Get to Know Your City; Your Education Isn’t Complete Without it
SAN FRANCISCO IS A CLASSROOM THAT IS SECOND TO NONE
Impossible as it is to miss the swarm of advertisements about USF on bus shelters, taxis, and streetcars, there are still students among us who don’t get the message that San Francisco is among the best cities ever.
Or maybe they do realize it, yet make the mistake of not taking advantage of everything the City has to offer.
A few weeks ago, the Foghorn wrote about the advantages of piling an undergraduate schedule with as many classes, activities, and obligations as humanly feasible—even for just a little while—to get the most outof undergraduate life at USF. One reason? What better time than college to try out so many things?
After graduation, it’s much harder in the real world to start being a renaissance woman or man.
The same applies to San Francisco; all work and no play in a city amazing as ours is a waste. The staff, full of hometown San Franciscans and transplants alike, can never exhaust telling what they think is great about their City.
For the USF student, a complete USF education should balance the demands of academics with a special effort to truly connect with, we think, the world’s best college town.
The recent win of the San Francisco Giants of only the second World Series since the team moved from Manhattan to the City in 1958 drives the point home. And although we’d be hard pressed not to be trilled for the Giants (have you seen our font and back pages?) the City is much, much more than a city-size tourist attraction USF is lucky to surrounded by.
San Francisco is a classroom that is second to none. The incredible diversity of the City, both culturally and economically, is something other cities even in California can only hope to acheive. Our is a City of contrasts, an anomoly within anomolies that heighten and concretize in a very immediate way the lessons we learn in the literal classrooms of USF.
The best thing a USF student—whether a budding freshman or a fifth-year senior—can do is to travel to as many San Francisco neighborhoods as possible, talk to as many strangers as possible, ride unfamiliar Muni lines as often as possible, shop as locally and as organically as possible, take as many pictures as possible, and volunteer at as many places as possible. The mission of working for the greater good begins at home, and for the USF student, what a home we have.
Ultimately, the Foghorn wants to ask this question: Do you know that you live/go to school here? If this question (or the 2012 Giants) doesn’t hit you with the epiphany that you live and study in an amazing town, please step away from the desktop and search for a Muni line whose route number you don’t recognize. You’ll be the wiser and better for it.
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