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Life at San Francisco State University – From Gael to Gator

January 11, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School graduate Sabrina Tabaracci loves Dublin. However, with each passing day, she is discovering more reasons to love San Francisco. recently sat down with this 2016 alumna to discuss her initial experiences as a student at San Francisco State University.


Sabrina has had a very full experience as a youth. She has participated in the Girl Scouts and has participated in multiple sports throughout the past +ten years. So, it may not be a surprise that she wished to cultivate a career that would mirror her interest in sports – specifically in physical therapy. With her high school graduation looming about a year ago, she would need to make specific decisions relative to college applications. Further, as a lettered athlete, Sabrina would need to determine how large of a role that soccer would continue to be in her life. She had to look no further than her mother, Kristine, who completed collegiately at CSU East Bay (Hayward).

We found her insights to be fascinating. Many of our finest education institutions are located in rural/suburban locations. SFSU is planted firmly with the urban confines of San Francisco. We share her story now. When pursuing the study of Kinesiology, are there a wide or limited variety of college institutions to consider?  How did you conclude that SFSU would be the best choice for you?

img_2960Sabrina Tabaracci: “There are a wide variety of colleges that offers that major. All of the schools I applied to actually had Kinesiology to offer. However, the other schools I applied to didn’t have specific types of Kinesiology as a major and San Francisco State did. While applying to schools and seeing all different types of Kinesiology majors on the list, this really stood out to me. Especially since I want to pursue physical therapy as my career, SF State actually had the major “Kinesiology: Physical Therapy”. And out of all the schools I applied to, that was the only school that had that many different options for Kinesiology.” Please describe your current living situation and expand upon what other options that you had.

Tabaracci: “Currently, I am living in one of the more expensive housings that the school has to offer, because you get your own bathroom, living room and kitchen. There were also the basic freshman dorms that are offered on campus, however, I really loved having the option to live in an apartment style dorm my freshman year in college.”  As a Bay Area native, you’ve had many opportunities to visit San Francisco.  But, please explain the experience of living in the City everyday.  What do you really like about it?

Tabaracci: “Being able to get the chance to live in such a beautiful city like San Francisco was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I absolutely love living in the city, mostly because it just has so much to offer. The people are great and you get to experience so many different types of cultures. Being in college, I truly feel like it is a place where you find out many thing about yourself and about your future and being able to live in such an accepting place really makes you feel comfortable. I wouldn’t trade going to college in San Francisco for anything, because it is such an amazing experience and when you’re living in the City you truly realize how much the Bay Area has to offer.”

img_2957 You had mentioned that you elected to join a sorority – perhaps something that you had not considered in the past.  Take us through the process and share why you feel that this was a positive decision.

img_2634Tabaracci: “Knowing that I was staying close to home, I really didn’t expect to get very homesick, but I did. And, it hit me hard. I think many kids going off the college don’t expect to get homesick, but I honestly think that it happens to just about everyone. You get used to it after your first couple months, but at first it’s pretty hard. It really made me make my decision to join a sorority because you get to meet so many different people. After joining, I realized that it was probably one of the best decisions that I made up to that point of my college experience. All of my best friends at school are in my sorority and I wouldn’t trade joining a sorority for the world.” College offers must less daily structure than in high school.  Articulate your thoughts on time management in terms of addressing all of your goals.

Tabaracci: “Everyone is different when dealing with their daily structures, but that is what makes college so great. If you’re not a morning person, then you don’t even have to take morning classes! It’s such a great feeling knowing that you can finally choose your own schedule, unlike high school where you have a set schedule every day. Time management really depended on what days I had a lot of classes. On Tuesdays and Thursdays this last semester, I only had one class so that’s when I chose to do most of my homework.” Soccer has been a very large part of your life.  Explain how it remains a central element in your life and how else do you spend your “down time?”

Tabaracci: “Soccer was always a huge part of my life, and I was so sad when I thought I was done playing once I graduated. (Since I decided not to play for an actual college team.) However, I am now playing on an intramural team on campus, which has been great. It’s much more laid back than what I was used to, but I am just glad that I am still playing in general. On the weekends, I have explored some of the amazing spots that the City has to offer with my friends, since there is so much to do in San Francisco. I can honestly say that there doesn’t go a day where I am bored in the City, and it’s been great.”

So, Sabrina chose to stay in the Bay Area and to live right off campus at SFSU, she’s pursuing the degree of her dreams and has refused to remove soccer from her existence. She has appeared to achieve a perfect college trifecta. And for the students contemplating life in the big city, here is a testimonial.


  1. Catherine Brown permalink
    January 11, 2017 6:39 am

    We have known Sabrina since she was in kindergarten with my daughter and she was in my Girl Scout troop. She is a smart, kind, fun and hardworking young lady and I know she will be successful at whatever she pursues. I am so glad she shared her experience with homesickness and what she did to overcome it. This may help other students feel less alone if they experience it too. Way to go Sabrina!!

    • Michael Utsumi permalink
      January 12, 2017 11:21 pm

      Thank you for your expressions, Catherine. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my visit with Sabrina.

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