If it's one thing I've learned since going away to school, it's that it feels like 7/10 people at UCLA are from the Bay Area. Moreover, I've learned that the Bay Area spans much larger than I assumed growing up (I mean, San Pedro! A part of the Bay? Who knew?). That being said, I've realized that things that I thought were a part of the typical Bay Area experience are much more nuanced and specific to the place I call home- the San Francisco Peninsula. Here are 10 things only kids from cities like San Mateo or Millbrae can understand.
1. All of the glorious memories from Outdoor Ed.
My first kiss was with a banana slug! I was literally sobbing as I sang, "Just say goodbye with some hello in your goodbye!"
2. Craving Tpumps.
Need I say more?
3. Being boxed in by Teslas on 280
An experience so frustrating even YG referenced it.
4. Everyone's #rip dreams after not getting into Stanford
We all love our schools, but if you're from the Peninsula and didn't grow up going on Stanford field trips and fantasizing about the day you'd go there only to be rejected, are you really from the Peninsula?
5. Desperately trying not to fall asleep on Caltrain
Caltrain - the OG, before-you-could-drive way to get to Burlingame Tpumps.
6. Being intimidated by the crazy intense Silicon Valley kids
*Sweating out of fear during Model UN* as the delegate from United Kingdom AKA Silicon Valley rips my resolution apart.
7. The struggle of deciding whether to take 280 or 101
Huge hill or crazy traffic- take your pick.
8. Roadtripping to Chick-Fil-A!
How we all wish it was closer than Sunnyvale.
9. Calling SF your home because nobody knows where the Peninsula is
San Carlos? Where's that?
10. Missing the Peninsula with all your heart when you leave it
This may just be for me, but I know that when I'm in LA I often catch myself day dreaming about cruising down El Camino to my favorite boba shop back home! I consider myself so lucky to call the Peninsula home, and can't wait to be back this summer!