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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.
The University of California, Berkeley is an incredibly rigorous, challenging, rewarding, and beautiful school to attend. I was so lucky to attend and obtain a degree in Film and Media with a minor in Education; I learned so much about not only those specific topics but about who I was as a person through general education classes, clubs, my a cappella group, my sorority, and by participating in the Jewish Community on campus (Hillel). I would recommend that anyone and everyone apply to UC Berkeley (go bears)!
I attended UC Berkeley Extension as an older student in career transition. At first I was intimidated by the cost of the classes but upon completion of my certification, I can confidently report that it was money well spent. Every instructor I had was either currently teaching or prominent in their field and highly motivated to instruct. Our materials were up-to-date (I still refer back to a few chapters and assignments I had!) and the content of the classes was engaging, group oriented when appropriate, and well paced. I didn't enter into the program to meet people but ending up making connections with other students, both personal and professional, that continue to be rewarding. When it came time to apply to graduate school, I felt prepared by my experience in two ways: 1) the academic study was very good and covered basic core requirements, and 2) even though this is a program geared to assist those looking to go back to school, there was time set aside to address how to break into the every level of the world of counseling both professionally and academically. I felt guided and supported through this process and opted to tap my instructors for letters of rec when I applied to grad school, which was very helpful as an older student because I had lost touch with my undergrad instructors. I have no doubt that my performance substantially upped the competitiveness of my application since I was accepted into two top-ten schools out of 4 applications. I highly recommend UC Berkeley extension overall as a wonderful place to learn about a variety of subjects and specifically for their certification in counseling and psychology program.
I attended UC Berkeley for the last two years of my bachelors degree. At first, I was hesitant to attend this school and I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with others, and would become limited in other dimensions of my life, to an unhealthy balance point. However, now I believe going to this school was the best decision I made in my life. Attending this campus opened my eyes to many dimensions of life, society and the world that I was not aware of before. I came into contact with a very diverse group of amazing, smart, ans motivated group of people. This also motivated me to pursue growth. It not only did not limit me, but also introduced me to groups that would guide me to become better, and strive for more.
Amazing school with unlimited educational opportunities in a wide array of disciplines. Faculty are top notch and experts in their field. If you are interested in research, this is the school to go to. The Integrative Biology Program is phenomenal with a breath of courses to suit every students interest.
College of Letters and Science/ Media Studies (Major,) Journalism (Minor.) The media studies program at UC Berkeley is an interdisciplinary program. Thus, the program offers the flexibility and opportunity for students to explore in as many areas of interest as possible . While studying Media Studies, I was able to take classes from many different departments, from public policy, to film.
UC Berkeley is hands down the most diverse, open-minded, and cognitively stimulating institution I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Every course more interesting than the one before, and each professor more passionate and knowledgable than the next. It broadens your horizon in every part of your life. It is also the most accepting and nurturing community; everyone has a place in Berkeley.
UC Berkeley is truly a remarkable institution teeming with innovation, great resources, and the right mix of crazy that truly inspires and provides scholars with the resources and training needed to be leaders in this world. With its reputation of continuously being a worldly institution, while boasting a year after year declaration of being the #1 public institution around the world, it is no surprise Cal has been on the forefront of progress; whether it is helping find a handful of elements on the periodic table (i.e. Berkelium, Lawrencium) to leading the Manhattan Project to being associated with a multitude of award recipients, Cal is one remarkable and one of a kind place to get an education. Not only is Cal amazing, but the College of Natural Resources (CNR) provides students with that small college feel on a large campus. The Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) degree program is the perfect major to be a part of. It is the right major for anyone looking to explore the possibilities biology has to offer, from deciding whether to purse healthcare to being a bioethicist, CNR's MEB degree program is perfect for any scholar exploring the science of life. It is with great honor that I received my B.S. from Cal. It has truly inspired me to be a person that wants to make a positive impact in this world and has equipped me with all that it could have to truly prosper in my life. Cal will truly challenge you, not for a sadistic pleasure, but will challenge you mentally, emotionally, and on deeper levels to really make sure it mints a remarkable individual that will later be on the forefront of innovation.
UCB was an excellent place to go to school. It's very rigorous, but if you study hard, create a healthy school-life balance, and chill out, you will be all good. There are may clubs, organizations, and cultural communities for you to find your niche/group since the campus is huge! The grade you earn is the one you get. No grade inflation here! Overall Berkeley gave me a solid college experience (football games, bay area, clubs, rigor, excellent school). Also, you must be a go-getter here. Nothing will be handed to you. You will come out strong! GO BEARS!!
Great school! UC Berkeley provides excellent courses with knowledgeable faculty. The academic and often competitive atmosphere among students in many ways encourages intellectual growth. I would certainly recommend the school to any student choosing between universities.