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Final reflections on our week in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley

The week is over and after a day of recouping I thought it would be a good opportunity to reflect on the week. Some of the students have written personal reflections on their experience. And, Josh Gordon made a video capturing highlights from our trip! It can be viewed here.

I personally feel very privileged and humbled by this experience. The kindness, hospitality, and generosity shown to our group by JMU alumni, and even the other employees who are not JMU alumni, was incredible. Every place we went to and every person we met was genuinely interested in getting to know us, answering any questions we had, and helping each of us pursue a career in whatever way they could. In addition to the great people we met in California, I was impressed to see that each of the companies we visited were influencing important change and innovation in business, technology, and philanthropy. I am also especially thankful for the faculty (Molly, Carol, and Sam!) and their patience and encouragement throughout the week! Thanks to JMU for making this trip possible, the alumni for making it worthwhile and adding value, and the other students on the trip for the laughter and memories.

Pat Nolan:
My trip to Silicon Valley was a truly incredible experience that allowed for an inside look of what work, culture and atmosphere the Bay Area held. Thanks to JMU and the College of Business, I left San Francisco feeling inspired and driven towards the start of my professional career as a JMU graduate. Meeting with JMU alumni living in the Bay Area was very special. If it weren’t for such a strong and tight-knit alumni program like ours here at JMU, trips like this would not be possible. Meeting with JMU alumni out in the Bay Area was an incredible and humbling experience, as they toured us around their respective companies, allowing us a front row seat to learn about their company culture and work life in the Bay Area. Being a resident of New Jersey and Virginia, being able to travel and soak in the work and company cultures of the West Coast was an opportunity I wouldn’t trade for anything. I am humbled and highly appreciative of the Experiential Learning Trip to Silicon Valley/San Francisco and the windows of opportunity it has opened for myself along with my colleagues on the trip as well! I look forward to the opportunity of working in the Bay Area alongside JMU alumni and hearing stories from future Dukes as they participate in the experiential learning trips to come. I would like to say a big thank you to our trip faculty members; Molly Brown, Samantha Collier and Carol Hamilton. This special experience couldn’t have been done without your help, coordination, and guidance and we appreciate the opportunity you have created for us!

Genna Bestercy:
I’m incredibly thankful for this past week. It was an amazing experience visiting Silicon Valley with 9 other JMU students.The trip highly exceeded my expectations. I loved getting to know other JMU students and the professors, while also meeting JMU alumni. I had never thought about working for a tech company or even leaving the East Coast after I graduate. After talking with many successful JMU alumni who work out in California, I realized how many doors just opened for me. All of the companies we visited I found to be highly desirable to work for. These companies valued a collaborative work environment, treating their employees well, and striving to make the world a better place. They desired to make new discoveries and to help others, which is something that I want to do in my career. I am so grateful for the Experiential Learning Trip to Silicon Valley. I have made incredible friends, memories, and opened my eyes up to a potential career path on the West Coast!

Taylor Lesinski:
The trip to Silicon Valley was such an eye opening and incredible experience. Not only did we get to tour offices of Fortune 500 companies, but we had the opportunity to meet and connect with extremely accomplished individuals in the area. Every company mentioned the importance of networking and connecting and this week we were given the opportunity to do so. This experience made the idea of packing up and moving out to California after graduation a lot more realistic. It was a week I will never forget and I am so happy I took advantage of the opportunity.

Caroline Cook:
On Sunday I packed a bag and boarded a plane with a group of strangers, and on Friday I decided to move to California the second after I graduate. As I’m sure you’ve read by now, we had an amazing time this week and got exposure to companies other students can only dream of. There are many things I’ll be taking with me in my back pocket after this trip, but what I believe to be the most valuable is a little motto I like to call, “sit at the kids’ table.” In your life you’re going to visit companies, and you’re going to want to network as much as you possibly can. Do not believe that you have to go through the top to get in. Every person you meet has something to offer, a story to tell, and they deserve your equal time, and attention, as much as the CEO does. You may find yourself competing for a spot at the top of the table, but if you sit at the kids’ table, you’ll have a good time too. This week I made a point at each company we visited to talk to the person who maybe wasn’t getting the most attention. I wanted to learn more about them and their story. People are good to those that are good to them. When you treat everyone like a CEO, and give them the time and attention they deserve, they can do some pretty incredible things for you. I’m now being connected to people all over California, across the country, and even across the globe. San Francisco is a very generous, and a very well connected place. So, if you’re going on one of these trips, or really any time in you life, just remember: don’t be afraid to sit at the kids’ table. You never know, the food might even be better over there.

Emma Kusi:
I am so grateful for being a part of this trip to the Bay Area. At every company, everyone was so welcoming and wanted to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. From this trip, I have learned the power of networking and that there is no limit for any of us as long as we work hard.  My absolute favorite experience was visiting Airbnb, because their culture was so captivating and beautiful to me. There are so many things that I have learned through this trip that I wouldn’t have gotten elsewhere and I will forever be thankful.

Neal Vespe:
On Sunday I boarded a plan to go to a place that I had never been to before and that I didn’t know much about. However, as soon as I arrived in the Silicon Valley, the west coast culture and lifestyle were now a reality. Being from New York, I was amazed to see how different the work environment and culture was on the West Coast. Originally, I felt that the “laid back” culture of the West Coast would take away from productivity in the workplace, however this was far from the case. I quickly realized that the collaboration and teamwork that the West Coast work environment focuses on really leads to success. Not only was I able to get a better insight on all the companies’ cultures and operations, but I was able to network and build relationships with many JMU alumni. One thing that especially stood out to me was when one alumnus said, “Never underestimate the value of a connection.” I really thought about that statement and realized the truth and value behind it. We should embrace and value every relationship that we make, big or small. Furthermore, all of the JMU alumni were so welcoming and helpful in all the advice they gave us. I want to thank JMU and all the companies for making this trip possible, especially the great faculty that included Samantha Collier, Molly Brown, and Carol Hamilton. The entire trip was a life changing experience and it gave me a new perspective on the business world and life. I am definitely considering a career in California and hope to be in the Bay area again in the near future!

Skylar Wolen:
Having never been to California before, I knew from the moment I applied for this trip that it would definitely teach me a few things. From the moment we stepped into the conference room for our first trip meeting we were all strangers, until the time we stepped off the plane we were already all close friends. Touring these top Fortune 500 companies, sitting down and hearing their story on how they ended up where they were was priceless and really changed the way I think about my career. These people didn’t go to Ivy league schools, or were the best in the class. They were all hard workers with great personalities and interpersonal skills. And, at the end of the day, it’s not about your experience, but who you are as a person. All of the employees at these companies worked there because of their passion to make a difference and have a real impact on society. Business culture in California is quite different from most places because of how relaxed and casual most people are. It works, though, because people want to work, they want to make progress and finish what they are doing. One thing to take away from these trips are the people you meet and the connections you make, because at JMU no matter how old you are or when you graduate, JMU alumni will always have your back and be willing to help you out when you need it.

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Thursday

The days this week have continually started earlier. This morning we left the hotel at 7:15 for breakfast at Cafe Borrone with Allison Von Hausen from Apple. She’s a 2013 graduate and spent some time talking with the ten of us and the Society of Entrepreneurship (SOE) students. Like many of the other alumni it was helpful to hear about her past experiences and apple since we were not able to visit the office.It was a little chilly but after a nice breakfast we set off to Google.

Our visit to Google was put together by a friend of Emma’s, Emmanuel Kai. We went to the visitor center and looked around at all the displays there including a ball pit, google maps earth surround display, nap pod (like the ones in the movie The Internship) and more. There we learned about Google and Emmanuel’s role as a software developer. Then we walked to main campus to visit the Google store and take some pictures.

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At Google there are colorful bikes all over campus for people to use to get from place to place. A few of a rode around on them to get the full experience until security came and informed that they were just for employee use. Oops! We said goodbye to the SOE group and departed for San Francisco one final time.

We got to the city a little earlier and walked around some. Although we have walked around the same area few times already, but at nighttime. During the day, it seemed like a whole new place. There was a flea market between the office buildings and the cable car tracks, and although it was quite pricey, still fun to look through. As we walked further towards the ferry docks the entire front of the Embarcadero was completely covered by food trucks and the sidewalks were mobbed with customers. We went inside to get some ice cream and went to the deck to soak in the sun and relax.

Our last company to visit on our trip was Salesforce. There we met with many JMU alumni: Woodson Martin, Lynne Zaledonis, Jessica Roth, David Donofrio, and John Taschek. Woodson treated us to a delicious lunch of subs and cookies while we learned more background information about the company. Salesforce is a customer resource management company, so they offer a platform for companies to use to better manage their companies. This company, like others we have visited, is experiencing huge growth. Additionally, Salesforce has been ranked by Forbes the most innovative company for the past four years. We spent some time discussing how a company needs to approach the market and what strategies Salesforce in particular uses to be innovative, in both continuous and disruptive ways. I found this particularly interesting as it is relevant to what I am learning in my technology and innovation class at school. One highlight of the presentation was when Lynne demonstrated one of the applications Salesforce uses. It is difficult to put into words, but, to see an application that can so easily sort and filter huge amounts of data securely was really impressive.

Another point that stuck out to me was that Woodson mentioned the movie War Games. None of the students in our group has seen this movie since it is about 25 years old, but it has been mentioned at no fewer than three of the companies we have visited. Our group has taken this as a sign that we should watch it. On a more serious note, Woodson gave us some advice that I wrote in my notes. Paraphrasing: “Wherever you end up working, whether it is here at Salesforce or any other company, I hope you take a little piece of what you liked best from each company with you.” I thought this was unique and valuable, especially since the business culture on the West Coast is noticeably different from that of the East Coast.

Once we finished, we headed out from the office in the One Market building to another, larger office building a few blocks away. While we were walking I had the opportunity to talk with Lynne a little more about women in leadership roles in business. She was able to give me some good advice on how to act in the business world and encouraged me to be confident and not afraid to ask for a different position or a client or even a raise. I personally genuinely appreciated spending time talking with Lynne about careers, work-life balance and diversity and being able to hear from a woman in such an instrumental role in such a large company.

At the next office we had the opportunity to meet with two recent graduates and past interns from Salesforce, Michelle and Clayton. They gave us a realistic preview and explanation of their internships and experiences in the company. The company culture of Salesforce, like many of the other companies we visited, was very collaborative and team-oriented. We then met with Haley, a university recruiter. She was able to give us some clear guidance on how to apply to internships and more specifics on what Salesforce offers. Then Woodson took us on a quick tour of the office and gave us some sweet swag to advertise the company, including a super soft long sleeved tshirt.

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After leaving the last building we embarked on another adventure: traveling on the cable cars. Thankfully, it was decently uneventful. At first I was worried we would not all fit in the car but it turned out to be fine. I commented to Molly that I had been on way more crowded buses at JMU all the time.

We rode the car to the end of it’s track to Pier 39. From there it was a short walk to Fisherman’s Wharf where we explored. We went into this museum that had a collection of old games and machines. All the girls found an old fashioned arm wrestling machine and took pictures to mimic the scene from the movie The Princess Diaries (great movie). From there we split up, my group grabbed dinner at In and Out. We took the food down by the Ghirardelli district and sat by the little beach with a distant view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Well, some of us ate there but the sea gulls were pretty aggressively trying (somewhat successfully) to get some French fries so a few people moved. One thing I have not mentioned at all was the size of the sea gulls everywhere in California. They are giant! At least compared to the ones we have in Delaware where I go to the beach but I was shocked by how big they are here.

We split up more and I went exploring in the shops and on the docks. I ended up sitting near Pier 39 and Forbes Island, which is just a small lighthouse but shares a name with the art center at JMU, while the sun was setting. There were about forty sea lions on the marina docks behind barking occasionally which added to coastal ambiance. After awhile, the group met up and headed back to the hotel. It is so strange to think that we are going back to Virginia already bright and early (really early) tomorrow morning. I can definitely say this week has been a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Wednesday

Every day seems to be giving more and more opportunities and valuable experiences and today was no different. After our incredible dinner last night with the Hinshaw’s and an introduction to HP, everyone was excited to experience a behind-the-scenes look at the company. Our day started out by visiting the house, or more specifically garage, where Bill Hewlett and David Packard started the company. Hedley Potts gave us an depth background and tour of the historic landmark and we took a few pictures. We then headed off to the HP corporate office to learn and see more about the company. I thought I should include a picture of the faculty on the trip since they have been so instrumental in this experience.

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Upon arriving at the office, we checked in and dropped off our stuff in the conference room and promptly started our tour of the facility. One of the coolest parts about the 2-year old building is this large tree in the middle of the courtyard. The entire building, which holds about 2,000 employees, had to be built around this tree since the state declared it historic. The office had a modern feel to it and was very open and light-colored. We were able to visit the offices, rather the “pods” or large cubicles, where the executives work. Although almost all of them were away on business, we were able to see Meg Whitman (the CEO’s) workplace.

After the tour, we went to a presentation by Alex, one of the employees who works in the security department of the company (CDC). He explained the ins and outs of his job and the monumental importance of security in relation to technology. We even got to see the “bat cave” where the security team works. Next, one of the heads of strategic marketing, Stefano Lindt spoke to us about big data analytics. It was helpful to hear what he had to say and how he explained the software side of HP. I did not realize how many different areas HP is involved in and it was really stunning to see how it will grow and be effective in the future. Learning about HP’s platform and the Haven was incredible, I personally had no idea how innovative, integrative and incredibly useful that software is to companies.

Our extravagant weekly dining continued at HP (veggies, rice, steak and fish) and then went to see the updated moonshot technology HP has recently released. On our way back upstairs to the conference room we stopped and used a Scout computer. I know I have used the word “cool” a lot in my posts but this  technology was really cool! It is an interactive scanner that replicates solid objects, turns them into pictures, and can then print the new creation. In the future it may include may include 3D printing. So cool! Then, we met up again with Esteban and Hedley for a wrap up presentation. They did such a great job coordinating our entire day and experience, I feel so spoiled and honored by the special treatment and care we have received all week, especially today. To know that people other than our families and professors care to invest in us and develop us is so humbling and encouraging. Besides all the advice and education we have received this past week, we also have been given a lot of swag (aka cool free stuff) varying from notepads and pens to styluses and pins and more. One of the main takeaways I had as overall from today was how the topics discussed in my classes and textbooks are actually relevant and important in the business. To see the application of my studies in real world scenarios makes everything more real and thus I see the value of my education even more.

After our HP adventures, we drove back to the hotel and had about half an hour to freshen up before heading back out. We drove into the city for our alumni reception networking event. We ended up getting there about an hour early so we walked around and experienced Chinatown and saw the Transamerica building (picture will be posted later!). The alumni networking event had a good turnout! We were joined by 20-25 alum from a variety of majors and careers and also by the JMU entrepreneur students. It was a valuable learning experience spending three hours networking with everyone. I enjoyed hearing all the stories of where alumni started from and how they got to where they are today. By the end of the night, we were all exhausted but definitely created some important connections.

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Tomorrow is our last full day here and the week has flown by. I am sure it will end on a high note and cannot wait to see what it holds!

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Tuesday

I feel like I have started every blog post with, “well, it was a long day”. Every day is long but we have been having some crazy experiences. Today we had a free morning and drove to Capitola Beach! Capitola is a small, cute beach town and it was pretty quiet. We spent about an hour and a half soaking in the sun and walking on the wharf and around on the beach. The Pacific water was pretty chilly but it still felt great being at the beach, smelling the salt air and listening to the rare, small waves. We even saw a seal peek out his head and swim around the pier!

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We ate an early lunch at a British pub, a bit of a random beach-side restaurant, but the food was decent. The group split up afterwards: some went shopping and others explored one of the cliffs. Be sure to check out the pictures once they are posted, we got some beautiful shots.

On the drive back to hotel, everyone was struggling to stay awake. After a 45 minute recoup, we set off to visit Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a venture capital firm. I have to admit, I was not quite sure what to expect on this visit. We had been told that a few start-ups associated with a16z were going to present to us and went in with eager anticipation. The office building was beautiful and the conference room we met in was prepared for us with professional black notepads and snacks. We are definitely thankful to Hedley Potts, Esteban, and Caitlin Hodge of HP for helping to coordinate and plan this visit. It was really amazing to learn about a16z from Stacy D’Amico and gain a better understanding of how the company works. She then introduced and facilitated the presentations and discussions with four start-ups.

The first company was GoodData: a software as a service business analytics company. Brendan and Stephanie presented and explained the company, answering any questions we had. They gave a good presentation of the relevance and growing importance of business analytics, and thus their company. Chris Stevens spoke representing the next company: Optimizely. I personally thought this start-up was especially neat, and since it was a little less technical and easier to understand. Optimizely uses A/B testing to help companies provide the best customer experiences possible. Chris showed us a live example of how the software can be used to check results for changing different parts of a website (our example was the JMU website). Next was Bracket Computing. Shalabh Mohan spoke to us about this company that has created the first Cloud Virtualization System using a computing cell. The last company to talk with us was Tanium. Ken Robinson described the business to us and provided us with background information on this high-growth security and systems management start-up. Protecting data is extremely important especially as the world becomes more and more technology-based and we got to see firsthand how Tanium does that.

After a time of Q/A with Stacy, we piled into the van and went to dinner with John Hinshaw, Executive Vice President of Technology and Operations. John and his family were wonderful hosts and showed incredible hospitality welcoming us into their home, showing us their vineyard, feeding us, and spending time giving us advice and just getting to know the whole group. Spending time talking with John and listening to his past experiences was enlightening and encouraging. Of all the wisdom he passed along to us, one thing he said in particular stood out to me. He said that one of the most important traits of a good business person is a balance of confidence and humility. Both are necessary skills, but often people fall too far on one side of the spectrum. I believe JMU helps provide students with a well-rounded foundation to achieve balance and it was good reminder to have John express how he saw that in us.

Every day we spend here I am constantly impressed by the strength of the JMU alumni network and today was no exception. I am  excited for tomorrow and the continued adventures and the opportunities to meet with the Bay Area alumni at the reception.

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Monday

The week has started off with a bang! We had a full-packed day which started by a big change of plans. We were originally supposed to take the Caltrain to the city but due to an accident, and thus delays, on the rails in the morning we drove the 15-passenger van into the city, hoping not to hit too much traffic. We made it there in pretty good time but the real challenge came when we had to park. Although we were able to park in Square’s parking, after pulling in, we realized that the van could not clear the height of the garage. With students jumping in and out a van to figure out what to do and trying to stay out of the way of traffic, Sam impressively backed the van out through the entrance gate. A very helpful security guard organized and directed us to park in a different garage and after driving around the block, we were finally able to park.

But that’s just the beginning of our adventures.

After parking, we walked about half an hour, managed to not get lost, and went to visit our first company: Airbnb. Since we arrived a little early, we took a pit stop at Starbucks. Pat and I were commiserating earlier in the day about how our phones lose their charges so fast and we discovered that the Starbucks has really cool wireless charging stations.

We arrived at Airbnb and were already in awe before we had even checked in. The lobby was colorfully decorated with a huge plant wall, hanging art made out of ping pong balls, and we were greeted by a dog as we walked in. This was the first of multiple dogs we saw throughout the building. After checking in, we went upstairs and met our two JMU alum tour guides: David Rabil and Shanna Torey. Throughout the tour, the company culture and focus was clear: very laid back and enjoyable, everyone seemed happy and to be friends with everyone else. Shanna mentioned at one point how extremely collaborative the work environment is and how helpful coworkers constantly are. I can honestly say I have never been to a business place like Airbnb: each meeting room is named after a different location and is a replica of an actual Airbnb host site. Our meeting room was called Paris and it was a beautiful, open and relaxing setting. The fridge was stocked with healthy drinks and there were snacks on the counter. The entire building supported the collaborative environment as people were working anywhere and everywhere. Two main parts of the building stood out: the brand evolution room and the kitchens. The brand reconstruction room documents the brainstorming process behind the recent rebranding of the company. Additionally, the kitchens and lunch rooms definitely stood out. Healthy food and drinks are constantly available (and free!) and David and Shanna noted that the chef was easily one of the most popular people in the company. Meeting with David and Shanna was a great experience. Listening to their stories of how they arrived at Airbnb and about their current roles now was definitely informative and convinced all of us, including the faculty, that Airbnb is THE place to work.

As we were trekking back to Square, Josh and I were discussing Airbnb and other companies and he had some deep words of wisdom that I wanted to share. “When you read a poem, it shouldn’t just tell you how to feel at the end. Like, if a poem tells you about a beautiful place, then you obviously know it’s beautiful. But a good poem shouldn’t have to state it clearly, it should reflect it throughout the whole poem. That’s how Airbnb was: as soon as I walked in, I could feel it.”

Next, we trekked back to Square and met with Caitlin Friel, another great JMU alum. Square’s layout was somewhat similar to that of Airbnb: very open and relaxed. Caitlin explained that one of the reasons that it is so open is because one of the values of the company is transparency. As we took a tour, Caitlin pointed out some handwritten notes by the founders of the company framed on one of the walls. This portrayed the beginning and uniqueness of the company. Caitlin encouraged us to keep our notes because “you never know what may come of them”. We ate in the huge cafeteria at Square, and the food was delicious! In retrospect of the two days we have been here, we have been eating really well. The food at Square was all very healthy and buffet style- I had chicken, steak, asparagus, and king-sized prawns. Spending time talking with Caitlin over lunch reinforced some of what we had previously heard from other alums. The pattern of working for a few years on the east cost and then up-and-leaving for California. She gave us some good advice and ended the trip with taking a few pictures outside on the 9th floor balcony with a beautiful view. Then, the next chapter of our adventure commenced.

The next business on our schedule to visit was VISA, and the office is much closer to the bay, about a 10 minute drive from Square. Because parking is such a hassle in the city, we took Uber to Visa and left the van in the parking lot. There are 13 people in our group but only two people were allowed in each car. Slowly, we grouped into cars and eventually made it to VISA. My car ride was very interesting as I could barely understand anything the driver was saying, but whatever it was, he was saying it very enthusiastically. Once we all arrived at VISA and regrouped, JMU alum Esther Lee greeted us and brought us to the office where we checked in and then met with another JMU alum, Michael Ross, the head of global HR for VISA. Michael and Esther spent about an hour with us, sharing their backgrounds, explaining what VISA actually does, and answering many of the questions we had. VISA definitely had a different feel from Airbnb and Square, which we attribute to Visa being an established company as opposed to a more recent start-up. A university recruiter also spoke with us about their internship opportunities and entry-level jobs. At the end of our meeting, we had a photo-op with Michael and then took a tour of the facility. Michael walked us through the rooms of the building which includes an innovation room.

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We then went downstairs to dinner at a beautiful restaurant called Rosa Mexicano. The dinner was delicious: it was family style but my favorite part was definitely the churros we had for dessert. Delicious! Spending some more time getting to know Michael and Esther and receiving career advice was great and very encouraging. It is so cool to see how the JMU alumni network is growing and how the community continues even after we graduate.

After dinner, Sam and Emma went back to Square to get the van and the rest of us explored the ferry docks by the bay. It was a clear, slightly chilly evening but the view of the Bay Bridge all lit up was stunning (look for pictures to be posted soon). We piled in the van, tired, and are now back at the hotel, all very excited for tomorrow and our time at Capitola Beach!

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Sunday

Today has been a long day, but definitely an adventure. Our group arrived at Dulles around 8am and after making it through security and checking in, we took off around 10am. We landed around 1pm PST, grabbed all our stuff and split into two groups. My group packed into a rental van and we took off to the hotel. Since we landed at the San Francisco airport it took us about 40 minutes to get to our hotel in Menlo Park. After getting our room assignments I dumped my stuff, changed into shorts and went to sit by the pool.

The weather was absolutely beautiful, about 70 degrees, and the students all went to explore for a few hours. We trekked to Stanford University and soaked up the sun while exploring the beautiful, old campus. Walking around everyone kept commenting on how hard it would be focus and study in such a stunning place. Since we had some time before dinner, we hung out on the Main Quad, enjoying the great weather, peoplewatching and getting to know each other. I have to say, we do not have palm trees like this on our campus.

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Next, we walked to downtown Palo Alto for dinner at Gordon Biersch. Dinner was delicious and we were able to eat and spend that time with a JMU alum, David Nebinski. David answered a lot of questions we had about life in California, both work and personal, and was able to give us a clear perspective as someone who had moved from the east coast to the west. He currently works for a start-up called TransitScreen and spent time explaining his role to us and elaborating on what it is like working for a start-up.

So all-in-all, it’s been a great first day, although a very long one. I’m sure everyone will sleep well tonight, ready for the busy schedule we have planned for tomorrow.

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Follow JMU College of Business Students on their Experiential Learning Trip to California!

JMU’s College of Business Experiential Learning Trips Blog

Welcome to our Experiential Learning Trips blog!  Learn more about how students are using this experience for career exploration and business networking. Students on the trip will post comments and photos about their experiences visiting companies and networking with business executives in Silicon Valley/San Francisco during JMU’s Spring Break!

Special thanks to JMU College of Business senior Hannah Nyberg for creating this blog for our 2015 trips!

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