Hello from San Francisco!
More than half of the semester has passed, and I’m still amazed by this city whenever I am walking around. Yesterday, we walked to Pier 14 at midnight and spent hours chatting by the gorgeous view of the Bay Bridge. This amazing city always has something to offer, and Minerva students never get bored being around our “city campus.”
From visiting the Chocolate Factory to learn about their production and business, to exploring the Exploratorium to discuss rising sea levels, we have exciting events and activities going on every week, organized by our most dedicated Student Life team. One of my favorite places to explore is the Golden Gate Park. I often go there on the weekends to get some fresh air, admire nature, and spend some time relaxing from schoolwork, classes, and assignments.
Apart from activities organized by the Student Life team, we have the opportunity to explore the city in our own ways too. Last week, I attended Calhacks - the biggest hackathon for university students in the world, and the venue was only a 10-minute walk from our residence hall! The event gathered many big tech companies, sponsors, and mentors, and it was an amazing chance to meet new people and see the rapid changes in the technology industry. As an aspiring Computational Science major, I am deeply grateful to be in the heart of this “tech city” and to have a chance to be exposed to countless opportunities like Calhacks.
Coming back to the residence hall after long days of studying and exploring the city, I am always greeted by sweet smiles and warm hugs from my friends. Minerva has one of the most loving and supportive communities that I know. Spending time chatting with my roommates, or cooking and having dinner together with people in the residence hall is my favorite part of the day before getting back to my room to prepare for the next day’s class. Academics at Minerva are rigorous and challenging, but they are definitely rewarding. Although I sometimes find myself stressing over assignments, I feel incredibly proud after getting through each unit, confidently knowing that I have grown so much from it.
I am filled with gratitude for the amazing opportunity to live at the heart of San Francisco, and I firmly believe that every member of the Class of 2027 is enjoying university life as much as I am.
Class of 2027