MAP students take annual trip to Angel Island

November 5, 2015 — by Julia Miller and Elizabeth Lee

Fifty junior Media Arts Program students headed to Angel Island at 8 a.m on Oct. 22 to get a first-hand experience at one of California’s historical attractions, Angel Island.

Fifty junior Media Arts Program students headed to Angel Island at 8 a.m on Oct. 22 to get a first-hand experience at one of California’s historical attractions, Angel Island. Located on the outskirts of San Francisco, Angel Island is well known for its rich history in different eras.

“This trip was not only a great bonding experience between the students and teachers, but we were also able to visit some really interesting places,” junior Daviana Berkowitz-Sklar said.

To get to the island, the students boarded a ferry that took them to Angel Island. Students went on a tram tour around it and stopped at important historical spots such as the detention barracks and the island's hospital, where they were able to examine carvings on the walls made by the immigrants who were detained there a century ago.

Students then stopped for lunch at a site on the island that showed the entire San Francisco Bay. Stomachs filled, the juniors traveled back to the ferry that would transport them back to shore.

“Our walk back to the ferry was beautiful and we were all taking pictures along the way,” junior Grace Rothschild said. “After our boat ride, we got back onto the bus, most of us were exhausted and fell asleep from the great day we had together.”

Rothschild said it was cool to see in person what they were learning from their lectures, and that the trip was not only a great learning experience for MAP juniors, it brought them close together as well.

“It was great being able to bond with them outside of the usual classroom setting,” Rothschild said. “Overall, it was a really fun trip.”