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April 7, 2008 9:51 PM

CAL and I

After leaving UC Riverside and going to a community college in Sacramento, I initially had my mind set on going to UC Davis for my last years of college. It was a good school that would allow me to commute from home and save money. Fortunately, my parents encouraged me to look towards applying to UC Berkeley. Truth be told, I was a bit hesitate to apply because I was rejected as a freshmen admit. I realized that there was no harm in applying and decided to find out more about Berkeley.

After attending a transfer info session and CAL Day, I fell in love with the campus. Some of the buildings (like the Valley Life Sciences Building) blew me away. I don't know exactly how to describe it, but I just liked how the campus scenery felt to me. With this in mind, I decided to see if Berkeley's academia was a fit for me.

I looked through the many different majors that the school had to offer. It was a good thing too because I was a bit unsure what major to apply as at both UC Davis and Berkeley. As God would have it, I came across Molecular Toxicology. Immediately, I knew this was the major for me. I didn't even know such a major could exist, but it fit perfectly. I was always a science person and had grown an interest in reproductive toxicology after spending a year researching at UC Riverside.

My first acceptance letter came from UC Davis, but I was waiting for the one from Berkeley. After a quick prayer, I clicked on the CAL admissions website. The word "congratulations" came on the screen. I couldn't believe it and read it a few times over to make sure that my eyes weren't deceiving me. As weird as this may sound, it was one of the most happiest moments of my life.

Even a year and half later, I am grateful to be at Berkeley. I truly feel that I made the right decision. Although the courses have been difficult, I've learned so much and I value my time spent here. The faculty and staff within the College of Natural Resources have been very helpful especially during my first semester. I really feel that we are one of the best colleges at CAL. Make sure to come to CAL day and you'll see just how great Berkeley and the College of Natural Resources are.

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