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September 12, 2007 2:08 PM

My (somewhat easy) transition to Cal

My transition from high school to college was probably a little different then most people here. I’m from Albany—no not Albany, New York—but Albany, California, you know, that little town right next to Berkeley where people go bowling? Well if you don’t know, it’s like 10 minutes away…if that. Even though I lived in the dorms, I had the privilege of taking the bus home whenever I wanted. Like Alex, my senior class was very small; I knew everybody by name and pretty much grew up with them since first grade. Only a hand-full of us went to Cal, so socially, everything was pretty new for me. At first I was a little nervous about meeting new people but within the first few days, I met some really great people who shared similar interests as me and have formed some really tight friendships. Don’t be afraid of introducing yourself to new people!

Don’t be afraid of checking out campus clubs, student groups, etc. too. There are so many opportunities on campus to explore—look out for flyers, emails, or ask people—I’m sure you will be able to find something that you are interested in! At first you might think that concentrating on your studies is the only thing you should do, but honestly, getting out there and doing fun things are important too.

Try to break out of your shell and just think that everyone else has to do the same exact thing—you aren’t alone! If you need some fun ideas of where to go or what to do, just drop by our PAL office hours and ask us! We’d love to talk to you!


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