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Susan asks…

Which UC would be the better option for me?

I got accepted into UCLA College of Letters and Science with Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology my academic major. UCLA had more applicants than Berkeley this year which made it far more competitive.
I got accepted into the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Science but no major was specified. The problem is that I didn’t get accepted into Berkeley fall, but i got accepted into Berkeley spring 2012.

I don’t know where I want to go and whether it would be worth it to go to UC berkeley even as a spring admit knowing I got admitted into UC LA

UCLA pros: It is farther away from home. It’s research facilities are phenomenal and has practically all the classes I would ever want to take. In addition to that the campus is beautiful. It is definitely something new and exciting. I live in northern california, and even though UCLA is still in california, it would take me out of my safe niche. SoCal is so different, I feel like I am ready to experience a new atmosphere with different cultures.

UCLA cons: I can’t see myself fitting in. Despite the great classes, i am probably not a SoCAL kind of a girl. I am afraid that I will not fit in. The campus seems to have a more moderate group of students, not the liberal and hippie group Berkeley has. Not that it is a bad thing, but I think I would enjoy the atmosphere in Berkeley more. The Smog and traffic in LA is just not the best thing. I feel like a car would be necessary and public transportation will be less accessible than in Berkeley.

UC Berkeley Pros: Well it is Berkeley. This is an amazing school. I have wanted to go to Berkeley for the longest time and It has always been one of my top choices. Again, the classes are world class and just having the opportunity to attend this school is great. I love the atmosphere in berkeley. I can see myself fitting in. I love the culture, the art and the fact that San Francisco is right there. i think I love the weather in Berkeley far more than the weather in LA. The campus is pretty, but in a different way. LA campus is gorgeous but Berkeley’s is also good but in a different way.

UC Berkeley Cons: Well, I am a spring admit. I am not going to take a semester off. I have sent a mail to reserve my spot in the Fall Program for Freshmen but it takes some while to process. If I didn’t get in then the choice would be extremely easy, but assuming I did get in, just the idea of being in a different program than everyone else is just strange. I know i shouldn’t be offended because they did accept me in the first place, but I can’t help but be insulted that i only got in spring 2012. LA had a larger pool of applicants and still accepted me. So i guess I am slightly bitter about that. But besides my unreasonable cons, I am not guaranteed housing in the Fall Program for Freshmen. Residence halls are where people make friends and I don’t want to regret starting school the wrong way and end up being lonely because I will always remember that I have another option – a school that actually wants me in the Fall with my specified major. I am also afraid that the Fall Program for Freshmen is going to be too far away from campus and I won’t necessarily feel in the loop. I understand that it is simply one semester, but still, I can’t help feeling this way. I am just afraid that accepting being a spring admit will be the wrong choice.

Sorry about my long message, but I just need some good input from people who have been to either colleges under my situation.
I got around 8000 in grants from UCLA and 8600 from Berkeley

New Niche Finder answers:

We all should have this sort of problem.

About UCLA, if you live on campus or in an apartment in Westwood you can manage without a car.

As for the smog, I lived in LA for 10 years up to last summer and the smog is not even 1/10th what it was in the 1970s. In my 10 years there we never had a single stage one alert as compared to the 6 to 10 a year they had in the 70s. All the pollution control laws have really made a huge difference.

I would not hesitate to live there.

But there is more to it than that. Berkeley is also excellent. My daughter was looking at Cal for her PhD in engineering but ultimately declined them.

Regardless of your choice, you are going to do really well.

Donna asks…

I would like to join soccer but am i too late?

now i have been playing basketball and track and wrestling football and swimming plus baseball i want to make sure i try everything i want to find my “niche” as my coaches say i eliminated the sports i dont like basketball and track are the only ones left but i want to do something new and thats play soccer im from mexico and automatically people say to me this isnt soccer in every sport even the coaches i never played soccer in a league but i have in the street and in PE at school and most kids say im a pretty good midfielder im 14 years old and i wasnt sure if i should stick to playing football or not but i did then i quit becuase i realized it wasnt my place it was for those die hard football players so im usually busy in the fall and i got bored going home early butthen i started thinking what about soccer i know how to play i know the formations the positions and their jobs i mean its not like its new to me my family loves soccer i watch FIFA and MLS and the mexican leagues with my dad I know some stats so why not i obviously missed tryouts because of football but what about next year is it a good idea to start this late sorry about huge long story and please add any beginner drills or advice tips if you say that i should join soccer
and yes i am in good shape i weightlifted my whole summer and i try to stay active at least 4 days a week i am in shape

New Niche Finder answers:

If you already know the positions and what they do I would say its definetly not to late. If you do join I would do a lot of practice in your spare time to catch up. But as long as you know the positions you can only go up from there.

Ken asks…

i would like to join soccer but am i too late?

now i have been playing basketball and track and wrestling football and swimming plus baseball i want to make sure i try everything i want to find my “niche” as my coaches say i eliminated the sports i dont like basketball and track are the only ones left but i want to do something new and thats play soccer im from mexico and automatically people say to me this isnt soccer in every sport even the coaches i never played soccer in a league but i have in the street and in PE at school and most kids say im a pretty good midfielder im 14 years old and i wasnt sure if i should stick to playing football or not but i did then i quit becuase i realized it wasnt my place it was for those die hard football players so im usually busy in the fall and i got bored going home early butthen i started thinking what about soccer i know how to play i know the formations the positions and their jobs i mean its not like its new to me my family loves soccer i watch FIFA and MLS and the mexican leagues with my dad I know some stats so why not i obviously missed tryouts because of football but what about next year is it a good idea to start this late sorry about huge long story and please add any beginner drills or advice tips if you say that i should join soccer
and yes i am in good shape i weightlifted my whole summer and i try to stay active at least 4 days a week i am in shape

New Niche Finder answers:

Quit football. Soccer is waaaayyyy better. You are more active in soccer anyway. They couldn’t even give football a good name. You only use your foot for field goal kicks and punts. Soccer involves accuracy, precision and speed. In football, you just stand there and block or knock another guy to the ground. Out of all the sports in the world, I would say soccer is the best.

George asks…

How do you get over thinking ‘what if’?

Last year, my family thought I should switch schools, because I wasn’t completely happy (although now I realize it was just being a stupid middle school girl). But I applied to other schools and eventually did switch, partly because I though they knew what was best for me and partly because I had an unrealistic idea of what it would be like. Towards the end of the year, though, I found a niche/friends that I really liked and began having doubts. As it turns out, the doubts were right- this year has pretty much sucked. I hate my (new) friends and really really miss everything/one I left behind at my old school, and I keep on thinking what my life would have been like if I’d stayed. I know that for me to be happy I need to get over thinking what might have been, but I can’t (and the feeling hasn’t gone away over the months). Any advice? Thanks

New Niche Finder answers:

Maybe you began feeling this way before you fell out with your friends; maybe they picked up that they were your ‘second choice’ friends and that’s when they closed the circle (and closed you out). Is that possible? Otherwise, middle & high school are kind of a volatile time, especially if you are a girl. Your BFF today is your most hated enemy next week… And that’s at any school. Everyone thinks about ‘what might’ve been’ (there was even a song about it back in the 90’s – mushy song, but the lyrics are pretty dead on). Happiness, love, friendship – they’re not viruses that you catch; they are decisions that you make. My daddy always told me that if I decided I was (whatever- happy, beautiful, smart, funny, cool, etc.), and I believed it wholly, then everyone around me would believe it, too. I thought the man was off his rocker – but he was right. Bottom line, I guess, is you don’t need THAT group of friends to be happy. Do what makes you happy, and when you are happy, people will gravitate towards you… No matter what school you go to.

Sharon asks…

How do you get over thinking ‘what if’?

Last year, my family thought I should switch schools, because I wasn’t completely happy (although now I realize it was just being a stupid middle school girl). But I applied to other schools and eventually did switch, partly because I though they knew what was best for me and partly because I had an unrealistic idea of what it would be like. Towards the end of the year, though, I found a niche/friends that I really liked and began having doubts. As it turns out, the doubts were right- this year has pretty much sucked. I hate my (new) friends and really really miss everything/one I left behind at my old school, and I keep on thinking what my life would have been like if I’d stayed. I know that for me to be happy I need to get over thinking what might have been, but I can’t (and the feeling hasn’t gone away over the months). Any advice? Thanks :o)
sunshine- there is a way of getting ahold of them, and I kept in touch with a couple of them, but they’ve all moved on and are having fun without me (which makes it even harder for me, in a way). thank you though

New Niche Finder answers:

Switch back if u r that upset. But, I think u should give the new school a little more time.

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