Dear Cal Freshman

My friend wrote this awesome article for Medium offering advice to the freshman class at Berkeley, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Although the piece is geared towards incoming Golden Bears, there’s definitely a lot of wisdom for any college student to gain.

Here are some of my favorite bits from “Advice to Berkeley freshmen from a recent #CalGrad“:

On Berkeley, in general —

Welcome to Berkeley — you’ve truly made an excellent life decision to be here. In addition to a world class education, get pumped for:

  • The stunning campus you now get to walk around every day. There’s no shortage of fresh oxygen to be had.
  • D1 sports. Did you know you get free football tickets?
  • All the events you now have access to, including concerts at the Greek, the Fox Theater, and Zellerbach Hall.
  • #SF
  • The vibrance and color of the city you now live in. Street markets, kite festivals, and people of all kinds.
  • The potato puffs at Gregoire. ‘Nuff said.

On dating —

I now realize that college was one of the few times in my life that I’ll ever be surrounded by such a high density of similar minded, intelligent, and attractive women.

Guys, practice talking to girls. I still suck at it, that’s why I’m single. You can do better than me. Find a seat next to someone cute in class this week and start up a conversation.

On community —

Test out student groups in your first and second years, then pick a few activities and commit to them when you’re a junior. Finding a group of people who share an interest is an easy way to make friends and will make Cal feel more like a home away from home.

Be sure to check out the full article. It really is a great read!

3 thoughts on “Dear Cal Freshman”

    1. Hi Varun! Haha thank you 🙂 I’ve only had this blog for a few months now.
      Your article was awesome! I agree with so many of the things you mentioned. I tried to embed it into my post, but that didn’t work so I ended up just posting the link and some excerpts. Looking forward to reading more from you!


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