My final spring break I decided to spend away from the North Carolina cold and in the California sunshine.
This past week I went with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication on a networking trip to meet with alumni in San Francisco and to explore the city.
I wrote more about the networking side in a blog post for UNC Admissions here. It was a great opportunity to meet with alumni, not necessarily to get a job, but just to hear about their experiences at Carolina and beyond. At worst networking can feel forced and awkward-this wasn’t at all the case with the alumni I met. The idea of the “Carolina Family” isn’t a cliche.
I can’t lie. The prospect of leaving Chapel Hill in two months is both exhilarating and terrifying. It was a relief to meet people who have been in my shoes.
The trip also helped me get over my East Coast bias. After living in New York this summer, I wasn’t sure any other city could live up. But San Francisco has a great urban feel while also being surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Whether you’re downtown in the heart of business or walking down the pier, it’s just a nice place to be.
Tuesday morning I woke up early before our trip out to Silicon Valley and just sat at a sidewalk cafe and people watched. For me, it was the best way to soak in my surroundings. It’s hard to describe, but I just clicked with the city.
Though I did try to get an “authentic experience” to test drive the city, I didn’t skip out on the tourist attractions. After all, I was on vacation! I also may or may not have accidentally gotten on a tour bus when my phone died and I couldn’t book a Lyft or Uber to pick me up at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Unfortunately my sense of direction hasn’t caught up with my love of travel.
Until next time, Cali!