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1) Name value is great for jobs
2) Not hard to get good GPA for grad school(Unless you are in engineering or chemistry)
3) Barren of attractive girls (and for you girls, it's also pretty lacking of hot guys)
4) Meet people from all over world, lots of cultureAll graduates I know from the school have found jobs with ease because of the name of UC Berkeley on their resume. As an econ major (Berkeley is #1 in Economics), this is especially helpful. Though I bash on Cal for not being challenging and not having the greatest campus or girls (as compared to UCSB and SBCC where I grew up), I still would choose to go here because of the name value and the easiness to achieve a good GPA for grad school (I currently have a 4.0 as a junior). You get to meet a lot of different people from all over the world. For example, over my past two years, I have made friends from Germany, Brazil, and Peru. If you come here, you will surely learn just from the different cultural perspectives; it is a great learning experience.
|Jun 06 2012|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2014 |
| I graduated a few years ago from Berkeley and subsequently went to graduate school on the East Coast. I knew that I disliked Berkeley when I was there. Comparing my experience at Cal with my experience at another university has made me sure that I was miserable at Berkeley. |
First, classes are huge. Unless you major in a foreign language that nobody speaks, or a similarly useless major that nobody studies, your classes will be huge (100+ people). Second, you are on your own with respect to everything. This isn?t necessarily a bad thing, but because classes are huge, and TAs or professors will often be terrible at teaching and/or cannot speak English proficiently, you will have to learn everything on your own. Third, students self-segregate by race. I have never met a more self-segregating group of people in my life. The university doesn?t help the massive self-segregation problem either, considering it has dorms that segregate by race. Fourth, Berkeley, the city, town, whatever it is, is a terrible place to live for people who don?t beg on the streets for a living. I?m not sure if Berkeley is a city or a town because it?s too small and boring to be a proper city but too filled with concrete and ugly to be a proper town. It?s dirty, it?s ghetto, it?s small and boring, yet it?s expensive. Fifth, I often wondered how half the class got admitted. Numerous people struggled with classes that contain basic concepts like Stats 2. I will concede that a plus with Berkeley was that I was able to get a high enough GPA in my major (3.7 in Math) to get into graduate school at another university.
|Apr 07 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2007 |