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April 6, 2009 3:33 PM

My Story: Why I Choose Cal

I am a transfer student from Southern California. When I applied 2 years ago, I applied to one out of state university on the East coast and 5 UCs, including Berkeley.

Among the 6 schools that I applied, only 3 schools offer Nutritional Science major. I applied to the other schools as Biology major, but I was more passionate about food science and intended to study Nutritional Science major. My rationale was if I don't get into the schools that has Nutritional Science, then I still have somewhere to go and study human biology, which still would allow me to be exposed to nutrition related topics.

Fortunately, I got in to all 3 of the schools that offer Nutritional Science major. Now I have to decide where I really want to go to finish my undergraduate degree. There were several things that I considered: financial support, friendship and environment.

One of the program was out of state, and it is a private school. After considering my financial status and their financial aid offer, I think it would be better if I stay in California so the burden would be less for me and my parents. So it went down to 2 of the programs within California.

Then, I was thinking if I have to spent a whole 2 years in some places other than my home town, where I would be happier? The 2 schools in California are both far away from my home, and it would be hard emotionally to get through the adjusting period without any friends and family support. I know a couple friends at Cal, but I don't know anybody for the other school. Also, my sister was a graduating senior at Cal when I receive the transfer admission offer. She was planning to stay at Berkeley area for another year after graduate. For me, it would be great to have a family member who is familiar with the environment, and I automatically have a roommate if I ended up coming to Cal. That is why I decided to come to Cal, and I love my decision thereafter.

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