Transferring is inherently political

Community-less College

Two years ago, I cried on the steps of De Anza College. I felt ashamed by the realization that I was a part of the single-digit percentage of Cupertino students who ended up going to community college. My internalization of this stigma knew no bounds — I would hide my
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Does networking work?

Getting a grasp on what exactly networking means, and how it differs from making friends, can be difficult. Some people define networking as simply as making connections. Are old friends considered part of someone’s network? What about siblings, or family members?
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The fear of mediocrity

I still remember every detail of the day I got my UC Berkeley acceptance letter — the happiness, the pride and, most vividly, the fear that I would not be good enough to survive here. It’s an ironic thing we feel here at UC Berkeley. Surrounded by some of the
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What does it mean to be an individual?

My cohort is allegedly narcissistic and selfish. Recently, LinkedIn found through a survey that 68 percent of millennials would sacrifice a friendship for a promotion. Ouch. I, too, could feign superiority and look down upon my generation, but that would be disingenuous of me. I don’t think our fears and anxieties are unfounded. The cost of living is higher. More than a quarter of a million college graduates last year had minimum wage jobs. Still, I am hesitant to say that the academy has turned students into immoral, irrational players of commercial interest, as Allan Bloom suggests in “The Closing of the American Mind.” If anything, I am rather uncharacteristically optimistic about the broadening of disciplines and diversity in the modern university, which, though imperfect, opens up the potential for collectivity. And I am rather optimistic about what my generation has to offer.
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Breeding the tech elite

In a time of growing uneasiness between local residents and tech employees within the Bay Area, UC Berkeley students are increasingly drawn to the riches of Silicon Valley

Earlier this week, I found myself at a Facebook recruitment meeting in Dwinelle Hall, filing into a lecture hall with other undergraduates gathered eagerly at the prospect of working for one of the Silicon Valley’s most lucrative companies. As tech hopefuls lined up, resumes in hand, to talk with recruiters,
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