Deciding on Berkeley

Airplane takeoff with sunrise in background
An airplane leaving from Washington-Dulles International Airport

“Out-of-state.” It’s a label placed on me by the Berkeley Financial Aid Office and a label I impose on myself in social circles. In fact, no term could better characterize my Berkeley experience. I have flown back-and-forth from Baltimore to Berkeley numerous times over the past 3.5 years. Berkeley is over 2,400 miles away from my home on the East Coast, and everything from the weather to the culture is vastly different. Sometimes people ask if I took the opportunity to study abroad while at Berkeley, and I always say that, while I technically didn’t, it feels as if I have been abroad for eight semesters. read more