Student Shout-Out: Jenna at the Giants Game!

Just wanted to give a shout-out to sophomore Communication Studies major Jenna Douvikas! Why? Because she sang the national anthem at a San Francisco Giants game earlier this semester! Check her out on the jumbotron!

COMS major Jenna singing the national anthem!

COMS major Jenna singing the national anthem!

Congratulations to Jenna on her performance!

If you are a Communication Studies major up to something great inside or outside of the classroom, I want to hear about it! Contact me at edoohan@usfca.edu.


New Student Chronicles: Kelsey Duff

If you are rubbing your eyes wondering if you could possibly be seeing two blog posts in one week when we have been quiet for so long, I don’t blame you! But I was too excited to introduce you to one of our new Communication Studies majors that I couldn’t wait any longer! Help me welcome Kelsey Duff to USF! She has agreed to document her first semester here on the blog for us! Here she is…

“Hey everyone! My name is Kelsey Duff and I am a freshman, Communication Studies Major at USF! Leaving my hometown of Somerset, MA seems so far to others, but I am already excited about everything San Francisco has to offer! I am sure you are all wondering why this 18-year-old girl wanted to fly all the way across the country to go to the University of San Francisco. Well, I can tell you that when I visited this school last March with my family it was love at first sight. From the beautiful hilltop views, the stellar school clubs, the overall beautiful campus, and having this all located in THE BEST CITY EVER, what more could a student possibly want?

New COMS major Kelsey

New COMS major Kelsey

First day of moving in was exciting, nervewrecking, and busy.  Everything was planned to the nines for the new students even to the point where I received a 3 musketeer on my desk as I entered my room! My room and the school itself were starting to feel like home instantly. Once the bed had been made, pictures had been hung, and the overall convocation ceremony had been performed, I felt like I had officially become a Don.

As I began to attend all of my new classes, I got to know the campus better. Yes, the views are extraordinary at Lone Mountain I assure you, however the hike up to get to class is certainly a workout! But after the first week it’s a piece of cake! I certainly will not gain the “freshman 15” going up that mountain. Either that or the Koret Recreational Center will surely keep me in shape! Koret has so much to offer! The other night my roommates and I did Zumba! What a fun workout!


No need to go to Koret...

No need to go to Koret…

One thing I have definitely looked forward to about this school was visiting the city with my friends and just going to different kinds of events, restaurants, and shopping districts. On our first weekend off, my roommates, Danielle and Macie, and I used the MUNI pass for the first time and went to Union Square. Now you have to understand the excitement when I saw a two-level Forever 21. It was awesome! What girl wouldn’t love that large amount of space filled with brand-new fashion-forward clothes?

My roommates and I love the independence we get from going in the city! In fact, just buying groceries for our dorm makes us feel a little grown up inside. We all just love walking around town trying to figure out how to get from here to there and enjoying the overall San Francisco scenery! I love going to Golden Gate Park for a run and seeing the beautiful garden displays they have there. The flowers are absolutely stunning, and the park is always maintained well. The fresh air, beautiful views, and fun paths make the run even more worth it than just getting into shape.

Some scenery we found in San Francisco!

Some scenery we found in San Francisco!

Overall I am beginning to adapt to San Francisco as my new home! Even though I may be far away from Massachusetts and I am missing my family and friends at times, I know it is all worth it. I look forward to telling you more about my experiences at USF and thanks for reading!”

Thank you, Kelsey! We are glad you are enjoying USF!


New Student Chronicles: Kianna Fernandez

I am happy to be back to the blog after some unintended time away and I am excited today to introduce one of our new Communication Studies majors, Kianna Fernandez. Kianna has agreed to be a guest blogger and share her thoughts during her first semester here at USF! Here she is…

“Hey everybody, I’m Kianna Fernandez from the small town of ‘livable, lovable, Lodi’ (as we call it) two hours East of San Francisco. For years I had eagerly waited for the moment I would be on my own, out of a small town and into a new world I’d get to discover myself. It was not until I had my dad’s truck piled high with boxes of clothes, okay probably too many clothes, shoes, oh ya and school supplies (that’s what college is really for right?) that I realized how fast the time had really gone!!

New COMS major Kianna

New COMS major Kianna

Like any freshman leaving home for the first time, I grew somewhat anxious of the new life I would live on my own. Yes, there were countless tears shed in my first weekend here as I said goodbye to my two younger brothers and my parents. That’s normal…there’s beauty in knowing you have something so special it makes saying goodbye so hard. Don’t forget though, college is pretty special too.

Through my first few weeks, I’ve learned the importance of branching out; leave your comfort zone- try out the new exercise class at the gym, meet a friend who lives across the hall, try every food imaginable at the café, and most importantly, challenge yourself in and outside the classroom to question and explore everything.

The University of San Francisco boasts a diverse, lively playground many people travel around the world to experience.

I’m lucky enough to call San Francisco my home. Take advantage of everything this city has to offer. Ride Muni for the first time during rush hour, packed like sardines, laughing with your new family the whole way. Go to Union Square and take touristy pictures with the hearts on every corner. Ride to Fishermen’s Wharf twice in one day to enjoy a clam chowder bread bowl for lunch and a Ghirardelli mint chocolate chip sundae for dessert. (Just watch out for the seagulls…they’re smarter than they look and have quite the obsession with seafood as my friend sadly found out).

Kianna and her new USF friends... Go Dons!

Kianna and her new USF friends… Go Dons!

Already, San Francisco has become my home and people I just met over a week ago quickly became family. I once read a quote (sad to admit I’m Pinterest obsessed) ‘sometimes it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.’  Right now…in this moment, in my dream city, on this too-amazing-for-words campus I’m happy.

Take every moment and make it worth remembering…go on the Welcome Weekend trips to Union Square or Walking the Golden Gate Bridge, watch Family Feud in the lounge, laugh until your abs hurt, scream with your roommate about how Ezra Fitz couldn’t possibly be A after watching the Pretty Little Liars season finale. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, so make the most out of every second, because sometimes, if you’re lucky enough your reality will finally become better than your dreams.”

Thanks Kianna! We’re so glad you are enjoying your first few months here at USF! We’ll check in with Kianna again later in the semester.