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The University of California, Berkeley will always have a special place in my heart. It is an experience that I will never really get anywhere else. I may go to more schools for graduate study and beyond but the undergraduate experience will stand out to me. It was the first time I have been away from my family for an extended amount of time. It was the first time that I lived with other people and alone. It was the first time that I had to make sure my home was well-kept. During those four years I believe I came out a different person than when I first set foot on campus. Meeting people of so many different backgrounds and experiences opened my eyes to the big world we live in. This is an area Berkeley excelled at because it is one of the most recognized universities in the world. The opportunities available to Berkeley students always amazed me. There were always plenty of career or academic opportunities. Additionally, there are tons of clubs and organizations that students could join. For the first time in my life I learned how to dance Salsa and be a part of group of people living in a house and making sure we sustained ourselves. Berkeley also gave me the opportunity to travel to Paris, something I had always dreamed of. I studied political science and I will always remember the stimulating discussions we had in class. The professors were all great and made me see new ways of looking at the world. What astounded me more were the students that shared my classes. In almost every class session, there would always be students who asked questions that assured me that only the best and brightest attended Berkeley. For those choosing to study political science, Berkeley has five different focuses: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Empirical Theory and Quantitative Methods. One can choose any of these areas to focus in. The political science program also offers a chance for students to intern in Washington D.C. for the summer. I personally did not get a chance to intern in D.C. but I only heard great reviews from those who did go. Berkeley is a great school and a great choice for those who are lucky to get in. It is a challenging school too however, and one must always be focused on academics here. Also, seeing as it is a huge public school with many students, one must do their best to navigate and make sure they are on the right track to succeed. I believe that if you can succeed here, you can succeed anywhere.
The Media Studies program at University of California Berkeley is comprehensive and expansive. There is a real emphasis on the history of media and how media progressed and shifted through different decades. There are no courses in this program that really address current media workings, like the evolvement of tech companies or how to best use social media at a company. This is because there is no data or research on such current media. I really appreciated the dedication and approachability of the department head. She is a phenomenal advisor and advocate for students; she will give honest feedback and express her true opinion.
When attending UC Berkeley, I didn't realize the caliber of the school's reputation or the academics. After I left Berkeley, it was evident the impact that being a Berkeley student has, especially while studying abroad. Besides the reputation, as a research and academic focused institution, the professors at Berkeley are all knowledgeable and passionate. There are many aspects of Berkeley that I did not enjoy difficulty in getting classes that I wanted, lack of support by school administration as a whole being a public school, difficulty in finding jobs/internships through alumni or school connections, competitiveness , overall, it was a great experience and a fantastic school.
Located north of Los Angeles and situated alongside California's luscious coastline, UCSB is extraordinary for its beauty and scenery. There is literally a beach connected to a school, where many students flock to catch some waves or sun, even to take a walk to get their mind off things. The academics are outstanding, with involved world-class faculty. These aren't merely professors who give a lecture and leave everything to their TAs. I was surprised to see how much they cared for their students, given their busy schedules. There is a also a vibrant student life! Plenty of activities and social clubs for students to be involved with. Anyone deciding to attend UCSB will surely not regret it.
Although extremely stressful, and highly competitive, that atmosphere at the University of California, Berkeley continues to be unparalleled for me. The courses are enriching, engaging, and unique. I took a wide array of topics, and each course provided me with knowledge and understanding through a different lens. The professors I had incredible lecturers and well versed in their course topic. The diversity, welcoming feeling and activism on campus were some of the best parts of UC Berkeley.
UC Berkeley is a very unique university. Overall, I had a great experience for a top-notch college, where I had the opportunity to learn from brilliant industry expert professors, meet and make friends with individuals of all walks of life, and get to know myself better. It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of such as large school, coupled with the extremely difficult curriculum, but pushing through this definitely made me a stronger person and taught me how to think differently and consider the bigger picture. There are classes for everyone; if there is something you want to learn about, Berkeley will have it.
If you think diversity is extended to thoughts, opinions, and any form of free thinking, this is not the school for you. You must conform to the group think or you will be punished in your GPA. I was essentially ostracized to the point of transferring to a school that actually believed in education over indoctrination, and business as a viable career path over state run markets. They will go the extra mile to get you financial aid, they love to accept money from anywhere.
While I attended the University of California-Berkeley, it lived up to its reputation of being one of the best schools in the world. The professors of the psychology department were well-known experts in their field. Since psychology is a popular major, some of the best classes are quite large, making it difficult to form personal relationships with the professors. However, students can meet with professors during their office hours, though getting access can be competitive. Other courses have 20-30 students enrolled, making it easier to stand out and get to know the professors. The psychology department has many opportunities for students to become involved in research. In only two years, I worked on six research projects. This can help students gain valuable hands-on research experience. To say the campus is beautiful is an understatement. Strawberry Creek runs through the campus, giving it a calm and earthy feel. You can sit under willow trees while listening to the creek, and take a nap. There are several libraries where students can study, all of which are quiet and study-friendly.
My experience at UC Berkeley was very rewarding to me socially and educationally. UC Berkeley is a large campus and the owness to shape your experiences and journey starts with the student. It may be difficult at first to navigate such a large place with over 30,000 students, but step one is to say yes! In your first few days on campus there will be plenty of networking and welcome events. It can be daunting to go somewhere that you don't know anyone but is was by far the most beneficial way for me to find my community. I was able to find people who shared the same major as me and study with them for our classes. I highly recommend using all the resources available to you. There are career counselors you can meet with to help you choose your classes for the year and map out your career. There are free tutors in the MLK building to help you with your papers and classes you are struggling with. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of using your resources and this will open up many doors. The difficult part is figuring out what resources you have available to you to begin with. Large classes are divided into two sections: Lecture and Discussion. This means that for every class you take, you will have two classes to attend. About 200 students will be in the lecture with you and the Discussion will be a deep dive into the content with a GSI. It is important to remember to build relationships with both the professor and your GSI as both will have a say into your final grade.
The Urban Studies program at UC Berkeley is one of the best in the country. The program is part of the College of Environmental Design (CED). Other majors that are also part of this college are architecture and landscape architecture. This progressive undergraduate degree focuses on both environmental and economic sustainability. Many urban studies students were initially planning on being architects. However, if you have an interest in politics, community development and/or social justice this program may be right for you. Urban Studies major cover a wide range of topics like transportation, policy, economic development, urban theory, etc. There are a few studios, but this major does not heavily focus on design. If you would like to focus more on design, architecture and landscape architecture may be choices. In the future, you could also pursue a masters in urban design. Best of luck!