Guardian Scholars sought valuable insight into their futures on a recent trip exploring the professional possibilities of California’s key industries. These trips provide valuable experience and perspective to students who are putting in the hard work and careful consideration into the next phase of their lives.
It was an immersive experience for students as they stayed on campus in the SFSU dorms, tried out the campus cafeteria, and sampled the finer points of a 4-year university experience. The emphasis of the trip was to explore the vast career opportunities within the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) available within California. Students toured the campus headquarters of some of the biggest names in the tech industry including @Google, @Netflix, @Salesforce, @LinkedIn, @Pinterest, and @YouTube. The group also sampled the thriving biomedical industry in the Bay Area by visiting companies on the cutting edge of medical research, like Intuitive Surgical and Merck. Each site visit was accompanied by a Q&A panel, where curiosities were fulfilled.
The group toured the world-famous Alcatraz prison, ate at Bubba Gump, and zipped along the hills of San Francisco in cable cars. This also gave students a chance to connect with Guardian Scholars attending SFSU and @ucsandiego.
Guardian Scholar & SFSU alum, Kesia conceived of the trip that involved Guardian Scholars programs from UCSD, SFSU, and Promises2Kids, allowing youth to network and build relationships based on shared interests and experiences.
The experience was made possible through a collaboration between programs supporting foster youth at Promises2Kids, UCSD & SFSU.
It was a whirlwind of week for these Guardian Scholars, but as they flew back home, they took with them a greater sense of what their future may hold.
Thank you to @southwestair, the Official Airline of Promises2Kids, for making this opportunity possible by providing round-trip airfare for those who traveled from San Diego.