SAN FRANCISCO + TATIANA VILCHEZ

Where were you born?
San Francisco, CA

School and major?
I just received my AS degree in Social and Behavioral sciences from City College of San Francisco. I am now working towards a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.

Why did you decide to make a move to San Francisco after high school?
San Francisco has had my heart since the first time I visited in 2001. I always had the desire to move back and attend college there but it never seemed realistic to me. During my senior year of high school, I decided to look at colleges and booked a flight with my mom to San Francisco. After touring all the schools and exploring the city, I knew this is where I wanted to be. I was so confident and sure of my decision, I wasn’t able to picture myself anywhere else!

Was it a scary decision?
I wasn’t scared with the decision I made but I was definitely nervous! I was taking a huge risk and had no idea what to expect. I was also nervous about being completely on my own and away from my family. I just kept telling myself, “If it doesn’t work out, you can always go back home”.

What were some challenging things you encountered while living in SF?
I had a lot of difficulty making friends my first year. I had never been on my own before and completely out of my comfort zone, so when I moved to the city I kind of went into shock mode. I was incredibly shy and didn’t know how to put myself out there and be social. I had a hard time adjusting to the changes of living in a fast-paced city.
I used that time alone to learn the ins and outs of the city. I started exploring different neighborhoods, hiking, and trying all the restaurants and coffee shops the city had to offer.  I even started traveling outside of San Francisco and explored its neighboring cities. That definitely helped me break out of the shell and meet people!

Was moving back to SF everything you expected it to be? Or did you think your life was/should’ve turned out differently?
It was everything I expected and so much more!! Sometimes I felt like the San Francisco version of Carrie Bradshaw. I would definitely do it all over again, loneliness, struggles, and all!
Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I stayed in Miami and never made the decision to move. I don’t know how my life would have turned out, but I am so glad I took the risk. Everything worked out in the end and I left the city with everlasting memories.

What do you hope for the future?
I hope to keep taking risks in life. I want to venture out and continue to expand my horizons and explore other places.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Woah, that’s a long time! I see a successful career woman in ten years. I also hope to keep sharing my stories and experiences with others!

3 tips you can give anyone wanting to move to SF?
1. Explore, explore, explore. The city has so much to offer, from bars, restaurants, museums, parks, events, concerts, etc. Take advantage and do as much as you can. I can guarantee, you’ll never have a bad time.
2. I would avoid a car at all costs. You really don’t need one, the city is only 7×7 miles. I would suggest biking, Ubering, or using public transportation.
3. Carry hand sanitizer all times. The city is extremely dirty so I would advise you to wash your hands at any given chance.

 

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