisco when it comes to this level of business exposure!
These past two weeks have been so incredible. I want to give a shoutout to my roommates here (Kaitlin, Val, Montanna, David, Jake, Sam, Josh, Taryn, Georgia, and Yasmina) and at school (Emily and Rachel)! When you pick up your life and move out of state, you can’t underestimate how much good roommates can make or break your experience. This whole year I’ve been incredibly blessed with roommates who are adventurous, fun, and want to live life to the fullest! I have such an amazing group of people surrounding me everywhere I go in life and I couldn’t ask for better company.
Here’s to another great week in San Fran! Feel free to leave a comment below or email me :)