SCHOLARSHIP

SCHOLARSHIP

My exchange to UC Berkeley really was the opportunity of a lifetime. The Alumni of America Scholarship allowed me to study at one of the world’s best universities, embrace a culture once unknown and to see things from a new perspective.
During my time at Berkeley I lived in one of the iconic student coops. This was a truly dramatic and wonderful experience for me. It put me in contact with so many people, both American and International, with the warmest hearts and most creative minds. I have fond memories of its walls covered in murals, the laughter that bounced from door to door and the fascinating conversations held into the small hours of the morning.
Over my exchange I was able to walk through Muir woods, Tilden park, Pier 39, Alcatraz, see baseball, basketball, gymnastics, bike the Golden Gate Bridge, travel to Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, Las Vegas and LA, drive through Death Valley, win my first marathon, run a 50km ultra-marathon and witness the vastness of the Grand Canyon. In giving me more financial flexibility whilst on my exchange, the Alumni of America Scholarship allowed me to immerse myself in many of the experiences I have listed above.
The incredible personal experiences I had did not come at any expense academic work, in my field of Neuroscience. Quite to the contrary. Of my four courses, I received three A+ grades and one A. For one course I was the third person in its history to get an A+.
Berkeley has been an utterly transformative experience. I am convinced I am a richer person, a more complete person, for having been there. I have no regrets and do not feel as though I left any stone unturned. I thank you deeply for what has been one of the best experiences of my life.