Orientation Leaders to New Students: Welcome to UC Berkeley!
What insight can you offer to new Golden Bears leaving home for the first time?
“Keep an open mind! Be communicative with yourself and with others. Berkeley is a treasure — and is here to offer you so much, if only you let it. You may not acclimate 100% in the first couple of weeks, so give yourself time.” — Joyce
“Leaving home will be difficult for some folks at first but it also is a liberating experience. I feel like the most growth I experience is that time away from home. And I like knowing that when I do return home I am returning a better person. It may be tough but you will thrive!” — Tanisha
What is the coolest tradition on campus?
“I think one of the most cool traditions is the Big Game Week. It is one of our university’s busiest times for our spirit-related organizations as it signifies the time when our Cal Football team goes against our long-lasting rival, Stanford. While students who are in any of those organizations do most of the preparation, it’s also a reminder throughout the campus of the pride, spirit, and history that is present with UC Berkeley. I initially had no idea what this tradition was and didn’t understand why there were so many decorations on campus my first year, but I’ve grown to develop a deep appreciation for what our spirit-related organizations do to continue instilling a sense of pride within Cal Bears.” — Keita
What words of welcome and encouragement do you want to share with new students?
“You are about to embark in the best years of your life. You may not be able to see it yet, but UC Berkeley is like no other place in the world. Be ready to immerse yourself in the most interesting courses, talk to the smartest people, and share the ultimate passion to change the world with those around you. Cherish every single moment and be grateful, because time passes by quickly.” — Sofia
“Put yourself out there! When everyone is desperately trying to meet people, no one will think it’s weird if you walk up to other incoming students and introduce yourself. You could end up being best friends!” — Michaela
“Berkeley has a lot to offer and opportunities for students of all backgrounds; take advantage of what interests you around this university even if it means going out of your comfort zone. That can mean classes, majors, minors, extracurriculars, meeting new people, and finding new hobbies.” — Keita
How did you meet new people when you started at Berkeley?
“I sat next to people in lectures and dining halls, but I joined many clubs, including a fraternity, and those served as my main communities” — Jerome
What was the top resource that helped you as a new student?
“The Student Learning Center at the Cesar Chavez building was incredibly helpful. I attended a weekly study group for my statistics course and we reviewed quizzes and class material — it was a great way to practice outside of class.” — Sofia.
What is the most Cal activity for you?
“Going to a football game and being in the student section. Going up the Campanile!” — Joyce