Day Six of Travel Week
Students woke up well rested after a relaxing night at their hotel in San Francisco. The group had a busy day with a personal guided tour at Stanford University, a trip to the Golden Gate bridge, an evening at the famous Fisherman’s Wharf and ending the night with the SEI 2016 farewell party. In addition, the weather in San Francisco was amazing – 70 degrees and sunny with a light ocean breeze.
Located between San Francisco and San Jose, Stanford University is in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley and is one of the world’s leading teaching and research universities. Since its opening in 1891, Stanford has been known as a highly-esteemed research institution, dedicated to finding solutions to big challenges and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The school is also known for its entrepreneurial character and its relationship to Silicon Valley. Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering to technology and business. Stanford is located in one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the United States. The school currently houses 6,994 undergraduate students and 9,128 graduate students. Additionally, their acceptance rate is the lowest in the United States among prominent colleges and universities, coming in at 4.69 percent in 2016. Approximately 10% of international students from more than 60 countries currently attend Stanford University. The SEI AP students received a personal guided tour of the university by a current Stanford student, while the rest of the group enjoyed exploring the campus with their RTAs and learning about one of the most prestigious universities in the United States.
Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is an iconic, must-see, landmark in San Francisco. The famous suspension bridge spans over 1,280 meters across the 4.8 kilometer Golden Gate strait, between the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. SEI students had a chance to walk out onto the bridge, take many pictures, enjoy the ocean breeze and soak in the beautiful California views.
Fisherman’s Wharf is a neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California It roughly encompasses the northern waterfront area of San Francisco and is one of the busiest and well known tourist attractions in the western United States. Fisherman’s Wharf is best known for being the location of Pier 39, the Cannery Shopping Center, Ghirardelli Square a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum and the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park. Additionally, the area offers a variety of seafood restaurants right on the water. SEI students enjoyed trying real seafood at coastal themed restaurants and exploring the seafarer themed shops.
SEI Farewell Party
Mixed emotions filled the room at the SEI farewell party as students prepared to say goodbye to their friends. As a way to wrap-up SEI 2016, the staff hosted an SEI open-mic session to give students a chance to share about their SEI experience. Many students shared funny stories and favorite memories, others commended RTAs and staff members for their impact on their lives and some shared how SEI has changed the direction of their life and plans for the future. This was a beautiful time for staff and students to encourage one another and truly reflect on these last four amazing weeks.
Question of the day: What have you learned at SEI?
STAFF SPOTLIGHT: RTA, Caleb Cochrum
Caleb Cochrum serves as an RTA and is a proud member of the red team. He comes from Wheaton, Illinois and where he graduated from Wheaton Academy, a WAnet school. Currently he is a student at Wheaton College and is pursuing a degree in Physics and Secondary Education. In the future, Caleb wants to teach physics at the high school level. His hobbies include sports of all kinds, long distance running, and hiking. Fun fact: Caleb and his dad once built a raft and sailed it partway down the Mississippi river.