University of California - Berkeley Reviews
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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.
A small college within a large university with a committed faculty, intelligent students, and an incredibly diverse class load. I came into Berkeley not knowing what Rhetoric was, and now I can't imagine having studied anything else.
UC Berkeley is everything that I could have wanted and more. I would go back in a heartbeat.
Cal has a reputation of having very tough classes that focus a lot more on theory rather than as much practical design compared to other schools. I am not sure if that is a good thing or not, as on one hand it is hard to learn such theory once you leave school and you can hone practical design afterwards, but on the other theory is useless without applications. Outside of class both Cal and the city in general is a very socially accepting place (no one judges me for being a Celtic folk listening, anime watching, competitive Pokemon battling board gamer who sings loudly to himself as he walks down streets) with a plethora of restaurants serving a broad span of cuisines around campus.
Very large, requires students to be confident and self-motivated in reaching out to professors and departments.