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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014

The educational experience that I had at the University of California, Berkeley was excellent. From the academic rigor and wide selection of courses to the diversity of the students and opportunities in international education, the student experience at UC Berkeley is world class in its ability to craft an education which prepares students for ever-changing demands in the workplace coupled with cultural sensitivities and knowledge which are invaluable in our globalized economy. As a transfer student to UC Berkeley, I could continue pursuing my Bachelors degree in Sociology, but I never expected the amount of flexibility and opportunities available to students at this university to develop an academic plan which truly accommodates the diverse proclivities and interests of students in and out of the classroom. For example, I took Swedish language courses along with my regular major courses. As my language skills developed, I had the opportunity to study abroad and make use of the language skills during my semester abroad while also developing interests in urban planning in Scandinavia. After my experience abroad, my remaining semesters at UC Berkeley centered around courses in Sociology, Swedish language, and Urban Planning which ultimately culminated in a senior paper analyzing the social implications of housing policies in Sweden during the 1950s and 1960s. While I am still working towards an international career centered on working in Scandinavia, I am more than satisfied with Undergraduate Program at UC Berkeley. Based on the educational experience I had at UC Berkeley, I believe a Berkeley diploma represents a quality of education that rivals most elite private universities and embodies a level of scholarship and curiosity about the world required to be competitive in a 21st century economy.

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Degree: Cognitive Science
Graduation Year: 2016

I greatly enjoyed my time at UC Berkeley. As someone hoping to pursue a career in research, the research environment at Berkeley is fantastic. There were so many neuroscience labs on campus, I was able to be an intern in 6 different labs during my time as an undergraduate there, studying the brain from a range of viewpoints, biologically, psychologically, even computationally! The classes I took were definitely intense and competitive, but the resources to get help are there on campus if you are motivated enough to look for them and take advantage of them. I think the campus itself is beautiful, the architecture is incredibly diverse, its definitely not a cookie-cutter campus where every building looks the same. As for the people I met there, I have never been surrounded by people as passionate and motivated as the other students I met in my classes. While we may have had different career goals (I was in classes with hopeful-future doctors, computer scientists, and researchers like me), we were all interested in our choice of study. While the environment may be competitive and definitely stressful at times, I have never been more proud of getting a good grade in a class than during my time at Berkeley, where getting an A really meant you had mastered the course curriculum. I am using information I learned from my classes at Berkeley at my current job in clinical neuroscience research, and I am so happy that I chose to study at Berkeley!

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Degree: Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2013

I attended the University of California at Berkeley from 2009-2013 where I obtained a B.S. in Bioengineering and a B.A. in Physics. As one of the top ranked schools in the country, the Berkeley curriculum is incredibly challenging. Initially I felt like I was thrown into the fire and had to learn how to survive. As intimidating as this sounds, I found it to be be a very rewarding process where I learned great time management skills, how to appropriately utilize any and all resources, and what to prioritize in life. My experience at Berkeley was very positive and I would encourage anyone who enjoys a challenge and learning at a high level to pursue an education there. After having worked in the bio pharmaceutical industry for 3 years, I have decided to return to graduate school to obtain a Masters in Computer Science. This is a career pivot for me but one I am very excited about as all of my experiences have led me to this passion. I feel Berkeley prepared me very well for the working world as well as to take on the challenges of a Masters in CS curriculum.

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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

UC Berkeley is hands down an excellent place to grow, learn, and explore. In the College of Letters and Sciences, breadth courses allow you to explore the multitude of departments and receive a holistic education in addition to the specialization of individual majors.

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Degree: American Indian/Native American Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Attending UC Berkeley was the best decision that I've made in my life thus far. Yes, the school has its flaws. It lacks diversity and some resources for students of color. It could improve its methods of teaching project management in order to better prepare students for the working environment, however I would not trade this level of education for the world. I was able to study what I wanted at Cal and find like-minded students to engage in meaningful debate and conversations with. The mentors that were available to me were extremely helpful and as accommodating as they could be. I was offered so much help when I found myself struggling through a course. Not mention, Cal is where my passion for human rights and mediation was born. I am so grateful for the opportunity to have attended.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

The quality of the education at UC Berkeley was exceptional. I've never had instructors that have opened my mind and allowed me to see the world so differently as the ones I had in my undergrad. As anywhere else, the experience wasn't perfect, but I still wouldn't have traded my education there for anything else.

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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2003

UC Berkeley is a large institution filled with endless opportunities. Seek out courses and activities that interest you, but also expand beyond the boundaries that you have set for yourself. Some of the best learning experiences come from conversing and collaborating with people who are different and the students, staff and faculty at this school come from all walks of life. Take advantage of the campus and its beautiful surroundings.

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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2007

UC Berkeley is a wonderful school. I would make a decision before going to college what major you want to pursue, and then check what classes you need to take ahead of time to graduate. I would choose a career based on what you would enjoy as a career and also what job opportunities are available.

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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

A competitive but close-knit college. There are a lot of people, so you are sure to find a group that fits you as a person.

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Degree: Women's Studies
Graduation Year: 2011

The faculty in my department, in particular, were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the academic aspects of my time at Berkeley. The area in general (and the university in particular) has a unique culture, and you are sure to meet a variety of people there - whether the experiences are good or bad, they are illuminating sources of personal growth. Students at the campus keep the spirit of protest and thoughtful critique alive on campus, which I believe to be invaluable.

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