University of California Berkeley
Gregori Class of 2014
Weighted GPA at Gregori: 4.0 or above
SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): 1800
SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): N/A
ACT Composite Score: 30
What are the dorms like on campus? What would you recommend students bring to their dorms?
The majority of the dorms are small and awkward, but it is a great college experience and I guarantee you'll meet some awesome people. Although the dorms lack the comfort you may be accustomed to at home, it is a nice stepping stone towards moving out of parents house and eventually into an apartment. I did enjoy the meal plan provided by the university and found it was very convenient to have food already prepared. This allowed me to focus on school work and forget about the hassle of planning, shopping, and cleaning up after every meal. I would recommend looking up college packing lists online to get ideas of what to bring with you when you move into your dorm.
How did you go through the process of choosing a roommate?
I did not choose my roommates. I was assigned roommates based on a personality test the university had students fill out if they planned on living in on-campus housing.
How do you get to classes? Do you take public transportation, ride a bicycle, walk, etc.? Is the campus spread across large distances?
Because I lived relatively close to campus during my first year, I usually got around on foot. I commonly used the bus to get back to my dorm if I was tired after a long day. A few weeks into the semester I attempted to ride my bike to and from classes, but I didn't find it to be very efficient. In the end, due to high densities of cars and people and the rampant bike theft I decided having a bike wasn't worth it. Now that I have moved further away from campus I commonly take the bus both to and from campus. I have found the bus to be fairly reliable (some exceptions during major construction and protests).
What supplies do you normally use in your classes? What do you bring with you on a daily basis?
I typically have a 3-subject notebook for each of my courses, my computer, and a variety of colored pens.
Do you typically eat food on campus? Do you like the food there? Are you on a food plan with the university?
I typically pack my own lunch. If I don't have time to pack a lunch, there are a lot of good food options around campus.
What is the social life like on campus? Is there a large population of sororities or fraternities?
Between clubs, greek life, internships, and research the campus has thousands of different opportunities which will get you out of your dorm and interacting with a variety of different people from all over the world.
Have you had to change your study habits to accommodate to the workload at college compared to high school?
Yes, I have had to change my study habit to accommodate the workload at college. Initially, when I came into college I continued to study as I did in high school by the end of the year I discovered I would have to work harder in order to succeed at this university. Now that I have changed my study habits I have excelled in my courses.
How do you balance your school work with any jobs that you may have throughout the year?
I have had the privilege of not having job and being able to focus on my schoolwork. Although, I have not had a job during college I have had multiple extracurricular activities including working as a research assistant. In order to balance my school work I plan out each weeks and set goals for both school work and extracurricular activities.