By Monica Song
Q and A with last year’s Spartan News staff members
Macarena Blando Demarco (Occidental), Emory Chesley (Texas A and M), Yongsoo Kim (UC Berkeley), Megan Lee (UC Berkeley), Hannah Stewart (PCC), and Martin Yi (USC)
The Spartan: Hey guys. Welcome back. How’s the college experience been so far?
Yongsoo: Right now, there are all these protests at Berkeley. I almost got tear gassed once. And I couldn’t get my money because the ATM was smashed.
Megan: Crosswalks and sidewalks are just a suggestion at Berkeley.
Martin: It’s been really fun-- if you’re smart about it.
Emory: There’s no culture at all in Texas. Culture just doesn’t exist at Texas A&M. I live in a dorm with my ROTC unit.
Spartan: How is ROTC? Do you have any fun?
Emory: I have a 5:25 wake-up call and we also have whistle inspection three times each day. As far as how fun it is, I’d say it’s like an abstract sort of fun. You have to look hard into it to see the fun.
Spartan: Do you think you’ll join the service once you graduate?
Emory: Yeah. I’m majoring in construction engineering, so I can hopefully drive tanks for the Marine Corps in the future.
Spartan: And what are the rest of you majoring in?
Hannah: History and anthropology at PCC. Also, I just want to say that community college is a great option-- you live at home, you save a ton of money, you meet a lot of cool people. You have some really great teachers who teach at local colleges like UCLA and Occidental.
Macarena: I’m majoring in film at Occidental, which is great because lots of movies are filmed on campus. One time, they transformed the campus into the University of Missouri. And I when came out of my dorm, everyone was wearing Missouri sweatshirts and there was a huge sign that said “Freshman Orientation,” which was really confusing. But, Oxi has lots of different sets and you can shadow the crew if you want.
Yongsoo: Philosophy-- it’s miserable.
Spartan: What are some things that you wouldn’t think of bringing to college?
Megan: A water heater. It’s great for making cup of noodles when you don’t have time to go to the cafeteria. Also, cough medicine because they hike up the prices at all the local drug stores.
Emory: Appropriate clothing. Texas weather sucks.
Megan: Also, umbrellas-- it rains all the time at Berkeley.
Spartan: How are the colleges treating the issue of sexual abuse?
Macarena: At Oxy, it’s a pretty controversial deal with the students and faculty on one side and the administration on the other.
Martin: Everyone at SC has to take an online course in sexual and drug abuse.
Spartan: And what’s the social scene like?
Macarena: Well, my idea of a Friday night is Netflix.
Megan: My advice is to just go slow.
Hannah: Be responsible with with what you choose to do.
Martin: Yeah, be careful. And always have friends with you.
Megan: Right, don’t go alone anywhere.
Macarena: And if you’re ever without friends, most colleges have campus police that you can call to escort you to wherever you’re going.
Yongsoo: At Berkeley, it’s called BearWALK, and people call it all the time. They have golf carts, and you can use to them to get to class when it’s raining or if you don’t want to walk to class.
Emory: Yeah when you’re in college, call them whenever you want, and I actually encourage you to. For ROTC, we’re in charge of driving the carts. We work in 5-hour shifts, and it’s really not that fun if you’re not getting any calls. Also, just so everyone knows, there are wholesome ways to have fun.
Spartan: How did you decide what college was right for you?
Yongsoo: I hated USC, so I picked Berkeley.
Hannah: Remember that the purpose of college is to have an education. You don’t have to love your school. What you want and what you need are two completely different things.
Macarena: I knew I wanted a small school. The advantage with small schools are the class sizes. My largest has around 40 people.
Yongsoo: Yeah, Megan and I are the ones with the gigantic classes. The largest one, I think, has around 700 people.
Megan: But don’t be turned off by a big school. The majority of the classes you take at Berkeley won’t be nearly as big.
Martin: Also, just so you all know, do not sign up or 8 AM classes. 8 AM’s are hell.
Spartan: Any last words of advice?
Emory: Just go to class. And if you do decide to drop a class, do it in the beginning. And what surprised me was sometimes I would show up to class and the teacher wouldn’t be there, so the TA would just put on a movie.
Macarena: Oh really? My teachers would just email us beforehand. Which reminds me, make sure to check your email all the time.
Yongsoo: Sometimes it’s not just class being cancelled, but also really important things-- like financial aid and registration.
Macarena: Also, remember that where you end up doesn’t define who you are.
Megan: Yeah, you’ll love where you end up. For all you second semester seniors, the worst part is over. Now you just have to wait.
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