Unfortunately, my plane was delayed for two hours and it was late at night when I finally arrived at the San Francisco airport. I was a little nervous that the late plane may have inconvenienced my mentors, but those fears quickly went away! When I walked out of the airport, my three mentors were excitedly waiting to great me with big smiles and hugs.
My five awesome mentors (everybody agrees they are unabashedly amazing!) and everyone else at OAD gave me the best break that I could have ever asked for. Everyone helped to make sure that I had the complete experience visiting San Francisco and saw all of the tourist attractions. There is almost an overwhelming sensation that comes with being in such a big and beautiful city, so it was great that I also had some time to wander on my own and try to take it all in.
I spent the next few days before New Year’s in Berkeley and attended a play about Molly Ivins called “Red Hot Patriot.” I went to Lake Tahoe for New Year’s Day and it was a really amazing place. I tried skiing for the first time while I was there and I am glad with how I did. It was a lot of fun!
After returning to San Francisco, my mentors took me on countless (and rad!) adventures. My favorite part was trying a different San Francisco cuisine at every dinner. During my last days in the Bay Area, I went to Golden Gate Park, a Berkeley basketball game, Twin Peaks, a Karaoke Night, and sleepovers with two others scholars. Finally, I went bowling on my last day in San Francisco and I was nearly the champion! I had all these adventures because my mentors took days off from work or finished up early in order to give me this amazing experience.
Coming back to campus in late January, I feel very grateful to my mentors and seriously pampered by my vacation in San Francisco. I am filled with energy as I kick off my spring semester and I am so excited for what is ahead for me!