College is a time for change, growth, and new experiences. However, life at UC Berkeley is an experience unlike any other. Keep reading to learn 10 things that will 100% happen to you at UC Berkeley!
1. You will buy a pair of Birkenstocks.
Ahh, the staple clothing item of every Berkeley student: Birkenstocks. These German cork sandals have made their name at UC Berkeley. The most basic style, the classic “Arizonas,” are a perfect combo of comfort and trendiness. If you don’t have Birkenstocks, do you even go to UC Berkeley?!
2. There will always be an excuse to go on a CREAM run.
CREAM, to some, stands for “Cookies Rule Everything Around Me.” To me, this stands for “Cream Rules Everything Around Me.” The moment I sunk my teeth into the warm, gooey cookie followed by soft ice cream, this dessert hot spot became my life. With tons of ice cream to choose from, as well as crazy baked goods to experiment with (vegan cookies and do’sants for the hipsters out there), you will always find an excuse to go get CREAM.
3. Coffee will, without a doubt, become an addiction.
Whether it’s a vanilla latte or a black Americano, some form of coffee will become a necessity as a student at such a demanding school. Coffee will work wonders for those 1 a.m. cram sessions and 8 a.m. lectures!
4. You will crave Artichokes every moment of the day.
Artichoke Basille’s Pizza will be the largest slice of cheesy goodness you will ever eat. Taking up the length of two paper plates, this slice of pizza can cure even the hangriest of people.
5. You will hear a protest on campus.
UC Berkeley is known for its protests, beginning with the Free Speech Movement in 1964. Whether there are people in cages highlighting animal cruelty or civilians chanting for the resignation of President Trump, every UC Berkeley student will see at least one protest during their time here.
6. You will cringe at the word “Stanford”
The color red is practically banned on the UC Berkeley campus. Mention Stanford to any UC Berkeley student, professor, GSI, or alumni, and you will receive a violent hissing noise in return.