a bunch of prima donna reviews. The world isn't
going to hand you a beautiful life on a silver
platter. College is what you make of it no
matter where you go—and Berkeley is no different. There
is a very distinct vibe here: intelligent, liberal, politically conscious—but
it's not overwhelming unless you want it to be.
People are very accepting and friendly. Sure, at first
it may seem anti-social, since there are a lot of
people who just want to study. If you look,
you will find tons of friendly people (it's really not
If you want something, make it
happen. If you want to be social, go greek.
If you want quiet life, live north of campus.
If you want small classes, wait until upper division
(true for any big public university). Berkeley won't hold
your hand and I'm glad they don't. Plan your
schedule intelligently, and use your phase I of Telebears (registration)
Keep in mind that Berkeley is
an urban setting, it's safe for the most part, but
it's still urban. There are lots of homeless people
living on telegraph and all around. There are lots
of interesting hole-in-the-wall places to eat—explore. If you want
a more “neighborhood” feeling, take BART out to pleasant hill
or walnut creek. SF is also just a BART
Remember—Berkeley, like ANY college, will be what YOU
make of it—and there are lots of opportunities at Berkeley
to mold it to what you want.