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BERKELEY'S NEWS • NOVEMBER 20, 2022

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My eagerness and determination to change the world in a positive way (along with the inspiration I have gotten from those who support me) has helped me “break the chain” as my father once said. 
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My eagerness and determination to change the world in a positive way (along with the inspiration I have gotten from those who support me) has helped me “break the chain” as my father once said. 
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Not seeing any Black professors or students was tough — how could any of my peers relate to me? The lack of representation was frustrating in the sense that I had no mentors with a path similar to mine.
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Not seeing any Black professors or students was tough — how could any of my peers relate to me? The lack of representation was frustrating in the sense that I had no mentors with a path similar to mine.
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While the Cal Grant is considered a need-based form of financial aid, GPA requirements act as barriers to a seemingly scholarship-esque opportunity.
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While the Cal Grant is considered a need-based form of financial aid, GPA requirements act as barriers to a seemingly scholarship-esque opportunity.
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In the past few days, Ukraine has also taught the rest of the world what it means to love freedom, what it means to be brave in the face of danger and what it means to be a hero.
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In the past few days, Ukraine has also taught the rest of the world what it means to love freedom, what it means to be brave in the face of danger and what it means to be a hero.
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It is clear that UC Berkeley administrative leadership has much work to do regarding its response to COVID-19 and the many challenges it creates surrounding in-person instruction.
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It is clear that UC Berkeley administrative leadership has much work to do regarding its response to COVID-19 and the many challenges it creates surrounding in-person instruction.
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In typical fashion, I have decided to simply let future me make the decision between further education and finding a job.
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In typical fashion, I have decided to simply let future me make the decision between further education and finding a job.
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Every time someone stopped me on campus to thank me for voicing issues facing first-generation students, I felt like I was doing something right.
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Every time someone stopped me on campus to thank me for voicing issues facing first-generation students, I felt like I was doing something right.
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I often wished I knew how to help my family and those in my community so that law enforcement wouldn’t take advantage of them.
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I often wished I knew how to help my family and those in my community so that law enforcement wouldn’t take advantage of them.
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Growing up with random acts of kindness as a part of a daily routine instilled me with compassion and encouraged me to continue practicing them.
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Growing up with random acts of kindness as a part of a daily routine instilled me with compassion and encouraged me to continue practicing them.
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In moments of darkness, I invite you to utilize the same grit, tenacity and determination that has coursed through your family’s veins for generations.
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In moments of darkness, I invite you to utilize the same grit, tenacity and determination that has coursed through your family’s veins for generations.
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