When 38 miles is too far

The truth is, it doesn’t matter how far away from home you are — starting a life in college, whether it’s down the road or across the country, can feel as foreign and disruptive as moving to the moon.
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First transitions

The Person Inside

There is really no other way of handling transitions than systematic desensitization — repeatedly walking through the doorway and thinking through the steps before going in to reduce that unknown factor.
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Only I can write my narrative

Cal in Color

Even if I’m just waiting in line at Peet’s Coffee, I’m all too aware that as soon as a stranger sees my headscarf, they immediately identify me as the “the Muslim girl.”
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The toddler transfer

The Sidebar

Almost all transfers feel the pressure of only having two years at UC Berkeley, but I didn’t have a chance to get settled in at junior college either.
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Freshman orientation program in dire need of logistical reform

Clearly, this isn’t the experience the campus wants its new students to have during their first week in Berkeley, and the administration needs to make some serious changes to its approach to help make GBO easier and more straightforward for freshmen and volunteers who make the program possible.
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