Welcome to the bl-AWE-ge! As you may have guessed from our punny title, the bl-AWE-ge will be a platform for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, both in AWE and the broader UC Berkeley community, to share their thoughts on a variety of topics.

Our goal for these blogs is to help foster a community and spread perspectives from a range of people. We hope that these stories can help inspire current and potential students, especially those who are female-identifying and interested in EE and/or CS, to take a leap at the next opportunity that comes by, or to pick themselves up after experiencing a setback.

Also, sometimes it is just fun to read about other people’s lives :)

Thus, we invite anyone interested in sharing their thoughts, whether through writing or any other medium, to reach out to us at aweberkeley@gmail.com with their ideas. Topics can range from the serious (such as advice on declaring CS, course staff experiences, imposter syndrome, or ethics in technology) to the light-hearted (such as your daily schedule, favorite boba shops, or a cool passion project).

In summary, the bl-AWE-ge will be a collection of stories that we hope will help out your journey at UC Berkeley, or at the very least, give you enjoyment in relating to.

-AWE

Day in the Life: Quarantine Edition (Animated)

by Emily Mistica '2023

Times are truly odd in this day and age, as COVID-19 has swept across the world and disrupted the structure and systems that have somewhat kept life in order. Schools have been greatly impacted, as students have quickly packed their bags and returned home to stay safe and indoors, or as most like to call it: quarantined.

Not many eventful things are happening anymore, but I’ve been keeping “busy” to repress my boredom. Here are some things that I’ve been doing in quarantine:

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You Need Courage (to Make Food)

by Cara Dong '2023

“What do you want to eat for dinner?” 

Fiona, my roommate for a year, asked me for the third time that evening two weeks ago. I had no clue as always, just like how I was with almost everything in my life.

“I know what you are going to say.” She put a hand up like a stop sign and spoke again before I could respond with my usual answer. “‘Anything’, right?” Then we broke into laughter simultaneously.

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A Guide to Declaring Computer Science at Berkeley

by Trevina Tan '2022

(from the experience of a CS sophomore)

Majoring in Computer Science at Berkeley is no light feat; reputed as one of the country’s top schools for Engineering, the academics and opportunities here definitely contribute to its renown.

There are two traditional paths for Computer Science at Berkeley:

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Track and Battle-Field

by Jane Zhang '2023

Shot-puts and disci are the smoke and explosive grenades of track and field: shot-puts are heavy, metallic balls that weigh up to 7.26 kilograms, while disci are lighter, metallic frisbees that weigh up to 2 kilograms. Although grenades are extremely useful in battle, improper form and technique can cause throwers to strain their back, wrist, forearm, bicep, or shoulder. Thus, only qualified people who undergo intense training and discipline can utilize these weapons; I am proud to say that I am one of these select few. Read more >>

All About Berkeley CS

by Arushi Somani '2023

Hello, Golden Bears!

Whether you are an incoming freshman struggling to make a choice between colleges or a current student thinking about how to get your approach just right, this is the one-stop-shop to figure it out. Read more >>

Adventures of Women in Computer Science: Striking a Balance

by Emily Mistica '2023

It’s no surprise that computer science at UC Berkeley garners the most hardworking and intelligent women. Nonetheless, these amazing women are challenged by the puzzles and algorithms characteristic of computer science classes, yet still allocate time for clubs, extracurriculars, and spending time with friends and family. Read more >>

Welcome to the bl-AWE-ge!

by Kaitlyn Chan '2022

Welcome to the bl-AWE-ge! As you may have guessed from our punny title, the bl-AWE-ge will be a platform for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, both in AWE and the broader UC Berkeley community, to share their thoughts on a variety of topics. Read more >>