A Journey to San Francisco - My Family Travels

Have you ever imagine a journey to a place never heard of before? This is my story, but the only difference is that this place was heard by everyone else but me. I live in Pomona, California and I had never traveled away from the city.  In April 8, 2009 I traveled to San Francisco, California.  I had never imagined myself traveling to another city without my family, but in this journey I traveled with the Trio Upward Bound Program. The program consists of freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, but in this trip only juniors and seniors were allowed to go. I was one of those juniors who traveled with other fourteen students and three staff.  This trip was not a trip to go party, but a journey that will take a turn in my life.  Why a turn? It will help me decide where I really want to go to College.  We began by departing at six o'clock in the morning and arriving at the University of California Merced.  A day was gone, but another arrived.  On April 9, 2009, we left the hotel and depart to University of California Davis.  We also took a tour, and after the tour we left to the Capitol.  At the California State Capitol we visited the Governor's office and we meet with Lupita C. Alcala, the director of Legislative Affairs. She talked to us about the importance of having and Education and what it will take from us to accomplish our goals. Before this day came to an end we departed Sacramento to San Francisco and arrived at the Hotel Travelodge at the Bay.  Before the weekend, on Friday April 10, 2009 we received a tour in San Francisco State University.  After the tour, we rode the Bart to Berkeley.  The trip was for us the students, to find the perfect school.  The school in which we can picture ourselves walking down the hallways and with a backpack on, and this was the day my life changed.  Berkeley was the school I had been looking for.  I was in love with everything that I was surrounded by.  The tour came to an end and I was sad to leave. I left Berkeley with a goal in my mind.  The goal that one day I will be coming back to be a student and not a visitor. The weekend came and we had no tours to take, but the tour around San Francisco. It was our Exploration Weekend Tour.  We visited museums, like the Alcatraz Island.  We also passed by China Town and by Union Square.  Our weekend passed by fast and only two days were left of this great experience.  On April 13, 2009 at eight in the morning we were en route to Stanford.  In the same day we also visited Santa Clara University.  We explored Santa Clara and after we ate dinner.  Our last and final day arrived, and we had to keep going.  We checked out from the Hotel and departed to University of California Santa Cruz.  This was the last campus we had visited, and as Berkeley I fell in love with it.  Now my goal had changed to be that I will come back to study to either school.  As I already had said, this was an Educational trip but we also had plenty of fun.  Who said that Education was not fun? From this trip I learned many things, but the most important that "Education is Freedom."


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