start out with the positive: Berkeleys chem dept is one
of the most amazing in the country and I love
the stuff I've been able to learn here. It is
very hard but very fair when it comes to grading,
so you can focus of learning not fighting with the
other students. Watch out tho, with the chem bio major,
pre meds are quickly beggining to turn the college of
chem sour.Also, arabic, south asian, and some of the languages
are very good depts.
1. If you
are in anything except for Business or Engineering, when you
graduate you will have almost no job prospects and be
making a max of 13-19/ hr. Basically you have to
go to grad school.
2. They have worse job placemnt
assistance than ITT tech and the minute you graduate
you have to pay 110$ to use their website or
go to career fairs.
3. There is no student union.
Well, there is but ther is almost nothing in it
and no good places to hang out. It is also
dirty, dark and depressing. Plus if its raining there are
no good places to eat lunch on campus.
Your student gov sucks balls. No other way to put
it. They are basically why there is no student union.
Its funny cus UCSB has infinitely better places to hang
out on campus even tho they are a
much lower rated school. Go to UCLA for nice facilities
5. MCB kids are evil. They are crazy
and will smack you down on their way to med
school. I've had lab classes where the teachers have made
us scrabble on the floor for test review sheets and
fight over lab time slots. Human value 0, berkeley 1.
6. The city puts ideology over safety and health.
They worry alot about the freedom and hapiness of the
homeless. i.e. they provide refridgerated storage for homeless people's shopping
carts -no joke. Then when I walk by peoples park
early in the morning I have to wear a big
hat a sweatshirt so they cant tell im a girl
and carry pepper spray. If you dont know what peoples
park is - it was one of the main venues
for the speech movement, now almost exclusively used by the
homeless for camping. Also if you live near there, you
often have to step over people sleepinbg on the sidewalks
in the morning. All this because berkeley wants to be
'free' and liberal. Im liberal but I'd like to
live without fear thanks. Also, Berkeleyites shut down a tritium
research program at uc berkeley that produced no more tritium
than a banana because the word radioactive scares them and
they want to be a nuclear free zone. WTF mate?
7. Good campus jobs are hard to come by if
you dont have work study.
8. If you dress like
you would in LA you get harrassed by homeless people.
ie I wore a not even very short skirt one
day and a man asked me to 'sit on his
9. UC Berkeley is very cliquey,its diverse but each
ethic group forms its own club and ceases talking to
other ppl. (Sororities = white people club.)
10. Professors dont
usually want to teach you, they see you as an
interruption in their research. Also, if they are nice, they
are so inundated with students that they cant spare time
to form personal relationships with you.
11. Berkeley is
just as money hungry as any private school. They treat
you like a nobody and then call harrassing you for
donotions - for reals, alumni assoc has done this to
me and been quite rude.
Theres prolly more but I'll
stop before I give myself an MI.
There are a few really good dept's here and if
you want to study that you might consider going here. BUT, you must expect to mostly teach yourself and know
what you want to do with your life. Berkeley is
not a place to find yourself or explore oportunities, thats
best done at state colleges or somewhere like UCSB. Berkeley
is basically a stepping stone to grad school or engineering
for people who are already secure, confident adults and dont
want to waste time with the typical college shaningans and
undergrad experience. If you want a normal college life,
dont go here. best of luck to those who do.