First Semester at San Francisco State College
I often like to brag that my first semester at San Francisco State College’s tuition was only $72. Today it’s about $3500 as my daughter is now in her third year there as a business major. It has gone up more than 500% in ONLY forty one years!
I went straight from high school to SF State. Coming from a predominantly Chinese and Asian American majority student body elementary school, junior high school and high school, SF State was a shock.
A lot of the older students were still hyped up about the third world strikes at SF State the prior year. The Asian American studies department were in it’s infancy. A lot of the classes were like rap sessions.
I was able to get into the art department in my second semester. It was full to the capacity. I was dissappointed with the art department but got into photography within the art department.
On the Asian American studies I wanted to get into the history of the Chinese in America but was dissapointed it was only a one semester class. They had Cantonese classes in my first year which was pretty good. In my last year I got into Chinese (Mandarin) as well.
I always took a PE class. I got into swimming. To this day, lap swimming is one of my regular exercises. I got into judo too.
I stayed an extra two semesters to learn Chinese and finish up a GE requirement. I got a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SF State.