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Recent Reviews

Kelly
Describe the students at your school.

Absolutely brilliant, driven and inspiring.

Describe the students at your school.

Absolutely brilliant, driven and inspiring.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It has been said more than once that "you only get out what you put in" and this is something to seriously consider when selecting a college. There is not a school on Earth that will bring you success in the larger scheme of things if you arrive expecting it to be handed to you. Do not select a college on the basis of reputation but rather discover a college where you (in all your personal idiosyncrasy) can feel inspired, where you can grow as a human being, where you can wake up every day excited to be alive and party to such a rich experience - both academically and personally. Then, when you arrive on campus, take responsibility for yourself. This is not high school any longer. You are now the sole arbiter AND inheritor of your own destiny. Your education is ultimately your own and no one will value it if you yourself do not. So get out there and make it all worthwhile! Lastly, befriend your department's coordinator. They have the ability to truly help or truly hinder in a way no single professor does. Cookies and other baked goods can assist greatly in this endeavor.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Adjusting to the level of work expected. You are expected to work harder than you've ever worked before and it can be a shock at first.

patricia
Describe the students at your school.

Keep your eyes open-- see, share, learn, and enjoy!

Describe the students at your school.

Keep your eyes open-- see, share, learn, and enjoy!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

not enough colored people to provide unique perspectives in discussions.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Going to college isnt about prestige. Intelligence and creativity can be found anywhere you go. Confidence, courage, and the ability to communicate and inspire others is what is most important when getting a job. School is to learn and to learn to love life -- you, everyone, and everything around you.

Rajwinder
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the college(s) you are considering and ask questions during the orientation. Find out about financial aid and scholarsh...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Visit the college(s) you are considering and ask questions during the orientation. Find out about financial aid and scholarships if you are financially disadvantaged. Consider the affordability of off-campus housing surrounding the college. Read professors' bios, and if you are into research, explore whether there are programs and positions available for students to work in a lab. Look at the types of student groups available to join. Apply to a range of different colleges and consider your career aspirations and academic goals. Parents: don't make the decision for your child, but help them to explore options, offer advice and help them keep track of deadlines.

What's unique about your campus?

Enthusiastic professors!! Learn a lot here!

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The professors and the atmosphere of the class; what I"m learning here..`

Stefanie
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Berkeley is a very broad and diverse campus with literally thousands of groups and activities which will fit the needs and in...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Berkeley is a very broad and diverse campus with literally thousands of groups and activities which will fit the needs and interests of any student.

Describe the students at your school.

Most people are very academically focused and interested in the subject matter.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Go with your instincts. If you feel at all hostile toward a place when you visit, you should not attend it. Also, go to a school with a strong department in whatever your field of interest is. I think that the professors are what make any class great or awful, no matter how interesting or boring the subject matter. If you can, do lots of internships while you are in school because they look great on a resume, they give you real experience and you get awesome references. This can be really important because once you graduate you won't necessarily have the time or money to be able to work for free. My last piece of advice is to wait it out if you don't enjoy you first year of college, especially if you are going somewhere far from home. It can take a while to adjust, but once you find your friends (and you will), school will be lots of fun!

Kelly
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To those looking for the right college, I would advise students to actually visit schools and staying there for a few days to...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To those looking for the right college, I would advise students to actually visit schools and staying there for a few days to see how they like it, or at least driving around campus. Even if you don't like the school at first glance, it's surprising what eating, sleeping, and walking around in a new school will do for you. Also, I would suggest looking into schools that will specialize in what you want to study, if you've already decided that for yourself- the big name schools may not have the best program for what you want to major in. To make the best of the college experience, make lots of friends and even if you're not involved in campus activities, at least take an interest in what your school does- it builds pride in your school's achievements and you'll feel proud to be a part of that. Talk to students and professors since they will not only help you in your academic endeavors but they will also shed new light on the topics your class covers and make you appreciate them a lot more.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I tell people about the diversity and level of competitiveness at Berkeley- that students are driven academically and that compared to private schools who hold your hand, we fight for our grades and for our success, putting us at an advantage when we move onto the working world. A lot of people complain that Berkeley screws you over but it's simply a matter of trying hard and using all of the offered resources- the people who do well at Berkeley and in the real world know this better than anyone.

Veronica
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a college town in an urban environment. It has everything you could want culturally and academically. It is diverse and...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

It is a college town in an urban environment. It has everything you could want culturally and academically. It is diverse and interesting, and never gets boring. It really fosters an atmosphere where stuyding can happen and is even fun. It has a rich social history which makes it great today.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure it you attend a college or university where you will be able to fit in, yet where you have the ability to expand your horizons. College is about learning to think about academics and learning to think about yourself. The university should blend the social and academic aspects of this stage of your life seamlessly. Whether you are studying with friends at a cafe or laughing over at a party about a book you're reading in class -- it should all be fun. Most of all go to a place where you won't be judged and where you'll feel comfortable. Whatever school you go to should make you feel good about yourself.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The school has a really top academic reputation, yet it is affordable and not snobby.

Dalia
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the right college: 1)Apply to ?target?, ?reach? AND ?backup" colleges. You don?t want to receive a slew of rejection ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the right college: 1)Apply to ?target?, ?reach? AND ?backup" colleges. You don?t want to receive a slew of rejection letters from ?reach? schools nor do you want to receive acceptance letters solely from ?backup? colleges. To avoid this, research schools' acceptance statistics and compare your GPA & scores to them. 2) Ask yourself what kind of environment you like. Urban or rural? The big school or small intimate setting? Can you stand cold weather or rain? 3) Make sure the colleges you apply to have strong departments in those academic areas you're interested in. To make the most out of the college experience: 1)Don?t slack off during the 1st year of college or underestimate a course's workload. Bad grades from freshman year can significantly affect your GPA. 2)GO TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR?S OFFICE HOURS & GET ON HIS/HER GOOD SIDE (!!!) because you might need a letter of recommendation later on or you might want to ask for a grade reconsideration/change after the course is over. 3)Get involved in extra-curricular activities on campus! This is a GREAT way to meet people with similar interests and form strong friendships!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who 1) is intolerant of people of different origins, 2) doesn't like being in big classes/lecture halls or meeting a lot of people, 3) doesn't like rain because you see a lot of that!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Because it's so big, you often have to figure things out for yourself and be very VERY aggressive at time

Adrienne
What's unique about your campus?

COMMUNITY, culture, academics, school spirit

What's unique about your campus?

COMMUNITY, culture, academics, school spirit

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would tell students to make sure they pick a school where they feel they can grow both as a person and with their academics. I would also recommend that they join clubs or activities that can help them be involved with their community both on and off campus. College is a very personal experience, so make sure you visit the campus before you decided on it, When you find the right school, you know and just feel it in your gut. It's not about college rankings, it's about how YOU feel the college will benefit you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

OPEN MINDED, social, wants to learn and grow both academically and personally

Vivienne
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The right college is not always your top choice or "dream school." For some folks, a school that is big on sports is prime. S...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The right college is not always your top choice or "dream school." For some folks, a school that is big on sports is prime. School spirit means a lot to certain people. Others prefer research oriented schools that have access and resources to leading developments and technologies. Still others look into other factors like weather and school population size. My point is that you really cannot make one big generalization for finding the right college. My best advice would be to visit the college and see what kind of vibes you feel. Whatever decision you make, make sure you can see yourself there for the next 2 or 4 years. Just because US News says the school is good does not mean the school is good for you.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

You have to do a lot on your own. The school is big, and you have to be able to learn how to work with the administrative system on your own.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A close-minded person. This school challenges you to think beyond your own identity and circumstances. You will learn a lot about yourself at Berkeley.

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