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Tori Sardillo

About Tori Sardillo

Hey readers, welcome to Bear Talk! My name is Viktoria Sardillo—Tori for short. I am a second year Molecular and Cell Biology major, originally from Apple Valley, California. In addition to leading tours as a Campus Ambassador, I am involved in VMO (Volunteers for Medical Outreach), PAHC (Pilipino Association for Health Careers), PCN (Pilipino Cultural Night) Dancing Cast, and Cal Triathlon. I am fiercely passionate about human health and wellbeing, and believe that the key to collegiate success is striking a balance between academics and personal/extracurricular commitments. UC Berkeley is a beautiful, dynamic place where I am constantly inspired and challenged to become the best person I can be—I hope that by sharing my stories, you too can catch a glimpse of Berkeley’s magic. Thanks for reading and GO BEARS!

Bike at It Again: An Ode to Group Cycling

Performing well in school, balancing a thriving social life, and maintaining a healthy diet plus exercise regimen—that’s the goal right? Though it sounds straight forward, it’s often difficult to juggle all the elements collegiate living has to throw at you. Thankfully, here at Cal, the RSF (Recreational Sports Facility) has all Berkeley students covered in regards to keeping active and healthy.

Nestled conveniently behind the Haas Pavilion, the RSF is UC Berkeley’s largest fitness center. The RSF spans an impressive 100,000 square feet, including an Olympic sized swimming pool, seven basketball courts, seven racquetball courts, three weight rooms, six squash courts, and plenty of workout equipment (treadmills, ellipticals, stationary bikes, rowing machines, and stairmasters). In addition, the RSF also has space for group exercise classes, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and martial arts. Best of all, the cost of using the facility is completely covered for Cal students—just swipe your ID card, and you’re in. It’s basically an exercise junkie’s paradise!

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Conquering The Race Even Marathoners Fear

Did you know, the event that the Wall Street Journal dubs “the race even marathoners fear” is hosted exactly 13.6 miles away from Berkeley? Well it is—and that event is called The San Francisco Marathon.

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The San Francisco Marathon Course Map

Hosting approximately 26,000 runners from all over the world, The San Francisco Marathon is known for its amazing views of Fisherman’s Warf, its spectacular course along the Golden Gate Bridge, and, most importantly, its killer hills winding throughout the steepest inclines throughout SF. It’s a thrilling and gratifying experience, and best of all, it’s well within commuting distance from Berkeley!

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Dinner in SF: The Surprise We Kneaded

One of the perks about going to Cal is its close proximity to San Francisco. Aside from being a city of great historical significance, SF is filled with all the exciting sights, sounds, and tastes that could easily satisfy any local, tourist, or student.

San Francisco’s close proximity and accessibility for Berkeley students also allows for the perfect spontaneous weekend outing for friends—and as you can imagine, we take full advantage of that opportunity here at Cal. Luckily, we can satiate those SF cravings as soon as they begin, since SF only about half an hour away by BART (and even less time by car).

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The Golden Bears Take Vietnam (Or Vice Versa)

For college students, summer break is the perfect time to kick back, relax, and rejuvenate our minds and bodies before jumping right back into the rigors of classwork and exams—that is, of course, if you’re not planning on taking up a summer class, an internship, or maybe even a job or two, which, let’s face it, is probably what most of us are guilty of doing here at UC Berkeley. We may be taking on more responsibilities, but we most definitely are not squandering our precious 3-month break. Sure, summer means more time to relax, but as ambitious golden bears, we’re always looking for the next challenge, the next opportunity for growth and experience.

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A Weekend of Inspirational Proportions

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One of my favorite things about going to school at Berkeley is the constant exposure to the hustle and bustle of a campus teeming with vibrant activity. By virtue of attending school at a large, prestigious public university in an urban setting—and, of course, by being surrounded by fiercely passionate and wholeheartedly enthusiastic peers—there’s always something exciting going on. This past weekend, that special “something” for me was the 2016 Minorities in Health Conference. This year’s theme: Owning Your Identity—A Self-Navigating Guide to Careers in Health.

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Something Extraordinary

Sometimes, life at Cal can get busy—really, really busy. As students at the number one university in the world, it’s only logical that we dive right into our college experiences, immersing ourselves in academics, clubs, work-study jobs, intramural sports, student government—the list goes on and on. We live for involvement, thrive on competition, and frequently excel at pulling all-nighters to compensate for our tendencies to over commit… Okay, maybe that last part is just me, but I guarantee every Berkeley student has experienced this at least once in his/her college career. It’s inevitable. Where there’s success, there’s hard work. Where there’s hard work—yup, you guessed it—there’s stress. While I admit, I occasionally fall victim to that characteristic midterm season stress, I heard something today that completely changed my attitude.

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The Path to PCN 40: Balikbayan

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It’s no secret that UC Berkeley’s student body is comprised of a plethora of people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Being around so many people of so many different cultures is a unique and thrilling experience that I certainly never had in high school. That said, after enrolling as a student at Cal and seeing all the amazing opportunities to engage in cultural exploration, I decided to take a leap of faith and join the Pilipino American Alliance’s production of the 40th annual Pilipino Cultural Night.

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A View from the Top

As much as we’ve all been enjoying our spring semesters thus far, I’m pretty sure I can speak for a vast majority of the student body when I say I’d been anxiously awaiting the sweet relief of spring break—I love Cal, but even the most spirited bears need breaks too, ya know! After ten long weeks of arduous scholarly toil, spring break was the much anticipated, gleaming light at the end of the midterm season tunnel. It was a breath of fresh air for us weary students, and allowed us time to catch up on studies or those much needed z’s.

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On the Right Track

Despite the daunting, twenty-minute uphill walk from the UC Berkeley campus, there’s something really special about the Clark Kerr dorms. Famous for its coveted larger-than-your-average-shoebox dorm rooms and Great Hall-esque dining facility, Clark Kerr is hands down Cal’s best residence hall  (though I admit I may be a teeny bit biased). The beautiful, Spanish mission-style architecture, sprawling lawns, and various amenities— I’m talking on-site pool, gym, softball field, archery range, fire trail access, and volleyball/basketball/tennis courts—provide a welcoming breath of fresh air after a long day of classes. Following a tiring day, it’s easy to kick back in the grass and check out the killer sunsets and views of the bay, all in the comfort of your home-away-from-home. On weekends, it’s not uncommon to see students interacting with laughing families, pets included, while lounging in the grassy patches scattered about the buildings. With its large rooms, great views, and laid-back vibe, it’s quite easy to see why the residents love CK so much.

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