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I am here. Crossword day one of the here we have the South. This is known as the Barefoot Station. This. So right now I'm here for brunch. As you can see, there are many drink options here in the office. Coffee, tea, bubbly drink, carbonated stuff. So over here we have. Hello. It's like that. Like for brunch that they have is like a carving station with stuff. So I am. See right now. And when you get want to be a meat entree, don't you see? Eggs. And they pretty much everything get. So here is my breakfast for today. I have some occasion. Fries. I have the chicken, apple sausage and some veggies. And honestly, I'll probably go back for seconds because it's all you can eat, and I'm You guys. It is good in their orientation way. Just got breakfast. Waited in that long. I don't think you can see it, but we just got four items. Way Got a code bagel, some eggs, some muffin. It's definitely like what you're gonna face in society. So make sure you're prepared for that. No way. Wait. Guys finished orientation. They ate lunch at unit three on DH. We're basically here. Just showing out before we get a tour at UC Berkeley campus. So during orientation, we just did an icebreaker. Introduce yourselves. Three ice breakers. There's a lot. Here's a recreational room. Basically, there's a piano decide. Uh, this is where we wait for the team. Dorm way Booth. What? So years they're down there, you got to check in This's the Cunningham all where I live of our units. You place I live in Cunningham. I'Ll show you guys around other places Way got the academic center on the bottom mailroom meeting rooms. Before you answer your room, you always have to scan your card. Andi, this is to allow, like not students. So you need to check in. Spot is down here. Yeah. Uh, there's also tally call. That's, uh, building next to ours and then water, huh? I think we're the only building that has a theme. The Asian Pacific theme, which is Consul called a path. You have a like you put your bike here, the key to lock your stuff in and then yeah, this is unit two. I'll give you guys a tour of the U. C. Berkeley campus right after this. Sadly, I'm not going to include that video, but I'll definitely close one when it's ready in the future. But here's something that's awesome. Okay, So this is a video of how grateful I am to you were doing a Sophie video. So just thank you for being my life. I love you, Mom. Working so far. All right, That's an NBA video. They're, like, common subscribe and peace. Okay, So what we did with our dorm is we kind of decked it out with some lights, As you can see, think they're technically not allowed because it's like a fire hazard. But they honestly make the rooms so much prettier because the room on Lee comes this like, bright, super like or be moon looking light thing. And it gets hard on your eyes, to be honest. So yeah, what we did is we brought in some string lights. It makes the room just feel a lot more like home. It's a lot of ambient lighting, which is really nice. It's much warmer. It just feels really cozy. So that's super nice. I love having that. What else? I highly, highly highly recommend bringing your own desk lamp like one of these, because at night it just gets really dark. And it's super nice to have this on a night just like shining at your workspace. Another thing that I have is my mug here. I love having my mug Whenever I'm studying, I loved have my drinks. I love tap my sax. I literally have an entire I have, like, an entire, like stash of snacks back here like those air snacks. I have a whole Lhasa choose. It's everything in here or snacks like I love it. I recommend packing like for sure, like a lot of my clothes do not fit in the closet. This might not be a problem for some people, but it's a little bit of a problem for us. We managed to keep the room pretty clean. My pro tip is if you're going to bring something or, like, buy something new, have a place in mind for because you don't want to buy something and not know where to put it. That's how let clutter starts, and it just becomes a mess. So that's how we keep our room clean. Oh, a shower Caddy is essential. Mine is pretty minus, pretty minimum. I'm a pretty minimalistic person. I just have like face wash, body wash all that stuff. Here's my recommendation. I recommend getting a life one of the shower caddies that you put over a hook because the thing is like you, I personally would never want to put my caddy on the ground like that just seems nasty to me because you don't know what's on the ground. I recommend getting one that fits over the shower hook. Um, you will need a laundry basket. You only laundry detergent. You will have to do your own laundry. We brought a little water filter, which is really nice. Um, whenever you want to drink water, you know, you have clean water right there. From what I've heard, Berkeley top water is actually really good. I've just never had it because we have the water filter. It's like, why not just use the water filter, you know, um and yeah, that's all I have. So I'm here with Kobe. He lives on my floor. He is also a freshman. Yeah. Introduce yourself. Where you from? What are you majoring in or anything you want to say? Yeah. Hi. I'm Kobe to win. I'm from Riverside, California. I'm majoring in molecular biology here at UC Berkeley. Prematch. In addition, I am doing an education, So yeah, UC Berkeley has this. I don't know if ever there schools have, if they had one of these programs called Cal Teach and which you can do any major you want in the stem field, and then, um and you can do count each with it and so right. When you graduate and get your bachelor's degree, you also get your teaching credential sink into you, trying it out or like, let's say, like you need to be teaching credential for some other thing to be a professor or something. Because maybe you want to masters, you know, but you will have it, you know? I mean, you have that teaching credential, and it's like you just have to get to take a few extra classes. But it's like one class, one class, like every It's not. It's not even cool. Okay. Why did you pick him? C B is your major. What I think Well, I knew in high school I wanted to, like, be premed. Not because of parents forced me to just It was me who use me. I wanted Teo. Okay, sure. I'm sure you don't want to be an engineer. Uh, no, actually, they were like, you should be a law student. I was like, No, no, no, no. But I just have to be based because yeah, I'm pretty mad and, like, always really like chemistry. Nerd. Like I've always like Hammond bio like those those subjects always like like they captured me the most. I mean, like, I was getting off the subject, but they just warn is interesting as a camera by. Well, how do you feel about like I'm CBS? Because I know nothing about House is roomy on its right. Yes, we are. Okay, we're gonna be super completely honest. I'm beyond Berkeley is like it's pretty good. I mean, like, there's a billion won kids doing it that's most pretty competitive in and of itself. A lot of likes, least lower division class is gonna be competing, play ten majors and like bio majors, simply engineering. There's like, sit like there's engineering people how to, like take him for some reason. Yeah, we do. Yeah, you do, uh, like math majors for, like your math classes like you're you're gonna be competing with people who literally do this stuff. Has there, Major, just to fill your rewrite just for you. Be honestly like it's not Mormon. Knock on TV like it's a great here unproduced officers we like, from what I you're going to be watching it after supper. Dave's like Your Grace. What, like their nav, are like the grades go up? You know, GP is exactly, Yeah, you agreed to go. No operatives and, like the presses are amazing. And the department's really like nice, Only bad thing is kind of like you're jealous on us, is it? I was like, It's a college of letters, and science is close understand sciences, advising his great They're not too helpful and and everything like they just kind of like plan your stuff out. I don't really like clear us how hard courses Khun b Or like other classes you could take. Which better You know, this and that. You only know your name, mister. I d number okay. Yeah. Cool. Alright. Three zero, thirty three. You know, like it is what it is. But like they do have the resource is like a lot of reasons. If you go take it like you know Well, best slash worsening for Berkeley is like it's cool anymore that you're high schools. If you're high school's a swimming pool it is the ocean is the Pacific Ocean sprint you flies you on a helicopter drops. You're in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Expected to swim right on DH. That's like that's that's for some, you know, for some high schools are like the students. Like that's tough because most because everyone's had their well, you know, at least had something. Some stuff like here we get to go out and get it. Let's go find those recent physical and, like, take it for yourself and like, get that advising that you need no one's gonna do it for you. So that's like that's based like Alan s Avinash Ellen. I'm suggested I show you really have to go out and look for the things that and healthy. Oh, yeah? Do you have any like, closing words are final advice either to someone who's like looking toe by Takao or Argh! Just like student. Um, if you're applying to cow, it's a very holistic process, really angry. Like most you see, there's there's a wide spectrum of kids who get And so, like, even if you don't, you don't You mean, if you think like you don't have the best grades, you know, like there's other thing parts of your application people might life, you know, like they actually check every single part of your act, you know, and that's really good. Or maybe like you do have the best phrase. How much you know, Like it's a very holistic view. So they'll take consideration. Yeah. You got accepted in your regions, by the way. I'm a region you are in for a good one. You are VIPs here. Priority registration. I think you get priority housing everything. You want me to hit you with the region's stuff that you get? Man, I'm here because I don't know what you get. You get party registration, As always. You re just transfer scholarship. You have a monetary scholarship. And it is not in this based, like need is based on financial aid. So, like so. That's only like things that my company, his vessel, financial need. But even if you have zero financial need, they're still monetary like they still give you money. Regardless, you also get a thousand dollars to make your own research that you can do any time at your time in town, if you like. Like, just give them your thesis or something with that. And then, like, look, a few thousand dollars. You could do it if they bitch you have. You are instantly a member of the reasons chance of Scholarship Association. Which is amazing. I love it. Such that on your own, you get a big boost. Your resume. Like here at Berkeley. If you put on your resume your region, consider yourself in the lab were like, consider yourself in that research like I got into like you too different groups here. Just because like I asked him for like only a You're great. But like regions, it's true. And you get your own. You get assigned your own faculty mentor. My back to you. Mentor is actually like an emeritus for plant pathology. Research elapse you one of the biggest ones here, basically. Like it's Dr Whatever. I wanted their field. That fact. Imagine everyone gets assigned the best big stuff. So if you got accepted it and this is like you got a scent earlier in your regions like, No, they'll bring you up here. You should come up here. And if you got accepted, and if you can come to Calais or whatever or like to take a visit to cow, it was definitely this thing's here's out first here. Like, I didn't know if I wanted to be here though. Like after spending a life some time here, like just walking around visioning myself. Being a student here, I was kind of death. I could be a superhero this Well, I would like to go. Yeah. Also, if you do plan on going, Oh, manager time. Well, there's so much stuff to do here like it's It's amazing. It's great. Like it's amazing, right? Last thing, Fargo Just kill Bears. Everyone. It's Karen again. So right now I am heading down to downtown Berkeley to get some gelato with my roommates. And what I want to show yesterday is how easy public transportation is in Berkeley. So basically, as a birthday student, what you get is you get what's known as a Clipper card, and this allows you public transportation pretty much like through any agency in the Bay Area, which is really, really nice, and you get free bus rides through a C transit and buses right here. You. Hey, everyone. So we're now in downtown first week, and as you can see, there's a lot of city life. That says what is known in downtown. Hey, I'm right here. We have Bart's Kenshin. We have the participation where you can access even more public transportation. And, yeah, you can travel throughout the Bay Area. Today we're downtown. Ten year anniversary. That was what? Like everyone is. Good morning, everyone. So right now I am walking to my anthropology and I'm going to show you one of the lecture halls on campus. So when I'm talking to you right now is continent exam plant biology. This is actually one of the smile. This it only house is about two hundred students has the bigger one task like seven hundred students. So this is the lecture hall in genetics and plant biology. Has he conceded House is a good number of students, about two hundred, but it's actually one of the smaller ones on campus. And you can see student slowly fowling in for class today. Here is another lecture hall and campus. This's Wheeler Hall. It's got a large auditorium and also got some possums within it. And on the right side, you can see the Campania Lee Tower, which, wise right behind it. So here I am, walking into real at all a different angle because why not? And yeah, you can see. Well, Hall is pretty big. It's really nice and grand super pretty. Mike. What? To make sure we're not skipping over it in these cases. So now let's fight. Hi, everyone. My name is Karen. I gotta UC Berkeley, which, if you don't know, is in Berkeley, California It's in Northern California and fun fact. We are actually the very first UC campus. So if you're not familiar with the UC system, there are, I believe, ten. You see, scattered throughout the scattered throughout the state and Berkeley was the very first You see the open and we actually just celebrated our one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. But because we are the first ever, you seize it school, we get to call ourselves cow. No other school in the UC system gets the call themselves this a little bit about myself. I am originally from Southern California in a very suburban town called Rancho Cucamonga, if you know where that is. Yeah, go Inland Empire. And I am an ex major, which stands for electrical engineering and computer science, and I'm super excited to show you around UC Berkeley. Yo, what's up, guys? We're really at Cal Topia. This's one of the biggest events birthdays hosting, so there's actually lots of booze around, and you basically can check out every single one of them. You have free prizes, uh, stuff, no. Wait. Yeah. Yo, What's up, guys? I'm on a boosted board on this is actually electrically powered on. One of the features of counsel was also safety booth. Way quite heavy. Three trials. You also just get Booth. Wait, so this is pretty heavy. You gotta watch out. But it's really transportation fees on pills, so you knows everything. So this is gonna be my second time doing pull ups for the Marines. Let's see how much I weigh. Wait well. Wearing front of ROTC ten. We're gonna see how much push ups you can do it, Max. Uh, is eighty five so far? Hopefully, I can beat that grand prize. Basically, just people doing push ups down there and they're just counting. Wait. All right, my guys, we're gonna do some push ups with me. How much you think you're doing? Thirty five, thirty five, thirty five. Right. Let's get it, then. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen. Get lower, man. Come on. Twenty, twenty one, twenty two, twenty three, twenty four, twenty five, six, twenty seven, twenty eight twenty. Finished A push up contest. I won. Oh, three records. Uh, how much you got? What a surprise. Oh, I think eighty five was the speaker, so I was able to get this piece here, and I'm happy you guys attend Jet Challenge Coming description If you guys got more than one of three. Wait. Ah. Wait, wait. Wait, wait. You don't want Some guys were at sliver. Pizza weighs on DH. I got three slices of pizza plus one Coca Cola. So you got options. This is actually the first night we've eaten out at a restaurant in Berkeley. Way usually eat at roads Crossroads, but yeah, Here's my my guy friends. You introduce yourself. So Garba and, uh, I just called you a G man, but he has somewhere interests me. I want to be mostly millionaire. Get a Lambo. He wants to get on to your baby. You got a bamboo events, a door? I want to get an elemental Uh what are your goes on? Like eclairs? Yes. Well, you, Daniel, you saw Daniel yesterday. You went to the basket. Of course with me and Tim. Ana, You guys play the last game right now, is it? What way? Battle on your good bro. Yeah. All right, go ahead, boss. You guys ready? Set, go, go! Do you go? I got you to thank for Okay, Hella fast. Yeah. So there's a casino in the middle of birthday? Uh, it's in Straw Hall. So this is one of the events that we do in going very imitation. You guys just want to introduce you to People's Park. This is a legendary place where all the people from different countries come. Probably stay here even overnight since they don't have a place to stay. Uh, so, yeah, this is the design of it. Um, I wouldn't recommend going here at night because you don't know what happens. You know, it's probably unsafe in this district. I live in unit two, so it's really close to here, So Isa Museum, wait. Hello, everyone. It is Karen again, and it's a very exciting day because it is big game weekend. So I am spreading my Berkeley here today because this weekend we are playing, um, against our rival, which a Stanford University across the bay there located in Power Alto and no, not to bag on them. But we are the better school in the Bay area. Uh, I'm just getting, but Stanford is considered our biggest rival and we're playing against them this weekend. And it is a big deal here at directly like it's called the big game because, like, it's the most look towards a game. But the entire season. Um, our rivalry with Sanford goes years like I don't even know the whole history of Berkeley or Stanford or anything. But I know that our rivalry is strong. Um, the big game is like important because there's, like this tradition with the axe. It's like a literal acts, and the axe gets passed on to whoever wins the game that year. And guess what? Berkeley has lost every year for eight years. Um, so we don't have a very good track record against Stanford, but that's okay. Um every year, we still hype it up and we amp it up, Um, so leading up to the big game every week, we have, like the big game rally and like, we literally have this event that's like chopping the trees. So they're like, chop down a tree, I think, and there's like a bonfire. It's like a huge deal. Um, if you don't know the symbolic reference behind that is that Stanford's mascot is a tree, which is pretty lame in comparison to Berkeley's Golden Bear just saying so. A little bit of a disclaimer. I actually I'm not a football fan. No. Have I ever been late? Literally, like, even if I go, I don't even know what's going on, So it's pointless for me to go. But I do love my school. And, um, I ended up recruiting some of my friends to help me get some footage and some pictures from game day. Because, you know, I still think it's like a really cool and really big part of brick. We culture. Even if I personally hate football guys, it is a big game count, and as you can see,