1. Get involved in a club- Okay, seriously. One of the reasons I wanted to go to Berkeley was the community. Literally, anything you’re interested in, there’s a club for it. I mean, it’s a great way to meet people and to do something productive in something you’re passionate about. To me, that meant getting involved in greek life through my Christian sorority, joining a Christian fellowship, and managing the Cal Women’s Basketball team. To go to a school with so many extracurricular activities is a blessing and you should definitely take advantage of it.
2. Make friends with your floormates/suitemates- I know most people have had different experiences with this, but I highly suggest making friends with them. These are the people you’re going to be living with for the next 9 months, so you better get used to them. Besides, they might actually turn out to be really cool people. I know I couldn’t have survived my freshman year without the people I met on my floor. There have been times when I was sick, or sad, or bored, or failing, or couldn’t go into my room and my floormates would be there for me. I’m so thankful for them.
3. Party hard, but study harder- When I say party, I just mean have fun, whatever that means to you. Take advantage of the time you have of freedom in college. I mean, go to frat parties, or stay up talking to your friends til 5 in the morning. Just do whatever it means so that you’re not sitting in your room alone at night. Live it up, but be warned that Berkeley has much more rigorous academics than you’re used to in high school. I definitely learned that the hard way. Go out and have fun, but don’t forget to study. You don’t want to be that one kid that’s spending all of dead week cramming because you didn’t keep up with the material all semester (that was me T_T).