By Kayla Genord
Soon after our arrival, I realized the difference.
Another state was not the only thing separating the lives of the locals from my own.
Nice buildings and beautiful views covered the area where I stayed.
For the most part, all I saw was what the media had been showing me from Michigan.
Running through the city and hopping on cable cars, I found myself becoming aware.
A bundle of separate worlds exist within the larger city called San Francisco, each with a reality that is unique to that neighborhood.
Nice parts of town could transform to rough parts around a single corner.
Confidently, I told myself I had known all that San Francisco had to offer via the media.
In a short and action-filled week, I had seen firsthand the missing pieces of San Francisco.
So many times I have limited myself to the “reality” media has shown me, until now.
Cautiously, I have diverged from the media, and opted to discover on my own what media representations have