University of California, Berkeley
Gregori Class of 2017
Chinese & Environmental Science
Weighted GPA at Gregori: 4.0 and above
SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): N/A
SAT Composite Score (1600 Scale): 1330
ACT Composite Score: N/A
When choosing between colleges, how did you decide amongst the colleges that you were accepted into?
For me, a lot of it was the surrounding area and weight of the name.I almost attended UCSD because I love the area and the campus there, but I got off the waitlist for Berkeley and went there instead. Cal was my #1 UC and its name is known worldwide. Comfort on campus and the surrounding area though is a huge factor when deciding where to spend the next four years of your life.
What would you personally say are your school's strengths?
Berkeley is very good at challenging students academically, as well as having groups for almost any need/want. There's a quidditch team, multiple theater/acapella groups, and many rec sports as well.
How accessible are administrators, registrars, professors, teaching assistants, etc.?
I'm doing Fall Program for Freshman, so my professors are very accessible as well as my advisor. This isn't always the case, but for the most part if you have a question someone will be able to answer it relatively quickly.
What are the classes like? Are they more lecture-based or discussion-based? Do you often partake in group projects?
I don't have many group projects. They're more lecture based with an hour discussion subsidy as well. Some classes kind of incorporate discussion within their lectures which is really cool. Definitely do no be afraid to reach out to your professors and speak up in classes.
What is one thing that you wished you knew before you started at your university?
I wish I knew that they're are options to work off payments while constricting class load so that I don't go insane during the semester working 15-20 hours a week with a full course load. It's a lot to juggle.
How would you describe the location of your college? (climate, weather, etc.) Would you describe it as a college town? (urban, suburban, rural) Does the location allow for activities outside of campus? (farmer's markets, concerts, etc.)
Berkeley is a Bay Area town so the weather is generally cool year round with some hot spells occasionally. It pretty much is a college town with a ton of history and a lot to take advantage of within Berkeley and the surrounding area.
What types of clubs are offered on campus? Are you involved in any?
They're clubs for badminton, basketball, theater, hip hop, quidditch, music, ultimate frisbee, running, etc. There's pretty much a club for anything.
Are you able to talk to your professors on a one-on-one basis? Are office hours available to help you with questions with course-work?
Yes I definitely can talk to them one on one, and they're office hours if need be.
If you are far away from home, do you ever feel homesick? How do you balance relationships with family and friends from home?
I call back home fairly often but I haven't visited yet. FaceTime, phone calls and letters are great ways to keep in touch with family. Plus, you can entice them to come up for homecoming weekend or football games (Go Bears!)