Writing for the readers

A few years ago, I came across an article to “aspiring authors” that denied the term altogether. The gist of the argument was to cut out the qualifier: You’re either an author, or you’re not. There is no “aspiring,” only writing or not writing. This Yoda-esque concept, an essentially “do
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Living the collective life

When I first got the email that I had been accepted to UC Berkeley in 2010, I was obviously ecstatic. I had a free period and immediately went to go tell an English teacher who had gone here, and the one piece of advice he gave me that has defined
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One does not simply go to Berkeley

During my freshman year, I felt as lost and lonely as an astronaut stuck on Earth. I had dropped out of my engineering courses by week two. After hanging out with my floormates all night in the fire escape, I would go to bed still feeling dizzy and lonely. Then
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Editor’s note: Thank you

It’s traditional for the Daily Cal’s outgoing editor in chief and president to write a farewell column. The purpose of that column is to make some kind of book-ending statement about what it’s been like to lead this paper, or go to this school, or live in this city, or
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Making my own lucky breaks

I often think of life as a series of lucky breaks. Getting into UC Berkeley, being able to move across the country for school and falling in love with the place I chose seemed like an improbable string of good fortune. This notion continued when I found I would be
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Roll on Bears, roll on

I am graduating with nothing before me. I should be overtly anxious and scrambling, fumbling for a semblance of stability in the postgrad world, but instead I feel calm. Deep down inside, I have a gut feeling that everything will work out fine. Here’s why: I am about to graduate
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Finding community at Cal

Shared vulnerability. This has always fueled me. Academia tells us to distance ourselves from our vulnerabilities, to never study what makes us angry or scream and sadden to tears, but this vulnerability and this passion has always been the only reason for my involvement in academia. Academics have rarely felt
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Cal Day Issue 2014

To all newly admitted students — congratulations, you’ve made it! All your hard work and dedication for the past few years have paid off and now you have your ticket to attend the No. 1 public school in the world! Not only is UC Berkeley world renowned in academia, but
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How to find your community at UC Berkeley

One foot in, and it was already hard to breathe. Struggling to find space in the overcrowded Sproul Plaza, the fast-paced atmosphere was palpable. The overwhelming number of people and fliers may make it difficult to get a true snapshot of Berkeley, but it is a great way to be exposed to all the facets of Cal.
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