Quotes from students in fall 2021 seminar:
"This seminar will assist you in acclimating to UC Berkeley, but also begin to network and explore a world that is bigger than your hometown."
"The single most important thing I learned in this course was about the globalization of higher education. Learning and grasping this concept has allowed me to recognize how much this stretches into my day-to-day life, yet also see how significant of a subject it is within education research."
Quotes from Fall 2019 seminar:
"By the end of the class, I got much more information than I expected and got exposure to so many interesting topics (free speech, education policy and econ, standardized testing, and how the school's financing programs works)."
"This Freshman Seminar allowed me to express my own opinions without them being invalidated."
Quotes from students in Fall 2018 seminar:
"Our final project really made me dig deep into the resources our campus had (that I never even tried to take advantage of) and each class encouraged me to ask questions and to listen to other people's ideas."
"This course will make UC Berkeley feel not as big. You will have a deeper appreciation for the administration, professors, and students as they are faced with difficult decisions each day. This course also helps to improve your writing and speaking skills, so highly consider taking this course."
"This was a great way to start my college journey, as the small class size allowed me to really get to know both the professor and the other students. It was always intellectually stimulating, and I found the topics to be excellent."
Quotes from students in Fall 2017 seminar:
"The discussion with the international exchange students was extremely interesting to me. Throughout this seminar, I've learned time and time again the value of discussion and exchanging ideas."
"I wanted to learn more about the hot topics of education, and I would say I have a better understanding of many educators' perspectives on these issues."
Quotes from Fall 2016 seminar:
I would definitely recommend this class even if you don’t believe you are interested in higher education. It is enlightening and useful to know about the basics of the higher education system.
I learned that college is an umbrella of opportunities, and to make it a worthwhile experience you have to go out and try.
I learned how to write sophisticated opinion pieces on a weekly basis. It helped me with my anxieties around college writing.
Quotes from students in Fall 2015 seminar:
"It provided a plethora of information about things that are important to learn about to be successful at UC Berkeley."
"The most important thing that I learned in this course was the ability to articulate and express a belief in a clear and concise way."
"It was an amazing experience to meet administrators and hear from them on various topics in higher education."
"This seminar will totally help you learn more about the campus. It will also give you multiple tips on education." - student in Fall 2006 seminar
"Ellen's great." - student in Fall 2006 seminar