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 through this form 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).

If you'd like to help write or contribute content but don't know what to write about, we'd still love your help! We have a list of topics in mind, so let us know your preference here.

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

Noodles with Chicken Shreds

by Cara Dong '2023

#bon-awe-petit

Join our #bon-awe-petit channel to check out all the food our AWE members have been whipping up during quarantine! Hop in to share some of your favorite creations and learn new recipes from the talented chefs in our club!

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Letter from Our PresAWEdent

by Cara Wolfe '2021

Dear AWE Community,

At the start of the semester in August, I wrote in our newsletter how grateful I was that AWE had been the one unchanged thing I could depend on throughout many months of shelter-in-place. 13 weeks later, I am proud to say that AWE has not only continued all of our events and programs remotely, but we have expanded and delivered countless new events and initiatives. 

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CS Disciplines and How to Explore Them at Cal

by Jackie Roche '2024

Within computer science, there are so many different disciplines to discover. After taking introductory CS classes, you still may not know which discipline to pursue, or maybe you don’t know how to explore them at Berkeley. But fear not! This guide will give an overview of the different disciplines as well as the related clubs, classes, and research opportunities at Berkeley.

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Job Hunting 101: A step-by-step guide to thrive during recruitment

by Sonali Loomba '2022

It’s recruiting season! Whether you are looking for an internship, a research position, or a full time role, recruiting can be a stressful and intimidating process. It is totally okay to feel overwhelmed and I hope the resources in this post help you refine your approach to recruitment! Key takeaways are to get started as soon as you can, stay organized, be efficient, and don’t be discouraged by failure.

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AWE Summer Spotlight

by AWE Administrator '2021

Enya Xing & Grace Lin

This summer is truly like no other. We throw around phrases like “unprecedented times”, commiserate about how “crazy” life is, but what has that really meant for AWE members? We sent out a form and got back twenty-two responses, detailing how each person has reacted to their unique situations and how they view the future.

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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 >>