Berkeley, CA
University of California-Berkeley


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Jose
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

"Too Liberal". But I think the name UC Berkeley and its history in defying status quo.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

"Too Liberal". But I think the name UC Berkeley and its history in defying status quo.

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

Parents: Be ready to pay for a good education, it's worth it. Also, don't feel sad about letting your son or daughter go to a far away school, it might be beneficial after all. Trust is key. Students: Please visit different colleges and Universities before accepting admission. Brochures are not the best ways to know a campus. Do college tours and talking to faculty and students. I would even suggest to spend a night at the campus during the school year so you know how school life looks like.

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

There are a lot of students who do not value the city or even the school well enough. For example, people from Southern California (organge country)

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

Don't listen to anyone else but yourself because you're the only one that knows yourself well enough to make this big decision. Your decision will take you on a journey of a lifetime.

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

For some people, college is a time to break away from home, to try out different lifestyles, and to learn about new viewpoint...

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

For some people, college is a time to break away from home, to try out different lifestyles, and to learn about new viewpoints. For others, college is a social experience meant to be fun and crazy. Depending on what the student wants- and this is really important, that the student be honest with him/herself, different colleges can accomodate those wishes. College can be really fantastic and a great time to grow personally as well as academically, so it's incredibly important to find a school most appropriate for the individual. Prestige and location, tuition, etc., of course have to be taken into serious consideration as well. If a student has made the effort to be able to be accepted to their choice of universities, they should then be given the opportunity to find the right fit for themselves. Once college starts, life changes in all sorts of ways. If the student is confident and driven and passionate about their education, it is easy to make the most of it. Once in college, a student has to consider school like a job: setting out time for study, setting deadlines, reading schedules, etc., and sticking to them. The fun will follow.

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

The amazing amount of information I've learned from my professors; not just academically, but overall. They're amazing people.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is focused and driven. UCB is not the place to go if you're looking for a party.

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

You hear it so often: college is one of the greatest times of your life. And the fact of the matter is that it really can be,...

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

You hear it so often: college is one of the greatest times of your life. And the fact of the matter is that it really can be, if you make decisions with your best interests in mind. Don't be afraid to go to a prestigious school because you think it will be too tough. Shoot for the stars and go outside of your comfort zone, and you will end up learning so much about your capabilities and values. Vice versa as well, don't be embarassed to choose a lesser known college because it may provide the best learning and social environment for you. Try and gauge what school is to your liking, and follow through with that decision. Live for the future, and don't dwell on the past. Also I would like to stress how important it is to relax! Make sure that on top of studying you have time to explore the city, go out with friends, and take part in extracurricular activities; being overly focused, stressed out, and lonely is no way to enjoy life. College is only as good as you make it out to be, so make the most of it!

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

The worst thing about attending UC Berkeley is the cost of living. While the area and campus are amongst the most exciting and most beautiful places to be, it simply is very hard to afford living in such an area. Housing is a complete mess; one often lives with at least two or three other people in a tiny apartment. Gas is ridiculous; it almost hit five dollars during the summer of 2008. Many people who live here are in really uncomfortable and stresseful financial situations.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

When attending such a large and competitive university, it is easy to get lost in your thoughts, dreams, motives, etc,. This in turn often results in great confusion. Sometimes this confusion is beneficial, as one is able to truly discover their passions. At other times it is the complete opposite outcome; one can easily become engulfed in competition that he/she loses sight of what it is they love. It becomes more a competition of how much better you can look than your peers, versus a coming together of great minds to solve the worlds problems.

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

The worst thing is that there is a racial group separation. What I mean by that is that the Armenians hang out with their rac...

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

The worst thing is that there is a racial group separation. What I mean by that is that the Armenians hang out with their racial group & the same goes for other racial groups as well. Although there is a wide range/ diversity of ethnicity groups, most hang out with their own racial groups and it's hard to get in the other "circle."

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

For those finding a new path towards their first year in college, I would advise the undergraduates to be as involved as they can in any extra-curricular activities, whether it be something to do with sports or a cooking club. As for finding the right college, once he or she steps onto the campus, she/he should get that homely feel to it. Also, crashing the classes that interest the undergrad might be a great idea, so that way he/she will get a feel to how a college course or class is like. That will also be helpful in deciding whether or not the campus is the right one for the student. But the most important thing that I would have to bring up is that the student should be encouraged to meet other students especially in the dorms and find that one activity that he or she will enjoy doing- kinda like finding one's one niche : )

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

Berkeley's unique characteristic originates from the diversity of culture. Like a big "melting pot" of people from different ...

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

Berkeley's unique characteristic originates from the diversity of culture. Like a big "melting pot" of people from different nations, campus life seems to open so many new doors for new things for a typical student to experience. Among one of the most amazing things, although it is my guilty pleasure, is the convenience of being able to try new foods. A quick five minute walk away will be Thai Basil, serving delicious Thai cuisines, and across the street is La Burrita, Berkeley's most famous Mexican parlor. There is definitely a good reason for the "Freshman 15" here.

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

What parents need to know is that THEY aren't the ones who will be going to school and possibly living near that college for about four years, so please let their children choose the right place to go. The students should understand that the right college for them is one where they feel like they fit in, with the neighborhood and the other students as well. Additionally, what I was searching for in a college was the potential to try and experience new things in order to really find out what I like. College is an experience that one will never be able to have again in their lives, but in truth, how good the experience is will depend on how much a person will try to make it lively. So realistically, any college could potentially be the right college for a person, depending on how much effort they put out to try to make it fun.

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

The worst thing about the school is the hilly terrain. Sure, it gives me a great workout, but the downfall of it is that by the time I arrive to my classroom, I'm probably going to be dripping sweat. Furthermore, when I need to hustle to class because I have some project due and I'll be penalized points if I arrive to lab class late, it's just so demoralizing to find yourself at the foot of the monster hill that leads from Moffitt Library to Latimer.

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

Berkeley is big, hard, uncaring, active, and alive.

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

Berkeley is big, hard, uncaring, active, and alive.

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

The environment isn't pleasing and the school doesn't make efforts to make the student's lives better. Students are on their own, so there tends to be a lot more drinking/drug use.

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

Visit the college first and make sure you fit into the environment. Don't just choose a college because it has better academic standards than other schools because 4 years is a long time to live in misery and depression. Also, make sure your kid has some strong values because there are lots of tempting vices at school like drugs, meaningless sex, alcohol, and excessive gaming.

Sasha
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, intensive academics, the sciences, and some football.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Research, intensive academics, the sciences, and some football.

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

There is no way a website or brochure can give you an accurate depiction of a college you are considering. The best way to decide whether a school is right for you is to forge personal connections- be it online and off the PR recordbooks, or in person and on campus with students and faculty. Once you make a decision however, don't pine over the school you didn't pick. Embrace your choice and realize that your undergraduate years are to be enjoyed as a path you take to your destination, not your final fate. Learn to strike a balance between giving and taking, absorbing and creating, working and playing, and these will truly be some of the best years of your life.

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

The size, because small communities are a little more hard to come by.

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

haven for inquisitive and determined people

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

haven for inquisitive and determined people

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

I would advise students to research their majors and to visit colleges before applying. They should proofread their application essays and take any offered interviews seriously. Parents should support students in their choices but also inject a good dose of reality. To make the most of the college experience one must keep an open mind and an easygoing attitude. Since learning is a good chunk of the purpose of going to college, it should be taken seriously. To be able to learn and study effectively will allow more time for the "college experience". Making friends is also a bonus since these are the people who will be with you for awhile - from late-night study groups to late-night frat parties. To get the most out of your money, take advantage of your professors. Colleges usually splurge to lure renown experts; their experience and knowledge are yours for the partaking. Last of all, if you must binge drink, choose unadulterated coffee.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Academically prepared, goal-oriented, disciplined, open-minded, inquisitive, bold, determined, creative, friendly, intelligent, mature

Jed
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is the best public school in the whole wide world. We are known for many discoveries in the sciences. Our professors are f...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

It is the best public school in the whole wide world. We are known for many discoveries in the sciences. Our professors are forefront researches in their own fields.

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

Pursue something you like, not what your parents or what other people want you to do.

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