Tony Bennett Was Right

Get packed, say goodbye, mentally prepare yourself, get focused.

It’s hard to believe that I’ve only been in Boston for nearly five months. Even harder to believe that I’m already packing up and leaving.

If you have either followed or explored my blog, you know that (so far) it’s about my adventures in several cities: Barcelona, San Francisco, and Boston. If you’ve really paid attention, you’ve noticed the trend that each of these cities includes a coming and going post. You’ll also notice that these posts happen to be roughly 4 months apart from each other. In other words, I can’t sit still.

Whether it’s the desire to explore or the need for constant change, I’m always moving about and people never know where I happen to be. It’s nice that I can be unpredictable but I’d also like a sense of stability.

So…California, here we come.

I knew there was something about San Francisco, even if it took a few tries for me to realize where I needed to be. It came down to priorities.

Family, Friends, Ocean, Lifestyle, care-free, Career opportunities.

It certainly helps that I have some of my greatest supporters out there. (Shout out to Joey Roth and Macy Horton).

There are plenty more reasons why I picked SF and if you are genuinely interested, you can reach out to me. In the meantime, I’ve got to go get packed. I leave next Sunday (December 6th) so if you are in Boston and are reading this, I hope we can meet before I bid adieu.

To Boston, thank you for all the good times. For reminding me how to be resilient and how to stick up for myself and for helping me recognize what was most important. Until next time…

“I Left My Heart in San Francisco”-Tony Bennett

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San Francisco Experience Photo Gallery

Welcome to my photo gallery of San Francisco! There are 3 different galleries: Adventures, Class, and Business.

ADVENTURES

BABSON SF

BUSINESS

For the Hustlers

Today I was walking in downtown Mission, right around 16th street. I was walking the speed of light, though I’m not sure why since I had time to kill. I had a lot on my mind, and it definitely showed. Right before I entered the BART station on 16th, an artistic African-American man of probably 27 years who carried a portfolio, called out to me right after we made eye contact: “Keep that determination”, he said.  I quickly turned around realizing he was talking to me, and in that instant he turned around too and looked at me intently. We then went our separate ways.

How did this stranger understand my thoughts within the two seconds of seeing me on Mission St? He seemed like he was deep in his thoughts too…Hey, maybe it takes one to know one.

This post is dedicated to the hustlers.

The ones who could ask for help, but grin and bear it.

The ones who bust their butts working, though they live pay check to pay check.

The ones who work two jobs just to make a life better for someone else.

The ones who pay for their college education.

The ones who self-educate themselves.

The ones who try every possible road and don’t stop until they get it.

The ones to border on homelessness and starvation, but have a hunger for success.

The ones who get energized from sleepless nights.

All I have to say is that if you’re a hustler- you know it- and you love it. You know things could be better but you keep trucking along because things shouldn’t be given to you, and you don’t want it that way. You want the satisfaction. You love the thrill of uncertainty, struggle, and it is this that gets you out of bed in the morning.

Another day, another hustle. Don’t stop. Keep going. Never give up.

Keep. That. Determination.

San Francisco’s Mission District: Comedy & Graffiti of Clarion Alley

Anyone who knows anything about San Francisco knows that there is always something going on the city, whether its a Salesforce or Oracle event, the Folsom Leather Street Fair, a Stanford/USC pep rally, or a pride parade. There are of course little events going on daily that make San Francisco the charming place it is.

Last week, I visited sffuncheap.com looking for some thing fun to do on a Monday night. You can ask all my friends and I’ll agree that “Monday is the new Friday”.

So I gathered my friends and we hit a comedy club/bar in the hip, Mission District. The comedy show we attended was led by local comedians who told pessimistic, anti-jokes. One of my friends was having a bad day, so we thought these jokes might actually lighten his mood instead or worsen them. It ended out that we were right, because he was glad he came.

After the comedy show ended, we hit the streets of Mission and went exploring. We stopped at a Mexican restaurant for some “dirty tacos” which include guacamole, sour creme, and salsa and then we came across Clarion Alley.

Clarion Alley is a hole in the wall…literally. It is tucked away between 17th and 18th streets. The only thing keeping a passerby from blindly walking past it is the vibrant color that is spread through out its perimeters.

After I visited this spot, I took some time to understand its historical importance. Railroad workers gathered here and it was home to many artists and writers during the ’60s. The graffiti spread from one end to the other with images of social demonstrations, weapons, peace signs, historical and racial figures, religions,etc.

My friends and I took some photos, you can check them out below!

Study Away at Babson San Francisco Campus

So I’ve been on a bit of a blog hiatus, but I promise it’s justified.

I worked as an intern in Long Beach this summer at an advertising agency called Designory. I did Search and Strategy Marketing for them, which kept me very busy. I enjoyed learning new things, meeting people, and getting to work in a mid-sized company. I got a little taste of what corporate life is like.

Now I am in San Francisco for a fall semester of my senior year. Babson has a graduate school out here in San Francisco but this semester it has opened its doors to 20 undergraduate students, myself included. This program is also offered in the spring semester.

We are the “Pioneers! O’ Pioneers!” of the undergraduate program here in SF. Depending on how well it goes, and it has been going great so far, Babson may continue it. I know it is especially helpful for students who either want to learn more about the tech environment here, the start-up lifestyle, or just California in general.

 The program offers a full course load with 2 liberal arts classes and 2 business classes.

1.The Modern American City

2. The West as the frontier in American Imagination

3. Silicon Valley Ventures

4. Consulting in Tech Entrepreneurship.

The two liberal arts classes will give me a better understanding of the culture and history of San Francisco, while the entrepreneurship/business classes provide an engaging experience with the companies in SF as well as the experience of start ups.

Silicon Valley Ventures class we are starting our own business and pitching the idea to an investor at the end of the semester. Ideas and teams were created after members of the class pitched their ideas. My idea was selected and now I have an awesome team that I’m beyond excited to work with.

Consulting in Tech Entrepreneurship is equally exciting. Four other students and I are consulting a local San Francisco business. I am especially interested in this class because I think I would like to go into consulting and this class will give me a better feel for that.

Another cool thing about this program is that we get to go on company treks! I visited 500 startups yesterday and have many more treks to come.

I arrived in San Francisco on August 25th with my parents after a long drive through the California Grapevine. In my 3.5 weeks here though I have already done a lot. From  celebrating my 21st birthday to attending NewCo, a city wide event in SF where businesses open their doors for attendees to learn more about their companies, to a Giant’s game, to a Tech Crunch Disrupt after party, and a visit to the beach with friends, I am  really getting to know and love this city.

It’s just the beginning but there is plenty more to come.

To learn more about the program, feel free to email me or comment below. Also, check out my San Francisco Experience photo gallery here on my blog for up-to-date photos.