Berkeley, tucked in the San Francisco bay area, has one of the most spectacular weather and natural environments in the US. The weather is most of the times sunny and cool, and the view of the San Francisco and the Golden Gate that can be seen from the Campanile tower, one amazing icon UC Berkeley, is an unforgetable scene that is embedded in my memories eternal.
Yes, the school life is tough, you will have to hole yourself most of the times at libraries and homes and cafes and anywhere you can find a peace of mind to complete your assignments, projects and what-have-you. I cursed the school when I attended for being so indifferent(seemingly) to its undergrads: however, upon graduation and moving abroad, I miss all of that.
That is the sign that this is one exceptional institution, and in terms of value, I believe it gives its rival Stanford a run for its money.
In any case, I can recommend that school to you in a heartbeat, as my heart always will wonder those engineering halls(was an engineering major), look back on those ego-killing tests and sigh, it really was the good old days.
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