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

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