though I don't particularly like Cal — I still can't
say much bad about it other than its sometimes really
boring and the girls are ugly, which is often exaggerated,
unless you mean personality wise, then there is absolute truth
to it. Be aware, this is a semi-sarcastic jab at
my friends who always joke about all “ugly” girls having
great personalities to make up for their unattractiness — but
at Cal, this simply isn't the case. Ugly and bitchy
are an uglier combination.
First off, to everyone
who bashes Cal for its liberalism; liberalism in the American
University is a FACT! Just as ugly girls are a
fact at Cal. No matter where you go, there will
be at least ONE liberal professor and at least ONE
huge liberal student group. Our odious rival across the bay,
Stanfurd, is hugely more liberal than Cal ever thinks of
being. We have the biggest Republican club in the country,
or so I'm told. So blah to you who always
call Cal a liberal school.
As for the last negative;
Cal gives you so much work, you will find it
quite boring at times simply because you are stuck working
on a paper on a Friday or Saturday Night. I
remember being depressed during my first year because I had
few friends and little time to go out or socialize
because of the amount of work thrust upon me. Let
me iterate: YOU GET USED TO IT! You will get
used to having few friends and even less time to
spend with them. After your first year, you will probably
start to take upper-div classes and these take up far
less time, so decide on a major early and stick
with it, otherwise you will be stuck in busy-work Lower
Divs until your third year. Furthermore, in smaller classes —
GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS! They will be the ones
writing your recs for graduate school and jobs.
if you are seeking diversity? Look elsewhere unless diversity means
diversity in Asian Americans, who are about 45%-50% of the
student populace last I checked. Latinos and Blacks are in
short supply and Caucassians are quickly being squeezed out by
the Asian supermajority.
Now that I have dispensed the
advice; I have the good things here in a laundry
1. The academics are top-notch, even if slightly overrated.
There are whisperings Cal will no longer be a top
tier university in 20 years, but take advantage of the
name before it pots!
2. Large number of clubs, fraternities
and sororities. You are given like 1-2 hours a week
(during the week, weekends are a little different, but you
will be spending much of it in the library) of
free time in your Freshman year, so take advantage of
it — join a club, frat or soro. But don't
get into smoking pot and drinking in the dorms, it
seems fun at first — but what happens when you
are living in an apartment by yourself or with only
1-3 other people doing the same thing over and over
again, wasting your life? Seriously, join a club so you
always have different people to hang out with.
are accessible and INTERESTED in you. I know this sounds
like a stretch, but in your upper-div classes; GET TO KNOW YOUR PROFESSORS! If you express interest, the Professors will
love you because they are as bored as you of
lecturing in classes where no one gives a crap.
The library. Though I generally avoid the library like a
virulent plague, I have used its massive resources and could
not be happier with it. Especially during term paper time.
Shortens the amount of work you have to do by
reducing the amount of bullsh!tting you have to do.
Last bit; the people — once you get through the
ranks of ugly and shallow people, you are guarunteed to
meet someone amazing. Eventually. Heh.
6. And my last bit
of advice: If you are planning on going to Cal?
Study what you are interested in, seriously. If you study
something because it is popular or makes money, you will
be miserable. I study/doubled in American Studies and German. Yes,
two completely DISPARATE subject, but I did so because they
interested me and to be frank; I'm much happier now
than I was when I was trying to be a
business major. The “smaller” majors are no less prestigious than
their impacted counterparts, you have more free time and you
get to relax more because the classes are often easier
due to the lack of cutt-throatedness. OH, and another thing:
Study abroad — Europe, Asia, South America, India — ANYWHERE!
You are young and this may be your last chance
to do something like that, so take it and run
with it! Even if it is just for a summer.
So, if and when you get into Cal — come
and enjoy. It might not be the most fun place
(in terms of parties) around, and pretty dead socially, just
sit back and enjoy your learning. While you probably waste
the fun aspect of the “best” years of your life
— you will be far better prepared to tackle the
real world than your peers.