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Facebook is seemingly its own town with its Disney-inspired architecture and street-like infrastructure. It gave students the opportunity to think outside of the box and become more open-minded to the world.
In the month of March, all Emery/Weiner Upper School students take an annual trip to broaden their horizons and expand their knowledge outside of the classroom. This year, the sophomore class had the privilege of traveling to San Francisco, a diverse and welcoming city with so many ethnicities, religions and cultural backgrounds.
We toured Google and Facebook, where both companies allow their employees to shine brightly and excel at whatever it is they do best, making their campuses equally unique. This concept was embedded throughout the activities on the trip, so students really had the freedom to explore the unknown and find their passion. We had many opportunities for free time, and I feel that it was then that we discovered so much about San Francisco and life outside of class.
Emery is an open environment that does not only want its students to thrive in the classroom, but they wish for them to use their knowledge from the classroom and apply it to the real world. This trip was so useful to the students because we faced so many personal challenges that could ultimately contribute to our development later in life. The sophomore trip influenced us to take a more open-minded approach to the unfamiliar, which is a valuable life lesson most students don't get to learn before college.