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What have you learned that you wish you'd known as a freshman?
|'Number one, do NOT sign up at the credit card
tables. And try to work in the community; give something
back while you're here.'
—Alisha Bergin, political science and African-American studies, Los Angeles, CA
to make as many friends as you possibly can. Join student
groups, talk to people in class — don't be afraid to
approach people. We're all in the same boat.'
—Hanni Fakhoury, history and political science, Concord, CA
|'Get to know your classmates — you'll
be living with them for four or more years. You can't get
through this all by yourself; it's too hard.'
—Bren Myer, civil engineering, Alameda, CA
have to go to class, especially lectures. Don't think you
can just sleep in. And take your time picking your
—Astrid Gonzalez, social welfare, Duartie, CA
hard and get involved, but at the same time, don't forget
to have fun.'
—Nadine Nassif, political science, Alameda, CA
your passion, not your parents'. Otherwise all you might
get are F's and C's.'
—Charles Smith, psychology, Berkeley, CA
yourself in classes you love, and go to your professors'
office hours. Getting to know them will help later when
you have to ask for recommendations. Look through the whole
That's not just a way to discover your own hidden talents,
but it enriches the classes for others to have people from
outside the department in the mix.'
—Matthew Quiring, psychology, Fresno, CA
I was a freshman, I didn't know anything: I was confused
all the time. You have to take the initiative and not just
listen to what your adviser has to say. You can approach
professors; they're not as hard to talk to as it seems.'
—Emily Teruya, Native American studies and ethnic studies, Oakland, CA
easy to get lost here, but not if you make an effort not to. Join
things. Take small classes and get to know the people in them.'
—Amanda Knudsen, political science and French double, Lundington, MI
out how much your major makes before you declare it. I wish I'd
—Daniel Tello, psychology, Fairfield, CA
sure you have a digital camera because you'll really use
it all four years. I just got one and I've taken more pictures
in the last few months than I did my whole time here.'
—Sam Asgarian, molecular and cell biology, Fremont, CA
|'To get as much as you can from Berkeley,
you have to do more than just your homework and passing
your classes. You have to seek out things that will benefit
you in what you're going to pursue, like internships.'
—Sarah Tisdale, sociology, Santa Cruz, CA
buy books from the bookstore; they're overpriced. Buy them
from former students. And avoid the country-fried steak in the dining
—Shaden Sarafzadeh, molecular and cell biology, Woodland Hills, CA
learned this late, but going to class really does improve
your grades and significantly reduces the amount of time you have
to spend on
homework. Live in the moment and remember to enjoy your
college experience — it just flies by otherwise.'
—Trina DeHaan, linguistics, Salt Lake City, UT