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Fall Orientation 2022: New Bears on the Block

Picture this: Sproul Plaza is full of students dodging flyers while rushing to class, throngs of people with bright yellow lanyards pass the Campanile, and giant boxes fill previously empty apartments and dorms. School is back at UC Berkeley, and new bears are on the block! This time of year is often paradoxical – it’s exciting but scary, exhilarating but overwhelming, familiar yet unfamiliar.

Treat this problem as your guide for the semester. With stories of coping with impostor syndrome and finding community on an intimidating campus, we hope you feel comfortable as you approach the year ahead. Learn about Berkeley’s spooky legends, Berkeley’s most delicious restaurants, the giant introductory courses that UC Berkeley is infamous for, and the history of Berkeley’s militant culture.

Berkeley is a fantastic city full of layers to unravel. So before the sun turns to winter, pick up a copy of this issue, lie down on Memorial Glade, and start exploring your new home!

To pass beneath the stern face of Athena, Goddess of Wisdom, gazing down from the top of the north entrance of the Doe Library, is to enter a temple of truth born of coexisting contradictions: science and humanities, objectivity and subjectivity , form and function.

—Jonathan Hale

farmer's market photo

Taking a break from class and getting out of the campus bubble to explore the surrounding city can be a fun and rewarding experience. Here are some suggestions for your future weekend plans.

—Sanjana Manjeshwar

We are not here to immediately understand our role. We are here to step into a world of possibilities, to be the impostor and welcome the stranger.

—Gigi Laurin

class photoCoupled with waves of excitement, anticipation, and hope for a new school year, Berkeley’s infamous plus-size courses await new and returning students.

—Ashley Tsai

Photo by Michel TempranoThe rich diversity of intellect and expression rang out invigorating notes of purpose and progress, orchestrating an ambitious yet quiet melody that fascinated me.

— Michel Temprano

Illustration of Oski as a ghost rising from the seal of Memorial Glade

While struggling through a crowd of people on his way to his first lecture, UC Berkeley freshman F. Akeguy accidentally stepped on a campus seal – the first time anyone one has done it since 1987.

-Chris Ying

Berkeley Social Club Photo

Berkeley has some of the best and most varied restaurants you have to try. Check out this list and go try these restaurants.

—Jovana Camberos

Photo of Emma SolomonAs I packed up and drove back down the peninsula, my car and my heart felt a little fuller. Staff shirts and various club cords pushed between moving boxes had become my own personal measures of belonging.

—Emma Solomon

Illustration of a collage of Berkeley related objectsAs a diverse school with students from all over the world with different types of backgrounds, styles, tastes and interests, it can be difficult to find your niche. Luckily, there are ways to find out which aesthetic you call yours.

—Maya Jiménez

Photo of the wall of the Free Speech Movement CafeA hallmark of UC Berkeley, education and activism have coexisted on campus since the Free Speech Movement.

—Rae Wymer

Photo by Alessi AyvazFor me, like many other student commuters, where I live has become the main defining characteristic of my college experience. To all my fellow commuters (including those arriving) you are never hopeless.

—Alessi Ayvaz

Infographic illustrating the best places to hit the grass around campusEither way, you’ll want a destination for your fresh air exploits. And on that note, here are four of the best outdoor activities to do around campus.

-Chanyoung Chung

Photo by Anyssa TorresYet somehow I still had this inclination to not belong either here or there. What if I didn’t belong anywhere?

—Anyssa Torres

Photo by Zachary KhouriIt might seem a little early to start reflecting on all the things I’ve changed since I started my journey at UC Berkeley last August, considering it’s only my sophomore year. That said, I firmly believe that I grew more in a single year than in my first 18.

— Zachary Khouri

Berkeley bucket list photoTake advantage of everything the UC Berkeley campus has to offer this semester and complete that bucket list with us.

—Jovana Camberos

photo of the research labGetting involved in research at UC Berkeley can be a daunting prospect as a new student, but there are plenty of opportunities to help you along the journey.

—Ratul Mangal

photo of berkeley programsTake this quiz to find out which of UC Berkeley’s most popular majors best matches your personality!

—Stella Kotik

And that’s where the risk comes in – not just pursuing the communities that make us feel at home, but rather bringing the community within you to the communities beyond you.

—Adriana Temprano

Photo by Mahika SinghalBelonging is visceral and tactile, so lick it all up and smash your face against every surface.

— Mahika Singhal

From an unprovoked attack on a lover to a mysterious disappearance, from a blind tragedy to a rebound turned companion, Annie’s stay at the Campanile can be read as a pitch for a prime-time short story.

—Matt Brown and Maria Young

Photo by Tatum HandelWith a series of failed friendships and explosive fallouts behind me, I now understand that change doesn’t have to be a big, scary thing.

— Tatum Handel