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Chance me for top CS schools!

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  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    @Greyneer Thanks for the input!

    @ProfessorPlum168 Yeah, Berkeley is definitely the leading contender right now. I'll wait for the others before finalizing.

    @Rivet2000 Thanks for the input! Hopefully I'll have more offers to come!
  • hs2020kidhs2020kid Registered User Posts: 94 Junior Member
    @GoBears2023 - Congratulations on UCB admission - highly deserving. I am sure you will get into more great universities - appreciate if you can keep this thread open until you take a final decision and walk thru your decision process. I really liked the way you are taking in all the advice and explaining your thinking - many things to learn for people like me.

    about your cc username, I thought you are a Chicago Bears fan :)
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    @hs2020kid

    I'll keep updating this thread until June. Afterwards, I may start a blog or something. Also, the username was intended for Cornell but kinda failed. Its fine, the bear is a very versatile animal in terms of mascots for schools!
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 76,179 Senior Member
    Greymeer wrote:
    Does the regents scholarship pay your tuition? The description says it pays your need... which isn't the same thing.

    Historically, meets need based on FAFSA information without loans or work expectation. Since the loans or work expectation can be up to about $8,000 per year with normal FA, a Regents' scholarship for a California resident who would otherwise get normal FA has a monetary value up to about $8,000 per year above normal FA.
  • CollegePicksCollegePicks Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @GoBears2023, Congratulations to you on your acceptances. My son had also gotten UC Berkeley Regents but in the end he picked USC with trustee scholarship.He has thoroughly enjoyed his experience at USC for past 3 and half years and is graduating with both BS/MS in CS within 4 years with multiple awesome internships. So do keep USC trustee as an option and go for USC explore as it might turn out to be cheaper for you than UCB. All the best to you for your scholarship interviews and your other results!
  • jenny001jenny001 Registered User Posts: 18 Junior Member
    @GoBears2023 Congratulations! Cal's EECS is the best undergraduate CS program. If finally you decide to go there, you will definitely love there. You will graduate in 3 years.
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    @CollegePicks
    Thanks! Yes, USC's scholarship program looks amazing. If I get to the scholarship offer, it will definitely be one of my top choices. Also, USC's viterbi school is simply outstanding in all aspects!

    @jenny001
    Thank you for your kind words :)
    However, I don't think I'll try to graduate in 3 years. I want to enjoy my time in college which means learning whatever my heart desires while having time to relax!

    Looking forward to doing research!
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    Another advice for students:

    Too many of you guys stress out about the tiniest of things. No, one B won't kill your chances at college. No, the fact that you are the VP of a club doesn't ruin your credibility. No, you don't need to be the class president and valedictorian in order to get into an IVY. My strongest advice for everyone is to focus on feeding your innate curiosity. Whether it be diving in the coral reefs to get a taste of marine biology or sky diving to perfect your wing suit prototype, curiosity can take you places you never could have imagined.

    The current education system seems to be focusing on competition amongst students rather than nurturing students to follow their passions and giving them the necessary skills to excel in whatever they want to do. In my opinion, we should seriously reconsider our approach to education as a whole. Students should not have to worry about grades but rather whether or not they can try out all the things they are interested in. I propose that high schools and colleges should come together to remove the importance of grades and instead stress the importance of academic curiosity as a whole. College admissions should focus on how far a student has delved into a particular field rather than pitting a student who is a well-oiled test machine against another student who may not be the best at the ER&W section of the SAT but has taken advantage of all the opportunities they have and making something great out of it.

    Feel free to add your opinion below. This is just my viewpoint on curiosity and its current role in the somewhat flawed American Education system.
  • CollegePicksCollegePicks Registered User Posts: 16 Junior Member
    @GoBears2023, I saw that you are interested in doing research, So also wanted to let you know that USC also gives out Viterbi undergraduate research fellowship to the trustee scholars that allows you to do research starting your freshman year and you also get paid a research stipend.
    See below:
    http://viterbiadmission.usc.edu/fellows/

    Congratulations on getting the Yale likely letter! Any HYPSM or other elite private college will fully meet your need based financial aid. So, you have some great options! I like your positive spirit and advice to all! Thanks!
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    @CollegePicks
    The stipend is definitely enticing! I would be able to research whatever I want while getting paid to do it!
    Thanks for your kind words! Super fortunate to be getting into a HYP and look forward to seeing what else will happen in March!
  • sunnyschoolsunnyschool Registered User Posts: 1,212 Senior Member
    Congrats on your successes @GoBears2023 ! It is great to see someone like you - a hard worker with true intellectual curiosity - successful in this process. I think you are right on about the needed overhauls in American education. Look forward to hearing about your decision, but no rush! :)
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    @sunnyschool
    Thanks for the compliment! It's great to see that someone agrees with me about the education system. There is so much work that needs to be done in order to nurture a more intellectually curious society. Hopefully we can start making the changes necessary to do so :)
  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 Registered User Posts: 3,255 Senior Member
    USC is off-topic and a moot point since the OP didn’t apply there according to his original list.
  • GoBears2023GoBears2023 Forum Champion Summer Programs Posts: 697 Forum Champion
    edited February 10
    @ProfessorPlum168
    I did end up applying and getting the scholarship offer. My original list was created at the very early stages of the application process. Since then, many schools were added to the list as I began to research!
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