Friday, June 12, 2015

Food Friday #015 – CalSO at Berkeley

I don't know if this fully counts as a Food Friday (actually it's my blog so technically I make the call), but I'm really too tired to care. It's a post that has food in it, and today is a Friday, so I guess it is.

Anyhow, I just got back from CalSO, which is Berkeley Student Orientation (they really like their abbreviations and acronyms, like GSI, ASC, ASUC, PSC, and so many more). It was really a lot of fun, and I can honestly say that the last two days have been when I've really embraced Cal. Sure, the city is still dirty and full of sketch people and most unfortunately the stench of weed, but the school is great. It's very spirited, which is a nice contrast to Leland, and if you need help, you can find it. Sure, there still are a few people who may get on your nerves, but hey, it's college, so if you don't want to hang out with them, you never have to see them ever again. On the plus side, there were a few people that I really struck it up with, including a girl that will be in the same dorm area as me next year, so yay for making friends!

However, a quick deviation from Berkeley, a few days ago I went to Apple headquarters in Cupertino where my dad works to get some lunch after a dentist appointment. I snuck some pictures but I felt so guilty about it because I'm still using my brick of an Android and it was downright shameful. The campus is so incredible and I'd love to work there, except I'm not really interested in computer science.

The Apple Cafe, Cupertino, CA
Burger and salad from the Apple Cafe in Cupertino, CA

Anyhow, back to Berkeley. There's not much to say, except that there was so much to take in and adjust to. I had a wonderful CalSO leader who answered all my questions and helped me put together a schedule, and after that was done, I didn't feel so lost and out of place anymore. We did so many activities, attended workshops, and those 1.5 days felt like a whole week. The dorms weren't that great, but the food was decent, and there was so much free stuff. I still haven't finished processing it all, so here are some pictures I guess? This is a panorama of Memorial Glade with the Sather Tower (also known as the Campanile), and the Doe Library in the background. After that is our dinner (loved the steak and mashed potatoes; the pizza not so much), a free coconut-almond-chocolate-chip cookie from the Pacific Cookie Company (it's very blurry because eating on the go), and finally a picture of Sather Gate that I put together with Photoshop to try to remove the people. That's pretty much it for CalSO, and if you have any questions about Berkeley, feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email!

UC Berkeley Memorial Glade Panorama with Sather Tower aka Campanile and the Doe Library in the background. CalSO dinner Almond Joe from the Pacific Cookie Company Sather Gate at UC Berkeley. Go Bears!

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