Coming into college, most students opt to live in the dorms for a variety of reasons. At UC Berkeley, 95% of first-year students live in on-campus housing, and at many other colleges, this percentage climbs even higher. Even after the first year, some students opt to continue living in the dorms if possible, whether that be by personal choice, employment (becoming a Residential Assistant), or convenience. Here are some factors to consider:
As the national deadline to commit to a college quickly approaches, the next step in your college journey will be to start thinking about and purchasing items you need for your college dorm room! Living in the dorms at Berkeley all four years of college, this blog contains a list of items you should consider bringing to your college dorm.
strategies to pick your best-fit college: a guide to admitted/waitlisted students days, virtual resources, and college research
First and foremost, CONGRATULATIONS! If you’re reading this, you are probably a high school senior/transfer student about to embark on a huge life journey: COLLEGE. You’ve worked hard during high school/community college to keep up your grades, which all culminated in a lengthy college admission process. Now, with most of those days behind you, you have a huge decision to make.
After my recent blogs regarding the waitlist and how to choose a college to commit to, today I will be talking about the Letter of Continued Interest (LOCI). You may feel discouraged about waitlist offers because you have to wait even longer to find out whether you are accepted to a college, but the silver lining of the waitlist is that the college admissions team sees something special within you.
Congratulations! March is coming to a close, which means you will be hearing back from all of the colleges that you have applied to. The national deadline to commit to a college is May 1st, so you have until then to choose which college you want to attend. This blog will give you some factors to consider when making your final college decision and some factors that you should not consider when making this life-changing decision.
When it comes to the Common Application, most essay prompts are asking rather similar questions. College Admissions Officers want to know what your identity is made up of: what your background is, what makes you tick (what your passions are), how you engage with those around you and apply yourself within your community, and how you respond to failure.
For most people, the dynamic of college life is something that is brand new, and can be difficult to navigate. Managing your time can prove to be much harder than it was in high school, and a lot of the day that was once taken up by a rather rudimentary timeline of waking up, eating breakfast, going to school, taking classes, eating lunch, taking more classes, and ending the day with an extracurricular activity, homework, or social outings, now has a bit more flexibility.
Going to college can be very daunting because you are leaving the comfort of the hometown you grew up in and venturing off into a new stage in your life. When attending college, whether online or in-person, you will be surrounded by many people from all different parts of the state, country, and world. Even if you go to a school where friends from high school are attending, you will still be in a new community with the opportunity to meet new people.
Throughout my life, I’ve always been someone to prioritize enjoying the moment: I never wanted to dwell too much on things, and I always wanted to feel present in everything that I did. Even when I felt sad or down, I wanted to find energy to pick me up elsewhere: seeing friends, watching a new TV show, going on an adventure - I found external ways of finding joy in my life, and while I found happiness and strength in embracing those things, it wasn’t until college that I realized that I couldn’t always look elsewhere for strength, and that living in the moment wasn’t always enough.
Juniors, it’s time to start planning and preparing for college applications! Reflecting back on my college application process and four years at UC Berkeley, I’ve compiled a list of things that I wish I knew before applying to college.