Unsung heroes

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Having undergraduate opportunities like these not only benefits the students in the class, but also the staffers themselves. When departments let students take on a bigger role, everyone benefits.
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Lab overtime

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Having a class where labs were largely expected to be completed outside of lab time changed my perspective on what an “ideal lab” would be.
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A lesson in resources

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I was worried advising would never be personal enough, but I realize now, in such a large school, advising will be as personal as you make it.
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An unlikely pairing

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Looking back, I wouldn’t trade my semester abroad for anything. But I do realize that as a STEM major, it’s probably simpler not to go abroad at all.
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Minimal exposure

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When I arrived at UC Berkeley, I found that many of my peers had already been programming for years, whereas I was a true beginner to the subject.
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I grade my own homework

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The constant demand of being fully engaged with course material can be stressful, but I think the true value of UC Berkeley’s competitive environment is that I am constantly pushed to do more than I thought I ever could.
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The great competition

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When I came to Berkeley, instead of reaching out to my peers, I tended to work alone because I was overwhelmed by the huge class sizes and large workloads. Looking back on my four years, I wish I had seen the benefits of working with my peers sooner.
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Proofs in high heels

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Because there are so few women in STEM, the expectations for us are even higher, so it’s hardly surprising that my “Numerical Analysis” professor helped instill confidence in me.
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Love thy major?

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When people ask me why I chose math as my major, my response is simple: It just happened. I didn’t come to UC Berkeley set on becoming a math major.
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