If you’re going to San Francisco…

McKayla Marcola

I have been apart of the Technext team since the fall of 2017, and this will be my second and final time traveling with the group to San Francisco. Since this is my second trip with the group I know what to expect and have planned my days, and wardrobe accordingly, but for all those who have never been to this vibrant city here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Business Casual means jeans and a nice shirt.
Being from the Midwest whenever I’m told to dress business casual that includes dress pants and a formal button up shirt with a pair of well-kept dress shoes. In San Francisco it’s not about how you dress it’s about what you know. So don’t be afraid of looking too casual, impress them with your knowledge not with your threads.
2. It’s okay to fail as long as you learn from it.
San Francisco is the center of the tech startup community in California. Talking with past executives of failed start ups they would casually mention how they lost anywhere from $50,000- $100,000 in stockholder cash because their business went under. In the Midwest its shameful enough that your business failed now add on top of it that you lost thousands of dollars, you would be shamed for the rest of your life, but not in Silicon Valley. Failure is seen as a learning experience not as a shameful act. The more you fail the more you learn is the collective attitude in the valley.
3. Adventure is out there; don’t be afraid to take that leap.
Last time the team was in Silicon Valley many of our members were offered interviews for the starts up on the spot but may were too afraid to take it. For one reason or another students turned down their offers. If life gives you an opportunity I suggest you take it because life is an adventure and you never know what’s up ahead.

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