My journey began as a young freshman in the Fall of 2010 here at UC Berkeley. The first time I ever heard about BSP was when I visited Cal my senior year of high school during bridges senior weekend. I was at an event when 2 amazing individuals asked me what I wanted to study. I didn’t have to think twice; ever since I could remember I’ve wanted to be a primary care doctor (I even have a drawing from the 3rd grade where I drew a stethoscope around my neck). They immediately told me how difficult the sciences were and the competition in all the classes but also told me about BSP. They said how amazing the community is and how supporting BSP’ers are amongst themselves. I missed the fall deadline so I didn’t apply until the Spring of 2011 and was accepted into the program. The difference between being part of BSP and not became all to real when I moved out of the SLC Chem 1A study group and into the BSP Chem 1A study group. Don’t get me wrong, the SLC is a fantastic resource for students but BSP felt a little more intimate since I was able to (and still can) connect with fellow students in the group.
I found my niche here within BSP. We’ve taken chemistry, biology, (you name it) together. It has been such a fantastic feeling walking into those large lecture halls knowing that the front of the room has two rows of my fellow BSP’ers thirsty for knowledge. Our success in these courses was due in part to the fantastic study groups BSP offers. I felt it was time I gave back so I started tutoring for Biology 1A at the end of last Spring 2013 and now also tutor MCB 102 this semester along with 2 fellow BSP’ers. I really enjoy explaining all the science found in these courses and reassuring students that they can make it happen. I remember my experience with biology in high school, I didn’t really understand everything but that was because I needed to put more effort, which I did when I made it to Cal (and it has made all the difference).
The professional staff is also one of the strongest I have ever seen from any program. They all genuinely care about us and want to see our success stories. If it weren’t for all of them this program would not be moving forward and providing the great support it does for all its members. They have always been there for me whenever I had a question or concern, no matter how small of an issue I had nobody ever made me feel as if I was bothering them.
Thanks to everyone involved in BSP. I have had the privilege to meet so many wonderful individuals that have shared their passion for success with me. It truly is a family and as I graduate this Spring of 2014 with a degree in Environmental Science I can equate my experience to a special chemistry concept: life is a state function, it doesn’t matter how you start, only how you get to the end, while NEVER forgetting how much heat you have given off from your sweat and tears.