Hi, guys. Basically, I'm down to three colleges: USC with a half scholarship, Berkeley, and Duke (currently on the waitlist).
So I'm an Korean American guy living in Southern California. I'm interested in studying Environmental Studies and English in college, but I'm really open to exploring all my other interests. I'm more into the social science/policy aspects of environmental studies. What I want to do with my life is write fiction and maybe get a career in environmentalism.
I'm a pretty liberal, artistic guy. I love music and I definitely want music to be a major part of my life in college, even if I'm not getting a degree for it. I like the outdoors, but at the same time, being near or in a major city is exciting to me.
I'm not very career oriented, and I'm more of a follow-where-the-wind-blows type of guy, if you know what I mean. I don't care too much about making a lot of money or having a degree that'll wow people. I simply want to learn as much as I can in college without getting too many white hairs. That being said, I don't mean to say that I don't want to work hard. I have no problem with working hard or getting a few low scores, but I don't want to be hating life because I'm studying too much and not having any fun.
I'd like to party in college every once in a while, but I'd prefer doing other stuff with the majority of my free time. I want to meet interesting people from all sorts of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, people who have interesting ideas and hobbies and stories and who care about more than just making a lot of money or getting laid.
After reading my post, where do you guys think you can see me more? USC, Berkeley, or possibly Duke, assuming I can get off the waitlist? Do you think California's budget problem will be too big a problem in Berkeley? Do you think the benefits of a private school outweigh all the positives of Berkeley? And do you think I'd be tearing my hair out my scalp at Berkeley?
Thanks a lot, guys. I hope this wasn't too long.
I know you guys are all pretty biased, but from what I wrote and judging from my majors, do you think Berkeley is the one for me?