One of my favorite parts of the UC Berkeley campus is the mix of scenery you can find all within a 5 minute walk. It is easy to go from the urban streets to nature to being surrounded by gorgeous campus architecture, all within a few minutes. After taking a semester abroad and coming back to campus, I found myself struck at just how beautiful the Berkeley campus is. The large white buildings, that towered over me as I walked through campus, made me feel a peculiar sense of inspiration and pride. I missed having such pretty views on my walks to class.
Studying abroad was always something I had dreamed of doing in college. I looked forward to exploring new cities, trying new food, and learning a new language. However, as the time to study abroad approached, I got very nervous. I loved studying at UC Berkeley and was scared of missing out on time with my friends, extracurriculars, and everything else that you’re only able to experience for the short 4 years you get in college. It’s very hard to leave your entire life behind, put everything on pause, and move to a new country where you hardly know anyone. That being said, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in my college career.