Coast to Coast: Spring Break in San Francisco

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!




Panorama of the Golden Gate
Panorama of the Golden Gate

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Lombard Street
Lombard Street



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