Getting into UC Berkeley
August 8, 2011 9:13 PM Subscribe
Can I get into UC Berkeley graduate school after a mediocre undergraduate career by applying myself most strenuously to my teaching credential program?
posted by Peregrin5 to education (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Getting into UC Berkeley has been a dream of mine for a long time. I was a weird kid in High School that wanted to live my life as a hobo (literally), until my last semester when my parents took me to visit UC Berkeley. (They tried to take me to a lot of colleges and I would always refuse to look outside the window having made up my mind to become a hobo.)
Then all of a sudden, I decided to go to UC Berkeley. Sadly, by that point my grades weren't up to par, and had no chance of recovering even though that following semester I got a 4.0. My grades were average throughout and were pretty much the result of me not giving a shit about academics. I forgot about UCB soon after and just went to UC Davis instead.
As is always the case with me, it seems, I start out strong and then slowly degrade when my stamina runs out. I started out freshman year with a 4.0 because I was fired up and then things went downhill. I skipped more classes, I played more MMORPGs, and I just lay around all day reading comic books letting my grades suffer.
I graduated with a 3.0 (Just 3.0, not 3.something) with no distinction. Everything in life was always handed to me, and I always felt there was a way out. My parents paid for my college, I rarely had to work hard for anything, and I just felt that I was unprepared for life and that I'm a bit of a late bloomer. This past year I've had to support myself and I cut myself off from my parents. I've been barely living this past year off of minimum wage working at Safeway and living with my boyfriend. I had no car, and so I had to save up for a new one. I didn't have an apartment or food, so I had to budget for it. I got accepted into an extremely bureaucratic teaching credential program and through difficult financial aid loopholes all by my own volition.
I've been working full time, and taking 8 classes (22 units) this summer at the same time, and I've received a 4.0 and produced model exceptional work. I don't know if this is simply the start of another downhill cycle or if something truly has changed, but I want it to change.
Is it possible for me to somehow shine over my meager 3.0 from my undergraduate degree by excelling in my one year teaching credential program and become a worthy candidate for UC Berkeley Graduate School? (Of course in addition to leadership activities of some sort and a personal statement perhaps detailing my transformation.)
I know it depends greatly on the degree I choose to pursue, though I don't know yet exactly which one I want to complete. I'm also wondering what else I should do to distinguish myself. I have started the cogs on a Math and Science Service Learning Club, which I may become the founder of, should I decide to put my time into it, or I could possibly become a Campus Ambassador.
I am working for the Student Administration office at my University, and have close ties with many of the counselors and activity directors (it's a small office), and so I have an opportunity to foster some connections there. Is there any advice anyone can give on what I should do with my time in order to become a UC Berkeley Candidate?