An illustration of columnist Annalise Kamegawa.

Annalise: Still a kid

At This Point

Caught in the awe of the day’s events, I couldn’t help but worry that the pieces of this day — the pastel mountains, the van of childhood friends — would be the happiest ones of my life.
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Lessons UC Berkeley teaches us outside the classroom

Over the previous years, numerous lists have been concocted so that newly-admitted UC Berkeley students might get a peek into this new exciting phase in their lives. Yet very few include the very personal, intellectual changes that a person is likely to undergo among the administrative learning curve, which is no less than a horror ride. Here are nine things you are most likely to soon recognize (if you haven’t already in high school) after one or two semesters at UC Berkeley.
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Finding your niche at UC Berkeley

After opening the acceptance letter plastered with the face of Amy Jarich, the woman who holds a mysterious allure surpassing even Chancellor Dirks’, my sense of self worth soared. It’ll be marked in my life history as my most monumental validation. It was perhaps the only time in my life where I felt as on top of the world as Oprah Winfrey does daily.
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Just breakfast

Off the Beat

I’m walking up Bancroft Way with my friend Lu. I’m happy to see her. After all, she has been in New York City all summer, and I am finally having a satisfying connection with a friend for the first time this semester. Up until this moment, I feel like I’ve
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Something in the air

There’s something permeating the crisp Berkeley air this weekend that’s tainting the entire experience. It smells vaguely familiar, like something your own dorm room might have smelled like 20, 30 years ago …
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Learning to accept an uncertain future

Salas in solace

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question that has plagued me for as long as I can remember. I’ve been asked countless times by distant relatives, complete strangers — pretty much anyone who wants an excuse to seem interested in my life.
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With my kindest regards

Sex on Tuesday

To the guy who blew me off last Friday: Hi. I hope your Friday was a blast. After not seeing you for months, I called you the other day to hang out because I wanted to catch up. It’s been a while. I wanted to share my summer adventures in
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OFF THE BEAT: Bookshelves and puzzle pieces

Someone once remarked there is absolutely nothing that compares with the influence of a mother. For me, it is a testament to a fine truth, one whose foundations transcend simple love, kindness and understanding. It holds a greater truth in my heart than I would like to admit at times.
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