POV: Images From Silicon Valley

Abigail Grubbs/ June 11, 2024/ 2024

Is that my bestie in a Tessie? Following our tour of the Tesla Factory in Fremont, the group was given the opportunity to sit behind the wheel of the Showroom vehicles. We later met with Duke Alum Charlie Haley, who gave us the inside scoop of Tesla and their business.

San Francisco has a lot of interesting little nooks and crannies (and elevators). Exploring on weekends made for a great study break and created some core memories. In this picture, we were on our way to dinner at Applebee’s (for nostalgia’s sake) at Fisherman’s Wharf.

We attended a San Francisco Giants game to meet with Duke Alum Bill Schlough, Chief Information Officer for the team. The night was made by a Giants win and a new jersey.

After being given the opportunity to meet with Eddy Cue at Apple Park, the group explored the Apple Visitor Center, which hosts this incredible VR display of the Park!

I greatly enjoyed our visit to Google Headquarters. Sean D’Souza and the others we met were very honest and open about the company’s people-driven and people-focused mission. The campus was extremely colorful and was home to lots of cute Androids like this one! We toured the Google Store at the end of our visit as well!

This image is from the San Carlos Train Station. The Caltrain is cheap and a great way to get to and from San Francisco! Not having a car is a great opportunity to become more enmeshed in the local community via public transportation and exploring on foot.

Kyle is a rising junior from Monroe, NC. At Duke, she is pursuing a Program II: Social Inequities in Urban Environments: Design, Advocacy and Planning alongside a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Nu Omicron Chapter and Duke Street Medicine Dance group. She enjoys music, art and reading. She is excited to take advantage of the opportunity to explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley and apply it to her interests in non-profit enterprises.

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