This city is probably the most beautiful and unique city I’ve been to. Climate is a world away from Toronto. Always sunny, and moderate. The city has a unique architectural design that incorporates Art Deco and avante garde with unique gardens and parks coexisting with skyscrapers. The city has an amazing amount of rolling hills and valleys, which can be a pain to walk on, but looks fantastic as scenery. There exists some of the most romantic places I’ve ever been, including the Japanese tea garden in Golden Gate Park. In any case, San Francisco really left a deep impression on me, and is definitely more fitting to me than Toronto.
A very cool conference. Located at the Palace of fine arts which has an amazing Roman-inspired palace on the grounds, this inspiring conference included speakers ranging from the San Francisco municipal government to Autodesk corporation to two young entrepreneurs (who started a business to grow mushrooms from coffee grounds) from Berkeley. Each of them brought something amazing to talk about, and how technology fuses with businesses, and green energy / sustainability in particular. Attendees were mostly from around the Bay Area, Oakland, San Jose, etc.
I was born in California..and yet I’m still living here in CA XD I guess I’ve been here my whole life I dont really see it as the most wonderful place. But I do agree, CA is very diverse; especially, places like SF. I like SF..I go there at least once a year since it’s only an hour away or so from where I live.
That must have been a lot of fun meeting different people. I think I would have been too dumbfounded to speak if I meet any of those executives T_T;; But I’m glad you’ve found a state that you feel is most fitted for you. I believe I’ve only been to Toronto when I was a baby…so that really doesn’t count because I don’t remember anything..but I do like that Toronto snows during winter :3
It seems that you have a lot of fun visiting all those places and attending conferences. I hope you will get your offer soon and I think you will since you are a hardworking student. 🙂 I agree with you. It is very rare to see diversity when it comes to Computer Science. Even when it comes to gender. There are more males in the CS department than females. This even applies to the professors who are teaching CS courses.
hehe I guess the grass is always greener on the other side right? I’ve lived with cold, snowy winters all my life (born in Shenyang, raised in Toronto area), so Cali being so different is part of what attracts me I guess? xD
It’s a shame that none of your colleagues wanted to go. Conferences are pretty cool. And they’re definitely better if you’re not there wandering around all alone like I was. But at least you had a great time!
Isn’t California awesome? What I like best is the open attitude that the majority of people I meet have. I have always wanted to see the Bay Area, but I think that it’s very likely that I’ll end up there for some time because of the massive amounts of CS/Control stuff that is developed there. I’m sure that the Bay Area is prettier than Los Angeles too.
Let’s hope that you did well on your interview so that you can move on down there!