UC Berkeley Point of View
What role does religion play in your life?
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|'My religion as a Sikh affects everything I do, even
the food that I eat — I am a vegetarian because of my religion
— and my appearance. I am not supposed to cut any hair, even
my facial hair, and because culture and religion go together, I do
not wear pants that are too baggy or too tight. In my religion, if
you see someone you do not know, you say hello to them, and if you
see someone of your religion, you will talk for a while.'
—Harpreet Singh, third-year public health major. Hometown: San Pablo, CA.
|'I'm not religious, but I still believe in the ideas
and philosophy of Buddhism. I want to have spiritual peace of mind.
Buddhism helps me remember to take one thing at a time, and find calmness.'
—Loan Pham, first-year student (major undeclared). Hometown: Sacramento, CA.
|'It's not a big deal to me. I am not a religious person.
I just think religion has nothing to do with survival. My mom took
me to church when I was a kid, and I believe in God, but I don't believe
in religion. I don't need religion to know God. I think religion is
mankind's way of siphoning things from people and making them suffer.'
—Kwame Agyepong, third-year molecular environmental biology major. Hometown: Fresno, CA.
|'It's everything to me. It's my life. I live my life
for God and my spiritual family. My goal is to have a heart that is
pleasing to God.'
—Erin Vitali, second-year chemistry major. Hometown: Huntingdon Beach, CA.
|'Not a very large one. I don't go to church regularly,
and I don't consider myself religious, although I was raised Catholic.
The last time I felt religious was when I had to take my qualifying
—Ross Epler, Ph.D. student in chemical engineering. Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico.
|'I don't believe too much in organized religion. Religion
is a personal choice, and if you want to be religious, that's your
choice. It's part of my life, but in my own specific way. I do believe
there's a higher being, but I'm not churchgoing — I don't think
that listening to a minister or following a church's rules will save
anyone from hell.'
—Mayra Villalta, third-year psychology (intended) major. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
|'None. I went to Catholic school, but I didn't see
the purpose or the use of religion in my life.'
—Matt Ward, fourth-year film studies major. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
|'Christianity is pretty important to me. I grew up
in a Christian household, and it's shaped my morals, how I think about
things. I consider it a guide for how to live my life, not a strict
doctrine that I have to follow.'
—Jennifer Tillett, first-year applied mathematics (intended) major. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
|'I was raised a Buddhist, but I don't go to temple
and neither do my parents, even though they're religious. I've learned
about a lot of religions, through religious studies classes, and I've
integrated various morals and values from several of them. When I need
to make decisions in my life I reflect back on what I've learned. There
isn't a single religion for me.'
—Henry Truong, fourth-year political science major. Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.