International Journey: The Story of a GGU Marketing Student

Ruslan Farman is working toward a BS in Management with a concentration in Marketing.

One of the primary reasons I chose GGU was for its downtown location. It is very close to where I live, and I like the convenience of different food shops and the vibrant atmosphere. Although I have been in the US for 11 years, I love being around the many international students on campus. It makes me feel very comfortable to surround myself in a safe environment – and a bit less homesick.

Over a period of three years, I also have also lived in Italy, Japan, and the Netherlands. I grew up mostly in Kazakhstan and have lived in Russia. I think San Francisco would be attractive for Russians in particular because they love the tech boom and are interested in the fields of accounting and taxation.

GGU is different from other colleges because I am learning about my field from professionals that currently hold positions in the real world. This is a better way of learning business as opposed to only books or only retired professionals. I am also getting additional experience as a marketing assistant in GGU’s marketing and communications department.

When I was in Japan, I fell in love with the billboards in an area very much like Times Square. I decided to major in marketing because I want to give other people that same feeling of excitement.

Success Coach and Advising

I had a difficult time balancing my work commitments and GGU classes at first. With the help of one of the GGU Success Coaches, Bree Butler, I was able to adapt to a realistic schedule within two weeks. Bree guided me with questions to ponder about my student life and helped me create a realistic schedule to complete the degree. At any time, I can text her and she will respond with all the answers. If I need to chat about scheduling difficulties, or any other student related life situation, she’s there to discuss possible success options.

I don’t have to worry about administrative tasks to keep enrolled and moving forward. A month into the program, I was connected with Saba Sohail, the Assistant Director Advising Services, who mapped out GGUs Path to Completion with me. Saba makes every semester easy by registering me for all the classes we planned out. If at any point I’d like to make a change to my schedule or make another kind of request she’s there to help via SMS within minutes. I use the GGU App to track down networking events and try and attend them as much as possible on my free time.

My aspirations

When I was in Japan, I fell in love with the billboards in an area very much like Times Square. I decided to major in marketing because I want to give other people that same feeling of excitement. It is so much fun to market a product, to think of the person’s lifestyle and make them want to incorporate it in their lives.



San Francisco – The Best Place to Go to College?

San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, inspiring a kind of affection summed up in Tony Bennett’s anthem to the city – I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Nearly 25 million tourists from around the globe visit each year to enjoy landmarks such as the “international orange” Golden Gate Bridge, zig-zagging Lombard Street, and the iconic trolley cars that climb up and down the steep city streets.

If you don’t think of San Francisco as a “college town,” think again. San Francisco ranks first for higher education in the US, according to the trusted American Institute of Economic Research (AIER). AIER looked the criteria most important to prospective students: quality of life and economic climate, including:

• Public transportation
• Options for walking and biking
• Arts and entertainment
• Presence of science, technology, medical, and engineering workers
• Employment rate
• Diversity

Amenities abound in San Francisco. Highlights include 50+ museums, 85 transit stops, and 45 miles of streets with bike lanes. Because the city is just 7 miles across and 7 miles wide, you are always minutes away from something exciting to do. On the practical side, San Francisco’s low 3.5% unemployment rate is a good indicator for students seeking an internship or job after college.

San Francisco was rated one of the best places in the world to attend business school, largely because it’s where hundreds of powerful companies base their operations and where start-ups find an ideal climate for hiring new talent.

San Francisco has a reputation as the most accepting city in the US to people regardless of their country of origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or culture. It’s clear walking down almost any street in the city that this is one of the most diverse and colorful cities in the world. The city government is also involved in maintaining its accepting culture. This year it launched a Respect and Love initiative to combat discrimination and make immigrants feel welcome as contributors to the community.

Where in San Francisco should you go to school?

A 4.5-acre park will open a block from GGU later this year.

San Francisco is not a single place – rather a patchwork of neighborhoods, each with its own character. Some are cultural centers, some have a park-like feel, others are great for shopping. Of all these areas, Golden Gate University’s Financial District (downtown) neighborhood is ideal for business students.
Golden Gate University is located in the business epicenter of the city, where you can find the headquarters of Uber, Twitter, Wells Fargo, Salesforce, McKesson, and many others. The campus is literally surrounded by heavy hitters in the business world – the same firms from which the university draws its faculty. In fact, 80 percent of GGU instructors are working professionals who share their very real-world knowledge and connections with students.

But downtown San Francisco is not all business. A 5.4-acre park on the roof of a new transit center will be just a block from GGU’s campus, and the beautiful Embarcadero is a 5-minute walk away. If you’re considering college or grad school, you owe it to yourself to check out Golden Gate University’s graduate and undergraduate programs. We also provide special information for international students.