Berkeley, CA
University of California-Berkeley


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Kelly
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Activism and academics. Students are Berkeley are so passionate about so many things often it ironically breeds apathy.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Activism and academics. Students are Berkeley are so passionate about so many things often it ironically breeds apathy.

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

Be flexible and willing to give new and unexpected things a try. It can feel like the end of the world when you receive a rejection letter from your top-choice school but I promise, life does go on. The right school for you may not necessarily be the same one as the one on the flag that has been hanging over your bed since birth. If possible, definitely visit every school you are accepted to; being on campus offers an entirely different perspective from websites and books. While visiting talk to students at the school about what they think of it. Yes, it may seem intimidating asking a complete stranger for advice but the majority of college students love to talk about their school and share any advice they can. Also, be sure to check out the area around the college. Depending upon the school you could be spending alot of time in the nearby town or the city across the bay. Once you have made your choice and are at your school don't be afraid to try something you've never considered; learn italian, go skydiving, play a sport, study in Brazil, now is the time.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone that is unable to listen to opinions different from their own. Also, anyone afraid of people in trees.

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

It's extremely focused on academic excellence, but still retains a lot of pride in its athletics as well as being the birthpl...

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

It's extremely focused on academic excellence, but still retains a lot of pride in its athletics as well as being the birthplace of the Free Speech Movement during the 1960s.

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

Choosing a college shouldn't be based solely on academics. Since the surrounding city or town is essentially where you will be living, it's important to take that into consideration, especially if it's a dramatically different environment from what you are used to at home. Additionally, college is a time to really gain experience and find yourself in terms of who you are and what makes you tick. Extracurricular activities are a great way to help figure this out as well as making the most of new experiences. New adventures could be as simple as exploring the surrounding area further or something as dramatic as going skydiving with your new roommate. That said, students should make safe choices while they're entering the independent life and parents need to be able to let their children make decisions on their own and perhaps some mistakes along the way since the whole point of going to college is growing more as an individual.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Anyone who is extremely unaccepting or intolerant of beliefs or views different from their own.

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

Really take the time to visit campuses and talk to students. You will be able to get a better feel for what the school is rea...

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

Really take the time to visit campuses and talk to students. You will be able to get a better feel for what the school is really like, the things you can't find on their website or in college books. Good starting points are alumni from your high school who attend that college. Get involved early in a variety of student groups that interest you. That way, you have a chance to narrow it down to groups you truly enjoy and have time to move up to a leadership position within the organization. It's also a great way to meet people other than classmates and people who live in your dorm.

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

If you don't qualify for financial aid, the Regents and Chancellors Scholarship doesn't do anything for you.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Very bureaucratic, hard to get into classes, Business school changed their policy (i.e., if I knew ahead of time the business program had a mandatory summer program that didn't allow students to have internships I would have considered another major or another school)

Denise
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very responsible and friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are very responsible and friendly.

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

An important part of the college experience is choosing the right campus. Make sure parents and students visit the campuses to see what life is really like, how the weather is, how students behave outside of the lecture halls, how professors teach in large and small classes. Money should not be the sole reason for attending a college because there are countless financial aids to help with tuition.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is academically oriented should attend this school.

Chisato
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

come on... it's BERKELEY. =P

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

come on... it's BERKELEY. =P

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

Students- Just know that it's very hard to meet people in Berkeley, and it's very hard to make friends unless you are living in the dorms. A lot of people want to make friends... I think... but it's very hard to, since everyone is so driven and focused on school.

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

Students should explore their options and find a college that suits them socially as well as academically. I would definitel...

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

Students should explore their options and find a college that suits them socially as well as academically. I would definitely recommend visiting the campus and the surrounding area of the colleges. Find an area that you fall in love with, as I did at Berkeley. To make the most of your life at college, keep an open mind. You'll be meeting many different kinds of people that you may not have interacted with before. Try to make friends outside of your normal social circles, with the many varieties of students that you meet. That will make your college experience extremely rewarding.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not willing to put forth any effort to their school work should not attend,

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The difficulty of many of the classes coupled with the high levels of competition from other students. It is hard to adjust from being at the top level accademically in high school to being mid-tier in college.

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

Berkeley's all-star staff, environment, and size allow an incredible amount of versatility and options in your education. It...

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

Berkeley's all-star staff, environment, and size allow an incredible amount of versatility and options in your education. It is in a near-perfect location, amongst cities, nature, unique shopping, and outstanding physical beauty. The co-op scene provides an alternative to frats/sororities and dorms that for me has been a very important part of my experience. You can take classes with renowned professors, and also ones taught by other students! To describe Berkeley in one word: versatile.

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

The only way to properly judge if a school is right for you is to experience life there for yourself. Reading brochures, watching videos, reading statistics, and hearsay will never create a complete picture of the place you are going to spend the next four to six years of your life in. Campus visits and tours are a good start, but most colleges or off-campus organizations have programs where you can live in the dorms, or off-campus housing, or live with a host for a few days. I would recommend doing this during from Thursday to Saturday during the academic year, to get a full academic, extracurricular, and social view of the campus. Once you are accepted, the key thing is to experience everything, while not spreading yourself too thin. Try a new sport, dance, or club; something you never would have thought to try. While you don't have to become a wild partier, let go of your inhibitions a little bit, it's very important to keep socially sane. Try alternative living situations to dorms, at least after your first year. Take classes in things you're interested in, not just for your major.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are not open to new ideas. People who come to Berkeley with a pre-career major already set in their mind tend to do well academically, but miss out on what could be the greatest experience of their lives. If you do not like to experience new cultures, no one in Berkeley wants you here.

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

A great well-rounded school offering excellence in academics, social life, cultural diversity, and environment.

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

A great well-rounded school offering excellence in academics, social life, cultural diversity, and environment.

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

That I should take advantage of all of the opportunities offered to me. I wish I knew that I would have to take the initiative to get myself involved in different activities available. I also wish I explored with the courses offered to really know what I was interested in.

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

Understand that a large part of your college experience is discovering new things about yourself. Arrive on your campus with an open mind. If you "know" exactly what you want to study, reassess yourself, ask the hard questions, and never close yourself off to new possibilities. Do you have any interests that you've always wanted to get involved in? Now is your chance. Put yourself out there because you may never have the same opportunities offered to you again. When you search for a college, ask yourself these questions: What kinds of extracurricular opportunities does this college have to offer for me? Will this college challenge me? Will this college help me grow and mature as a person? Why does this college interest me? Is it prestige? atmosphere? weather? location? And then ask yourself just how important each of these factors are to you. Remember you will be establishing a new life for yourself in this place, and if you can't see yourself living happily in that environment than you probably won't want to commit yourself to that place for the next four years.

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

I would definitely recommend visiting each university before applying - take a campus tour or come when the university has it...

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

I would definitely recommend visiting each university before applying - take a campus tour or come when the university has its day such as Cal day for UC Berkeley. Research its strenghts and weakness - is it prominent in the field that the student is interested in? Does it offer the major of interest? Are the facilities satisgyin? etc. Definitely make sure that it fits. Most of the students know what college feels the best by walking around the campus, taking a look at the lecture rooms, etc. To make the most of the college experience....try and do things you are interested in. Join clubs of your choice, meet new people, take classes with friends. Become involved in the community and on the campus. In order to make the most of the time in college is to do what one enjoys. Grades are important, especially when one considers applying for grad school; however, it is not everything. Its not all about transcripts but also about how one spends its free time. Four years go by so fast. You really need enjoy it.

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

Sometimes it gets so competitive. People tend to forget that grades are not all that matters :)

What kind of person should not attend this school?

This school is so diverse that it can work for anyone. There is something for everyone.

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

Berkeley is the place where you can be whomever you want to be, and become whomever you want to become; anyone can make it th...

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

Berkeley is the place where you can be whomever you want to be, and become whomever you want to become; anyone can make it their ideal college experience.

Describe the students at your school.

Classes are filled with two types of people, those completely passionate about the subject matter and those that are sitting there just to earn credit; but most are extremely intelligent and capable students.

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

First, you have to be honest about what type of atmosphere you want- big, small, close to home, far away, private, public, division 1, no football, greek life, world renowned performing arts- the amenities at different schools are endless. Somewhere out there is a school that has everything you really want and need. Second, do your research, you have to look into every academic and extra-curricular program and opportunity that a campus has to offer to make sure that it has something for you that will make your experience there worth while. Third, visit the campus while students are in session. The vibe on and off campus is completely different during the summer, weekend, and hollidays visit on a normal day of instruction and visit a class if you can. If you feel like you can see yourself sitting there with a notebook and pen and then walk over to the cafe for lunch with your friend and see yourself studying under that tree in the plaza, you know you are in the right place.

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