A weekend in San Francisco: #SNDSF

Last week, I spent my time in the beautiful "oil-painted" city of San Francisco, California. I ventured off West for the annual Society for News Design Conference. I am the president of the Society for News Design aka a graphic design club at Ole Miss. I was accompanied by society officers, Caroline & Morgan. We all had received travel grants to attend to the annual conference in SF. This was an opportunity that none of us could pass up. So I packed up my EXACTLY 50 lb. lime green suitcase and set off on Thursday morning at 3 a.m.

We arrived in SF and immediately went to the San Francisco Chronicle, which is the city's CRAZY GOOD + IMPRESSIVE newspaper! We met up with our advisors and many other students from universities around the world. We had portfolio reviews and mini student sessions from many renowned designers. After a day of work at the Chronicle, we headed to the Green Room across from the elaborate City Hall. At the Green Room, we enjoyed an open bar (with one too many vodka sodas with double limes, might I add) and scrumptious d'oeuvres. We mingled the night away and ended up a rinky dink burger place called The Grubsteak. Eventually, we called it a night.

The 2-day conference of #SNDSF began the next morning bright and early. The day consisted of:

- A keynote speaker: Kawandeep Virdee, Embedly

- I attended the hands-on workshop with Lucio Villa, SFChronicle and Chris Courtney of Bloc

- Went to a yummy pizza place for lunch (y'all know I love my pizza)

- Another hands-on workshop with Chris Courtney & Tran Ha of the Stanford d. school. Check out my student news article, here. Writing this story was apart of my volunteer hours. I really enjoyed the session, as much as I did covering it for SND.com. In the session, we used the technique of "gift giving" to relate it back to the process of "design thinking."

- Keynote: Rodrigo Sanchez, El Mundo aka A DESIGN GOD

- Went to a cocktail hour at The Showdown Bar, played in the photo booth and chatted with SF natives.

- KARAOKE... need I say more. I didn't go to bed until 3 a.m. that night.

Second day of the conference, I was in charge of tweeting the auction items on the SND main Twitter account (what an honor)! I attended speakers all day from Time Magazine,Rare.us, Facebook and Variety Magazine. Oh... and almost lost my new Apple watch. Thankfully a sweet soul turned it in.

The night ended with the most beautiful and humbling gala. We sipped on classy cocktails and chatted with designers from the American City Business Journals, USA Today and Variety Magazine. Best of all: we revealed the world's best newspaper: Die Zeit.

SURPRISE: I even got an award. I was seriously so surprised! I received the Bill Dunn Student Volunteer Award. Then cried in my professor's arms because of a mix of emotions: 1) I am a graduating senior 2)I love SND 3) I love SF and 4) I was reminiscing on all the great opportunities SND has given me! Overall, it was an incredible night!

We decided to stay a few extra days and explore the city! I am SOO happy we did. We hit up some of the most amazing landmarks and restaurants in the city. We even got invited back to tour the SFChronicle.

Enjoying a beer & mini doughnuts on the Pier.

We got to meet up with my cousin Ashley and her husband, Riz. We had lunch at the Burger Bar at Macy's. We had a stunning view of Tiffany's and Union Square. We spent the rest of the day shopping.

R.I.P bank account....

An obvious stop: In-N-Out Burger.

Strolling down Pier 39. Then off to see the seals. BTW: They smell. Like awful.

Sushirrito... The greatest burrito rolled up in sushi alive!

Visiting the seals at Pier 39.

Another obvious stop: The Golden Gate Bridge. Oh & our Uber driver was a rapper. So there's that.

The trip was more than amazing! We had the best time and the best sightseeing adventures! Until next time, SF!