University of California - Berkeley Reviews
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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.
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.
People warned me that Berkeley would be very competitive, but I didn't find that this was the case. My classes were challenging but never cutthroat, and people were willing to help each other in spite of the rumors I heard before attending. The courses were certainly difficult,but definitely manageable given reasonable time management skills. It definitely isn't a good place for procrastinators. Finally, while I generally liked the campus, some of the undergraduate buildings could have used some renovation.
Professional school with many opportunities to learn and network. Prepares students for a career
Berkeley is an amazing school with amazing people. There is so much to learn at this campus, and so many opportunities to grow. Berkeley will not hold your hand - you will need to figure it out on your own. But this experience will cause you to grow in ways you didn't know were possible. The people you meet will astound you. Go to this school, if you can. It is worth it. The Bay Area is an amazing place to live, too. If you have never been, it's worth checking out.
Cal has a first-rate reputation, great diversity, and some of the most talented students and faculty one could find at a university. Unparalleled experience.
This is quality school. I was consistently challenged and engaged in thought. I grew as a person constantly through the education I was receiving. Professors and students alike were very stimulating and encouraging of self development. Living in the BSC was 1/2 of my educational experience. I met the most wonderful people and long lasting friendships and mind blowing revelations about life and success. Highly recommended. :)
UC Berkeley's MACSME program for science and math teachers provides two years of rigorous training in the field of education, both as a researcher and a practitioner. The four semesters of field placements with mentorship and collaboration made me feel as prepared as I could be going in to my first year of full-time teaching. The program places a strong emphasis on the academic side of education, with several courses dedicated to reviewing literature on cognitive science and a culminating thesis that can take many forms. The program's greatest strength is its flexibility, which some may not find to their tastes. Whatever opportunities or topics you're hoping to go deep with during your time here, there are people and places to support those experiences.
It was an amazing journey. The city and the campus were beautiful and I met some incredibly intelligent and thoughtful people. However, the academics were extremely stressful and support for students was haphazard at best. Expectations were often unclear and you compete for help from not only the professor but also the graduate student instructors with many students.
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.