Ocean's blog was published in the J. Weekly's opinion section on February 9, 2018
On Saturday, October 14th, I was registered to run in a 5k. I had been training for a few weeks and I was excited to run it with my partner. As the date approached, and my anticipation increased, the sky changed colors. It was an alarming orange and there were bits of ash falling from above. The race was cancelled. That was what the fires in Northern California meant to me; they were an inconvenience.
In retrospect, that was truly a self-centered perspective.
We are so excited to introduce our first alumni spotlight! Each individual in our community has a unique story, and that certainly doesn’t end past their time in college. Ongoing connection matters to us, which is why this will be the first of many stories. We hope you enjoy, and Happy New Year!
Mira graduated from SF State in 2015. Originally from LA, Mira couldn’t wait to live in San Francisco and explore the city. She was nervous about entering a new world - mostly using public transportation for the first time - but more than anything she was excited to make new friends, grow as a person, and welcome new experiences.