2023 Summary Report

   In May 2023, a group of 12 MSU students embarked on a trip to Silicon Valley and San Francisco. Through company visits and engaging discussions, we delved into Silicon Valley culture, expanding our horizons and fostering personal growth. Join us as we retrace some of the highlights from our trip:

In the Clouds

What were the most memorable moments from the trip?

What were your favorite visits/events during the trip?

By The Numbers

Valuable Connections:

Our participants made an impressive average of 7.92 LinkedIn connections (SD = 0.86) outside of their MSU network. One attendee made 20 connections as a result of this trip.

New Friends:

Beyond professional connections, our attendees formed an average of 4.42 new likely-to-be-close friends during this trip. These bonds, formed in just a matter of a week have become an invaluable source of support and growth for our attendees.

Trip Enjoyment and Inspiration:

Our group made many memories on this trip. 100% of attendees reported strongly or extremely (4 or 5 on a 5-pt scale) enjoying the trip. In addition, 83% felt strongly or extremely inspired during the trip.

Self Reflection:

100% of attendees believed the trip was extremely relevant to their personal self reflection. This trip provided our group with the space to feel inspiration and reflect on our lives, paving the way for personal growth and transformation.


On average, we walked a mean of 8580.83 steps per day with a standard deviation of 4404.08 steps per day.

Attendee Feedback

Relevance to career/major planning and academic/intellectual growth:

Bonding with our peers and growing together:

New Friends:

Trip Enjoyment: 

“...[the bagel picnic was my favorite] because everyone there was most relevant to my energy. It was so beautiful there, the food was busting, and I had really good conversations with those present. I just wish I had more time to talk to more people! But the conversations were also the most relevant to me and my career, and were inspirational. I liked how it was informal but still informational and scenic, LOL the perfect balance”

Memorable moments: