Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why I Chose to Study in the San Francisco Bay Area

By Tanmayee Potluri
Student Ambassador, San Jose State University

I always had this strange interest and affinity for California since I decided to pursue my master’s degree in the United States. This interest gradually narrowed down to the the San Francisco Bay Area, which refers to the counties in and around San Francisco such as San Jose.

Out of my personal interest, I applied to San Jose State University, where I was ultimately accepted. After five years, I wanted to share my thoughts about staying here: why I still feel this is an awesome place and how it benefits students.

1. Silicon Valley

The Bay Area headquarters a lot of top-notch companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook as well as many startups. As a student, you would have plenty of opportunities to explore different internships and jobs and experience different work cultures. After college, students from different universities move to Bay Area for career opportunities.

2. Networking

Taking into consideration all of the startups and interesting jobs here, you will find a lot of enthusiastic entrepreneurs and techies. It's a great place for networking at tech conferences, events and meetups that happen often in and around San Francisco. These not only help you learn about new technologies but also help broaden your perspectives.

3. Diverse culture

I have seen people from various parts of the world in the Bay Area, and that could be because of the large number of opportunities here. You can meet people from different cultures and learn a lot from others. You can also experience countless types of cuisines in close vicinity.

4. Weather

Though this factor may not be as important for some people, the great weather is one of my major reasons for living in California. It has the perfect weather in all seasons. I love the fact that you can go out in the winter with just a sweatshirt, and go out in the summer and not worry about getting burnt! It’s a great advantage for students, as they don’t need to go through the pain of adjusting to drastically changing climatic conditions.

5. Getaway for a weekend

I find that the Bay Area is close to many tourist hotspots, from hiking opportunities to relaxing on the beach (not to forget the scenic drives).

In conclusion, though as students you might face tough times financially, as time passes you will definitely appreciate your decision to study here and the amazing benefits that this place has to offer.
Tanmayee Potluri is a product manager at Intuit in Mountain View, California who came to the United States from India in 2010 to pursue her Master in Computer Science degree from San Jose State University, which she earned in 2012. She previously worked at IBM, also as a product manager, for two years. She describes herself as a self-motivated individual who is passionate about work, her career and technology. In her free time, she enjoys meeting new people, cooking, traveling and learning something new.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousJuly 25, 2015

    Good for you, but not all of us are loaded enough to pay rent in the most expensive place in the country AND afford to get away for the weekend.


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