San Francisco was not just another item on Kati’s bucket list – she knew for years that one day, she would live on the American West Coast. “I always wanted to work where the tech industry was born,” she says. Yet, she did not want to rely on chance alone. Instead, she planned on writing her master’s thesis in San Francisco. Not an easy undertaking – the American universities’ demands are as high as the number of applicants. Schmidt applied to forty colleges in the Bay Area before San Francisco State University invited her to spend the summer as a guest researcher. “I instantly fell in love with the city, with the people here, with the vibe, the dynamic,” the native Münsteran said. And she wanted to come back – for good. An aim she pursued consistently ever after, meticulously documenting her efforts on her personal blog, KaliforniaKati.