Jan 12, 2010, 4:52 PM
Post #5860 of 6279
You know, I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for twenty years and while I was in love with "the city" as a teen, the older I get the more ambivalent I am towards the area. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes I miss it, as well as the food (especially the food), the shopping, the things to do. But, I just visited my dad in Orinda (over the hills from the city) and was a little unimpressed by the whole area. It's just another place to live. I guess I don't understand why someone, anyone, is willing to go to an unfunded MFA program, go into debt, spend waaay too much on a crappy apartment in a crappy part of town, live half of their life in traffic, among other things.
I understand why people love San Francisco and other areas (Monterey and pretty much any coastal town is just amazingly gorgeous), but here's a suggestion that I have for all those people. The Sacramento area has good food and some things to do, UC Davis sounds like a great program, and SF is only a two + hour drive depending on traffic. And, it's closer to Tahoe, I think it's 2 + hours away from that, too.
I'm not trying to sound judgmental and I get that people want what they want, but it's not going to change your life. You're not going to suddenly have oodles of friends and hang out with celebrities or anything. At most, you'll go to a few good bars and eat at some good restaurants and shiver in the perpetual fog. It's nice, but it's not Heaven.
Also, I did two years at St. Mary's College as an undergrad before transferring out, and while I know nothing about the MFA, I HATED that place. It's in the middle of a suburb, it's basically a ghost town after 12 (it's a big commuter school), and all the students are angry because they didn't get into Pepperdine, even thoughparents did buy them a Escalade as a consolation. It's really small, smaller than my high schoool. It's far from BART, still 30-40 minutes from SF. I honestly, hardly learned a thing there. Again, I don't know if that has anything to do with the MFA, but maybe something to think about.