We have all either been (or felt like) that naive, bright-eyed freshman strong in our convictions — that is, until our time here at UC Berkeley completely and utterly changes them, and we evolve into the ridiculously mature people we are now. Right? We at the Clog have compiled a list of some common beginning-of-the-year, dewy-eyed freshman misconceptions and how they transform by the end of the year.
Beginning of the year: “The dining hall food is sooo good! I could eat at Crossroads forever!”
Beginning of the year: “We’re so close to San Francisco! I’m going to go there at least once a week!”
End of the year: “I recognize that I am trapped in the Berkeley bubble but am not willing to go all the way to Shattuck Avenue to get to BART and go anywhere else.”
Beginning of the year: “Wow, Berkeley is so bike-friendly! I’m going to get one! Or why don’t I just walk everywhere? It’s so nice out!”
Beginning of the year: “I can go out every weekend, no problem! It’s college!”
Beginning of the year: “I was super smart in high school. I won’t even have to study for this class!”
End of the year: “Hey, you sat near me in lecture the two times I went to class, and you looked like you were paying attention. Can I see your notes before the final?”
Beginning of the year: “I don’t really know much about the environment.”
End of the year: “FRACKING IS THE DEVIL.”
Contact Holly Secon at [email protected].