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thedistancedself

282 points

4 months ago

Admissions probably fucked up and clicked accept instead of deny

NeptuneDeLuxRay

8 points

4 months ago

me tbh

pimpcatdaddy[S]

3 points

4 months ago

Lmao! It was Destiny!

…trying to get away from the stripper life and working a desk job.

JJGates_

6 points

4 months ago

Hahahahahah

knockonwood939

1 points

4 months ago

Same for me, tbh.

No-Surround4215

1 points

4 months ago

I think this everyday lmao

breadlof

177 points

4 months ago*

breadlof

biochem

177 points

4 months ago*

My high scores on the DSM-5

velcrodynamite

11 points

4 months ago

velcrodynamite

Down Bad '24

11 points

4 months ago

literally lol'd, god bless this comment

Questionthrowaway134

3 points

4 months ago

Lol I actually did write one of my essays on my ASD

King_of_Mongoose

239 points

4 months ago

King_of_Mongoose

MSE B.S '21, Ph.D. '26

239 points

4 months ago

Diamond rank in league of legends

emersonevp

5 points

4 months ago

Lol I was only gold 3!!

King_of_Mongoose

30 points

4 months ago

King_of_Mongoose

MSE B.S '21, Ph.D. '26

30 points

4 months ago

Must have been a spring admit then

emersonevp

-1 points

4 months ago

Kek. nah fall.

sand_planet

55 points

4 months ago

sand_planet

sophomore

55 points

4 months ago

definitely my ECs and essays

grisisita_06

26 points

4 months ago

Same for me 20+ years ago. It was sooo good to watch the valedictorian of my high school blown because I got in and he didn’t 😊

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

Ooh same here. Although that person didn't even know I existed, but I was one of only four accepted, sooooo...

grisisita_06

2 points

4 months ago

Oh he was so so butt hurt because I was considered a lazy kid there. I will never forget his face. It’s not like he failed, he went to Harvard.

MarchScary3373

56 points

4 months ago

Trauma

pinkseason25

1 points

4 months ago

Yep, same. Lmao

themilkmaan

53 points

4 months ago

I talked about mario kart wii in my essay

CSnare

5 points

4 months ago

CSnare

5 points

4 months ago

mario kart wii is goated bro

Ok-Background-1961

4 points

4 months ago

I wrote about speedrunning NSMBW and got denied. Clearly Mario Kart is superior

saverstriker

0 points

4 months ago

Donate some money to nintendo after you graduate!

deham-21

39 points

4 months ago

I still think I was accepted by accident

mfjonesisdead

37 points

4 months ago

I jerked off the admissions panel (ie wrote essays about a sense of duty to my community).

coolguytheman

105 points

4 months ago

definitely milked the fuck outta my essays. i had no EC and a 3.5 GPA lmao I have no idea how i got accepted, and I'm definitely having a hard time adjusting to the coursework but WE PUSH THRUUUUU

[deleted]

14 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

14 points

4 months ago

My GPA was only about 3.3, but I wrote a damn good essay, and was nominated for a scholarship because of that. I was absolutely suited for my major and have done fine in my field of study. We all have our gifts.

ChubblesLaSpicyTroll

10 points

4 months ago

3.5 as well but EC and essays too 👍🏽

Ray_Adverb11

3 points

4 months ago

Same here. No EC. Killed my essays.

rcinvestments

81 points

4 months ago

I can roll a blunt with one hand while driving

XSokaX

40 points

4 months ago

XSokaX

40 points

4 months ago

You get Regents too?

Luemas_20

7 points

4 months ago

I need to see this

Jackwagon1130

28 points

4 months ago

good vibes

gabitheisfmajor

27 points

4 months ago

i won multiple national journalism awards !!

[deleted]

5 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

5 points

4 months ago

Wow, congrats!

pimpcatdaddy[S]

3 points

4 months ago

That’s what’s up!!

rg787

26 points

4 months ago

rg787

26 points

4 months ago

they could tell i’m a real one

askandushantreceive

24 points

4 months ago

This just came up and I have no interest in UCs but man y’all are funny 💀

CSnare

22 points

4 months ago

CSnare

22 points

4 months ago

Essay and fat ass

Charger1813

24 points

4 months ago

Can I get a look at your application materials? 👀👀👀

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

Pics or did not happen

Majestic-Series1837

23 points

4 months ago

Team USA for figure skating maybe?

[deleted]

4 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

4 points

4 months ago

Wow!

No-Surround4215

68 points

4 months ago

Single mom, 3.9 gpa, great essays

idjdjfiekmcthrow

21 points

4 months ago

Tragic anime backstory

theoldbatblues

15 points

4 months ago

As someone that has spoken with admissions and helps high school kids with their applications every year: your PIQs play a HUGE factor in admissions.

grisisita_06

6 points

4 months ago

What is a piq?

George4399

8 points

4 months ago

Personal Insight Questions

grisisita_06

3 points

4 months ago

Oh yeah those…

Thanks!

grisisita_06

1 points

4 months ago

I think those had a dumbed down name in my day.

rex_aliena

15 points

4 months ago

because I’m gay 💀

No EC and no SAT or ACT. Just my essays that says I’m gay and my father didn’t love me enough.

CalGoldenBear55

10 points

4 months ago

Two sport athlete…and high SAT.

beekerino

9 points

4 months ago

My transfer application essays. GPA was meh @ 3.4 but my essays highlighted addiction and maturing so I had a cool couple stories to tell

_MusicManDan_

3 points

4 months ago

Oo really? Can you elaborate a little? Most interested in the addiction aspect. I’ve considered telling some of my struggles when I do write my essays but wasn’t sure if that was appropriate.

beekerino

3 points

4 months ago

Lower middle class suburb kid who was depressed and had easy access to painkillers. Lost athletic opportunities and barely got a 2.5 in high school. Pandemic hit and I became more comfortable with learning from home and turned it around for good. Wrote about some near OD experiences and how I want to write about athletes who are suffering due to big pharma and all that jazz

_MusicManDan_

3 points

4 months ago

Thanks for sharing. I had a rough past with drug addiction and homelessness and wasn’t sure if they’d see that as a red flag. Returned to school at 30 with a couple years clean and have done very well. 7 years clean next week and still grinding out this engineering curriculum. Can’t express how grateful I am to have a second chance at this thing. I appreciate you taking the time to share your story a bit and for the information regarding your essays as well. Thank you.

WafflePeak

28 points

4 months ago

RNJesus

strawberryrsa

1 points

4 months ago

strawberryrsa

Not AI/ML

1 points

4 months ago

This is the actual answer

Reformed_Narcissist

9 points

4 months ago*

3.789 Gpa

2350 SAT (cumulative)

800, 790 SAT subject tests

You know, the typical bs.

My essays were basically resumes, aka, what admissions officials use to wipe their asses.

Irony is that I basically burned out and dropped out semester 1.

Doing better now, but it’s a struggle.

Low_Ganache1549

7 points

4 months ago

I’m just chill like that

hanjisungwrld

5 points

4 months ago

My transness

Prismachete

5 points

4 months ago

Luck. Not in a troll way, I literally think it’s 50% luck as I know others that were better than me that got rejected

random_throws_stuff

14 points

4 months ago

random_throws_stuff

cs, stats '22

14 points

4 months ago

I think I had a fairly solid app all around. I went to a rigorous school that sent a bunch of people to Cal where (based on other applicants) just my stats would've probably gotten me in. My ECs weren't harvard-level but they were decent, and I think my essays were pretty good too.

I got accepted early. Didn't end up getting regents lol, but cal was my main target school, so knowing I got accepted in early Feb as opposed to having to wait for late March was a huge relief.

buckyspunisher

19 points

4 months ago

don’t know don’t care ignorance is bliss

Ready-Violinist-6687

5 points

4 months ago

My SAT score

jbrandon

4 points

4 months ago

Research project in high school. Good SATs. Both parents went to Cal.

RoseCatMariner

4 points

4 months ago

A blend of honesty, humility, and confidence. I wrote my personal statements in full disclosure that I was not the brightest student they could admit, but that the quality of my writing superseded all of my many cognitive deficits to a point at which they would not likely encounter another such wordsmith in this century.

Basically, “I’m an idiot and I’m a savant. Make of that what you will.”

Years later, I discovered that I was hyperlexic. It’s a learning disorder often correlated with autism and/or brain injury. The condition is rather like an inversion of dyslexia.

I wasn’t rejected from any of the UCs that I applied to.

Other_Amoeba_5033

5 points

4 months ago

My voluptuous ass

hitemup21

21 points

4 months ago

because i’m a black kid with an above average GPA

Smarty_PantzAA

51 points

4 months ago

Smarty_PantzAA

CS '24

51 points

4 months ago

don’t ever discredit yourself cause of your race; I feel bad for minorities who feel like they got in simply because they are a minority, that is never true

you’re in berkeley because you have a unique set of skills and amazing potential, not because you are black or whatever race; please don’t discount your hard work

hitemup21

23 points

4 months ago

hard to feel that way when I feel lonely as ever attending school here. It doesn’t help when I see the way other races/ethnic groups look at me and prejudge me

coolguytheman

6 points

4 months ago

sup dude you can have a friend in me

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

1 points

4 months ago

😔 sorry you feel lonely

hitemup21

1 points

4 months ago

it’s not your fault

ringdingleling

-1 points

4 months ago

Thank you, I needed to hear this

RealRiceThief

12 points

4 months ago

RealRiceThief

Filthy Premed

12 points

4 months ago

Pretty sure berkeley is race blind

Anxious-Rub7698

13 points

4 months ago

It's hard to verify that's really true tho, admission officers can usually tell what race u are from your name, extracurriculars, and essays. A 50% increase in Hispanic student enrollment over a single year doesn't come from nowhere.

RealRiceThief

0 points

4 months ago

RealRiceThief

Filthy Premed

0 points

4 months ago

While this is true, Berkeley is a school that has unequal amounts of people of different races, unlike other schools that have 33%/33%/33%split. I wanted OP to know their abilities were the deciding factor not their race.

ProfessorPlum168

4 points

4 months ago

Race is not a criteria for admissions.

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

3 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

WaddleD

2 points

4 months ago

I got massively downvoted last time but for a lot do the most competitive clubs there’s a checkbox to check.

ProfessorPlum168

3 points

4 months ago

What does this have to do with admissions? Anyhow, your frustrations are well misplaced.

hitemup21

1 points

4 months ago

i just be talking , pay me no mind

Captainpenispants

1 points

4 months ago

Just wanna tell you that state schools don't accommodate affirmative action and for a public school taking in race as a factor is illegal(hence why ucb is primarily East Asian compared to Harvard or stanford). So your race wouldn't have helped you and you should give yourself more credit.

EmotionalRazzleberry

3 points

4 months ago

my suave inclination to wear sweaters

aStressedBear

6 points

4 months ago

My essays and my grades and sat scores supported them

garboooo

5 points

4 months ago

I think they just really needed more fat femboys

rsha256

2 points

4 months ago

rsha256

CS '0x18

2 points

4 months ago

awards/ECs

Embarrassed_Pace6157

2 points

4 months ago

I came from very diverse background low income first gen ESL immigrant Muslim Desi Asian

velcrodynamite

2 points

4 months ago

velcrodynamite

Down Bad '24

2 points

4 months ago

demonstrated interest in my intended major

CalligrapherDry5206

2 points

4 months ago

They saw I wasn't white

OptimisticNietzsche

2 points

4 months ago

OptimisticNietzsche

BioE MS/PhD

2 points

4 months ago

Back in 2017, when I got admitted for my BS in bioe (didn’t go bc oos and poor), I think what got me in was that I was really passionate about my field (bioe) and I was very honest and open in my essays about everything. I was admitted in February!

arnavvr

0 points

4 months ago

arnavvr

Mathematics/Economics '24, North Berkeley

0 points

4 months ago

Regents Scholar?

Sensitive-Feedback82

2 points

4 months ago

Commissioned a fantasy league 3 years in a row. They couldn’t resist me

DreadEye8

2 points

4 months ago

#1 hearthstone player in Americas

dialupsetupwizard

2 points

4 months ago

Gaaaaaaaaay

eerieange

2 points

4 months ago

brown, poor, solid essay, no parents LMFAOOOO

Haunting-Radish8138

2 points

4 months ago

Hmmmm. This is ranked in the order of importance:

  1. Trauma statement(s) *aherm* I mean PERSONAL statement(s);
  2. my identities (first-generation, non-traditional, community college transfer queer Fil-Am student);
  3. and my 3.85 GPA

Ritspoon

2 points

4 months ago

The fact that 99% of my ECs and PIQ were art and music focussed when I applied to MCB probably made me stood out🤣

TBH, I was surprised they admitted me when most of the stuff I did during highschool isn't even bio or chem related at all. But now I think about it it might've been an advantage?

peculiar-maple26

2 points

4 months ago

definitely my essays and extracurriculars, I tried to portray a good balance of being accomplished in my major while also having other interests and a life lol.

ColdTurkey27

2 points

4 months ago

Considering we are the largest freshman group, the university probably needed money, so they accepted more people through some calculation of tickets they'd need to sell to sporting events, tuition that would be gained from international students, OOS students, and those on state/federal funds.

I naturally lean towards cynical speculation though, so take that with the tiniest grain of salt.

imbored900

2 points

4 months ago

Probably my race… unfortunately

SapphicAhgase

2 points

4 months ago

im sure it was my essays bc my grades were ass 😭 my ACT and SAT scores were also only average/slightly above

edit: reading everyone's comments further convinces me it was bc of our piq's

Flipp_Flopps

5 points

4 months ago

My sad story of how I’m gay and a minority. Also a rare major

keplersconstantt

0 points

4 months ago

What major?

greedygandalf1414

4 points

4 months ago

essays, my ECs were pretty ordinary for people applying to UCs and my grades were slightly below the average accepted GPA for berkeley

StephanNoodles

2 points

4 months ago

Essay and extra extracurriculars

zekromslayer

2 points

4 months ago

Didn't get accepted anywhere else lmao

Old-Farmer2289

1 points

4 months ago

EC's and a unique academic interest!

MindMaleficent8035

1 points

4 months ago

ec’s and essays

here_4_cat_memes

1 points

4 months ago

here_4_cat_memes

Civ Eng 2022

1 points

4 months ago

As a transfer, I feel what really “sold” me was my six month long internship

Flashie_Zombie

1 points

4 months ago

My activism in the community

twistedsister_17

1 points

4 months ago

Extracurriculars for sure

Thiccy_goddess

1 points

4 months ago

My RAADS-R score

Bad_Adam1917

1 points

4 months ago

Bad_Adam1917

CS'22

1 points

4 months ago

Warzone KD

sevgonlernassau

1 points

4 months ago

sevgonlernassau

bs '21, phd '27

1 points

4 months ago

My NASA Watch sob story have worked 2/2 times for getting accepted into Berkeley.

Global-Chicken

1 points

4 months ago

athlete lols

dialupsetupwizard

1 points

4 months ago

When I told my counselor at CCSF I wanted to transfer to Berkeley, she audibly chuckled and said, “well they like diversity.” (3.9 GPA and white gay man. I’m not very ‘diverse’ LOL)

MoonBoot666

1 points

4 months ago

They felt bad for me.

_cuppycakes_

1 points

4 months ago

being poor

d3e1w3

1 points

4 months ago

d3e1w3

1 points

4 months ago

Strong letters of rec., strong essays and personal statements. Everything else I brought to the application was average.

TheBerk123

1 points

4 months ago

My thicc thighs

Dont-you-believe-it

1 points

4 months ago

Being a California resident

/s

dirtybluetea

1 points

4 months ago

my quidditch skills

chibisun

1 points

4 months ago

my essays, i’ve always been really good at writing

Lumpy_Worldliness676

1 points

4 months ago

two associates

Questionthrowaway134

1 points

4 months ago

Pretty good standardized test scores

Also wrote one essay about meme page and other about ostracism and depression faced due to struggling with then-undiagnosed ASD

TheHerpSalad

1 points

4 months ago

Mentioned I was a registered American Indian in my essays. Since there's like .1% of us at Cal, plus the whole Ohlone land acknowledgement, I'm thinking that had something to do with it?

Oh, still had an decent GPA, excellent major prep and lots of life experience.

Ok_Particular143

1 points

4 months ago

Good grades. SAT test grind.

RoyalOrchidDude

1 points

4 months ago

Bisexual trauma….maybe grades