A final challenge

Voice of Reason

MadlineDyer_online

The education UC Berkeley students such as myself receive goes unparalleled. Not only do we hear lectures from renowned, Nobel Prize-winning professors across several acclaimed departments, but we also do groundbreaking research with them, changing the world and how we understand it. Respected figures from the public, private and social
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Look Back At It

Zoe Kleinfeld_online

I can’t remember what came first — wanting to be a grown-up or wanting the approval of grown-ups. What I can remember is that my mother had a small drawer full of perfume baubles and rings and makeup, and that on the first day of fifth grade, I snuck into
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Fake it ’til you make it

(In)secure

Kelsi Krandel_online

My roommate Michelle came through the door and flopped down on her bed. “Dude, like four people stopped me today to ask me for directions.” I looked up from my laptop at her. “Really?” “Yeah, it was so weird! I don’t know why — it’s not like I know where
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Conveniently best friends

Comfort Food

Lauren Ahn_online

We sat on her bed, typing our respective college essays — hers for schools on the East Coast and mine for schools on the West Coast. The sound of gently pressed keyboard letters permeated the room and it was the only sound we heard with the exception of a growling
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MadlineDyer_online

Damned if I do, damned if I don’t

Voice of reason

I remember having dinner with a bunch of other Republican college students two years ago after a long day doing Get Out The Vote. Neither the GOTV nor the celebratory dinner that evening was very enjoyable. I did not get the memo that I would be walking from house to
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Zoe Kleinfeld_online

The trains that could

Look Back At It

To receive a driver’s license in the state of California, applicants must be at least 16 years of age with parental permission, or else wait until they are 18 years old. They must provide a car for the drivers test. Nothing else is required. I didn’t get my license until
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Kelsi Krandel_online

Take it like a man

(In)secure

Nathan Lee sits across from me on the bench as we both scarf down a late dinner. Inside the theater across the street, our dance group’s tech rehearsal is underway for our big shows that weekend. He’s a very different person than the guy I met freshman year — more
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Lauren Ahn_online

Childhood trauma

Comfort Food

I heard the screams weekly, echoing through the house, like an alarm clock set on weekday mornings. They filled the emptiness of the hollow rooms down the hall, the pleas for mercy apparent in the desperation of the young woman’s voice. She begged and resisted to little avail, the pounding
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MadlineDyer_online

Sproul segments

Voice of Reason

I remember being confused and overwhelmed by the madness that is Sproul Plaza as a freshman at UC Berkeley. Every day during my first week as I walked to class, way too ahead of schedule as I had yet to learn about “Berkeley time,” I was inundated with flyers. Most
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Zoe Kleinfeld_online

Courses for college

Look Back At It

In April 2013, I decided to attend UC Berkeley. Accompanying me were 16 other students from my graduating high school class of about 350. Even more than that were accepted — which is to say that admissions to a University of California institution was not considered a particularly remarkable feat.
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