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Impressions Of
University of California at Berkeley

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Reasons to attend and to not attend University of California at Berkeley

To Attend

  • “You’re on a really cool campus and the location is right next to Silicon Valley and San Francisco. There are lots of opportunities being so close to those places, so if you work hard there are so many doors there that can open career-wise.”
  • “Post-graduation, it’s really helpful to be at Berkeley because of the tech bubble that the Bay Area is.” [68% of the Class of 2016 work in the Bay Area.]
  • “If you want to be challenged academically, definitely attend. Also, the quality of education is very high in terms of a content and knowledge-gained perspective. I was amazed by the quality of education.”
  • “The faculty. A lot of them have done great things in their field. It’s great to pick their brains and ask them anything about what you’re curious about.”
  • “You learn a lot. Classes can be difficult, but at the end of every difficult class you realize that you now know so much more information than you used to.”

To Not Attend

  • “If you’re not that resilient of a person it can be difficult to study and do well at Berkeley. Regardless, you’re going to be knocked down sometimes by your classes. In an atmosphere like Berkeley where everybody is trying really hard and has their dreams and aspirations that they’re working towards, it can be difficult to continue here if you can’t bounce back from things like that.”
  • “Berkeley can be unsafe sometimes. You just have to be smart about when and where you’re walking and how many people you’re walking with, then you should be okay.”
  • “Berkeley has a pretty unhealthy culture because everybody is grinding so hard that it’s easy to feel bad about yourself if you’re not overloading yourself. Mental health can be an issue in that sense. If you have a strong mental fortitude though, you’ll be okay.”
  • “Housing is really expensive. I have to share a bedroom and still pay a lot.”
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