COMM3224 Story 4: Go abroad and outgrow yourself

The years 2009 and 2010 changed my life. In August 2009, it was time for me to get out of my shell and leave the village where my family’s roots are, where I grow up, where my best friends live and where I gained personal and professionals skills. It was time for me to broad my horizon in a way that was not possible in my small German hometown in the middle of nowhere. I switched my well-organized life with an exciting, uncertain and challenging life as an exchange student in a foreign country, the United States of America.  It is too hard to put all of my experiences into one single paragraph. The fact is, I wouldn’t be the person I am today and wouldn’t be where I am today: back in the US further growing. Weiterlesen

COMM3224 Photo Essay – Golden Gate Bridge

I was shocked, when I heard about the fact that after the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in China, the Golden Gate Bridge is the second most used suicide site in the world. By 2012 the unofficial count exceeded 1,600 suicides. It is hard to believe, because in my eyes, San Francisco is an amazingly diverse place with so much sights to shoot photos at. The most popular photos are taken of or on the Golden Gate Bridge.

I chose this topic because the people and tourists who spent time at the bridge reflect and focus the diversity and kindness of the whole city in one place:  the vista point on the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The significance of this point is that people with all different kinds of cultural background come together into one place.  Weiterlesen

COMM3224 Story 3: Introducing Wild SF Walking Tours

In June 2012 24-year-olds Wild Wes and J. Jo became a part of the San Francisco startup scene. The best friends and young entrepreneurs decided to found a company named Wild SF Walking Tours. They offer free to join, donation based walking tours through San Francisco and show people the history, architecture and culture of the city in a truthful and historical accurate way by remaining fun, hip and entertaining. Weiterlesen

COMM3224 Story 2: Oakland – Place to be, not just for crimes!

“No matter who you are or where you come from, there is a place for you here. You’ll be appreciated, valued and celebrated for what you bring to the table – as crazy you may or may not be,” said Kramer joyfully. In August 2009, 22 year old AK Kramer moved to Oakland. Back in San Diego, where she went to college, she had an acquaintance who is from Oakland. She had these terrible stereotypes of Oakland like “people living on the streets” and “drug addictive parents”. However, after four years living in Oakland, the city became her favorite place in the world. Weiterlesen

COMM3224 Story 1: A stranger in a strange land

“It’s one big step for me but an insignificant step for mankind.” These words crossed my mind as I passed the exit on Gate 77B at Terminal 3 at the San Francisco International Airport on September 9, 2013. When Neil Armstrong’s first walked on the Moon in July of 1969, there were nearly 500 million people watching TV, who cared about him. Unlike Neil Armstrong no one recognized me when I set my first boot on Californian soil.  But it was such a big step for me. I left my life in Germany behind for seven months and started a new life in a foreign country on my own. Also, I was as excited as Armstrong during his walk on the moon because my dream finally went true: I got to live and study close to San Francisco and Silicon Valley – in Hayward, California, in the heart of the bay.  Weiterlesen

Nächster Stopp: SFO

Montagmorgen, 4:30am, der Wecker klingelt und ich bin hellwach. In drei Stunden hebe ich ab und es geht weiter in Richtung Westen. Vom Douglas Intl Airport in Charlotte (CLT) geht’s nach einer Zwischenlandung beim George Bush Intl Aiport (IAH) in Housten, TX weiter nach San Francisco (SFO).

CLT – IAH: Um 5:40am hat mich Laurie am Flughafen raus gelassen. Sie hatte es etwas eilig, denn in 20min musste sie schon Yoga Unterricht geben. Deswegen fiel die Verabschiedung auch kurz und knapp aus. Dann hab ich das Gepäck eingecheckt, und mich an die überschaubare Schlange beim Security-Schalter angestellt. Anschließend zum Gate. 6:20am. Noch etwas mehr als eine Stunde Zeit. Ich beschloss, mir meinen ersten Starbucks Frappuccino in den USA zu kaufen. Lecker und genau das richtige um wach zu werden.  Weiterlesen

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