Abroad Series Part 5: Those “Ah-ha” Moments­

“For sunset we decided to go back to the first lookout point, and watch the sunset over the Danube. The sunset changed the colors of the river and the buildings and it was absolutely breathtaking to watch the old city and its buildings light up, one by one. Once the sun had set, we traveled…

Reflections on Study Abroad: You Will Learn

When you study abroad, you will be challenged in every way. Everything will be new to you. You won’t understand the language, or the culture, or the people at first. You will probably get lost navigating the metro or bus system… or even the supermarket. You will be challenged, thrown in head first and, by…

50 Things You Learn After Graduating from Cal

As football season begins ramping up, I’m getting more and more homesick for Cal. I still can’t believe that three months ago I graduated from the #1 public university in the world. While post-grad life is fun, nothing compares to four magical years at the best university in the world. But the learning doesn’t stop when…

5 Lessons You Learn After You Study Abroad

It has now been over year since I left Barcelona, one of the most beautiful, charming, and magical cities on the planet. In the year that I’ve been back home (and saving money furiously to return back), I’ve been able to really consolidate my personal, emotional and intellectual growth into 5 major lessons I learned…

Why Learning a New Language is the Best Investment for Yourself

After living in the beautiful bilingual city of Barcelona, I became obsessed with languages. From trying to understand Catalan in my law classes to reading Spanish texts on history, art, and literature in my philology classes, my brain exploded with new words from both the Catalan and Spanish languages. But the biggest thing that I learned…

Dear Freshmen,

This post was a letter written to high school seniors as they graduated high school and began to look forward to college. Hope you enjoy! Cue “Pomp and Circumstance” Cue families hugging and crying while hugging their new graduates Cue me living in ignorant bliss, rocking in the corner of my room, and refusing to…

On Being a Recent Graduate and Funemployed

“Go to law school!” “Travel while you can” “What do you mean you’re not working, pick up a part time job to pay off student loans!” “Move back home” “Follow your heart” “Take a risk” “Play it safe” “Volunteer for a bit” “Are you sure it’s not too late to go to grad school in…

The Good Old Days

“I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” –Andy Dwyer, The Office As my college career is wrapping up, I am finally beginning to finally realize how lucky I am to study at the University of California, Berkeley and spending some of the best four years of…

Saying Goodbye to the Good Times: Abroad Series Part 3

So as I am writing this I am sitting on my balcony for the last time and our landlady is checking our apartment for everything before we leave for the last time. It seems so strange that it’s already been a little over five months in this apartment and that we now have to leave…

Confessions from the Concussed

A few weeks ago I found myself sitting in the emergency room at 3am and hearing that I was diagnosed with a concussion. I was to be put on severe “physical and cognitive rest” for the next few weeks- which just so happened to be my last few weeks as a student at the greatest university…

Whimsical Weekends: Abroad Series Part 1

It’s incredible to believe that two years ago today I submitted my application to study abroad in Barcelona for the Spring 2014 semester. Actually, I submitted two applications- to Rome and Barcelona- and had no idea as to whether I would actually be leaving Cal for a whole six months. However, through a difficult decision making…