College Advice from Harvard & UC Berkeley Grads! 🎓

College Advice from Harvard & UC Berkeley Grads! 🎓

Question & Answer Yay! I’m sorry. (speaking Korean) Hey, don’t cry. No, I’m always…
I’m crying internally, always. – Okay.
– (Korean) Okay. Hi, everyone!
Welcome back to my channel. Today, I have a special guest.
Claudine. This is your first time
on my main channel. – Yeah.
– But she’s been… in “Joanday” so many times. And in Joan life. I’m sorry. All right. So, we’re gonna do
the frequently asked Q and A for college, and I wanted to have Claudine
on my channel for this because she went to Harvard
and I feel like there’s… This is my first time – saying it on camera
– I know. It’s weird. So, it’s really weird.
All right. “Where did you go to college
and what did you major in?” I just revealed
that she went to Harvard and I went to UC Berkeley. So, what did you major in? I majored in Sociology and I did a minor in
Ethnicity Migration and Rights. So, at our school,
we don’t apply based on major, you have to… you get in, and then, for a year, you take whatever classes
you wanna take. And then, beginning
of your sophomore year, you declare
what we call “concentration.” Sorry, the lighting just went
boom! I know. I felt the… – I felt the light.
– Yeah. – It’s the sun.
– It’s enlightenment. Okay. I majored in Film
and Media Studies, and I had two minors
in Education Studies – and Korean Studies.
– Nice. It kinda like you,
I went undecided. But I think you can… you declare your major once you have
all the prerequisites down. – Oh, wow.
– And I… did that, like,
in my sophomore year. So, that was fun. I really loved
what I majored in. How did you decide that
that was going to be your major? Yeah. So, this is a question
that we got asked a lot of. And for me, I went into college knowing that I wanted to do something
in broadcasting, but I was always interested
in, like, Korea, – Yeah.
– ’cause I’m Korean-American. And also, education. How about you?
Why’d you choose those? I chose Sociology because I took a class on the dilemma and inequality
in K-12 education. And I remember sitting in class and it was the first thing
that, like, really broke my heart. And now, I’m really,
it just… I was learning about the education system in America,
and I felt like, I actually felt like my heart
was breaking, and I wanted to learn more
about this. Because I had never had
an emotional response in my classes
up until that point. And, so then, I asked, you know,
“Where can I study this one?” they directed me to Sociology. And then, my minor,
Ethnicity, Migration and Rights. I just took all these
elective classes that happened to fall
under this category, (Korean) I was like, “I wanna take
Asian American studies, and Latin American Studies” and I wanna take a little bit
about, like, Ethnography. And it just happened to fall
under one category, and I was like, “Oh, maybe
I make sense after all.” – Yeah.
– ‘Cause for me, it was just… I was feeling burned out and I wanted to take classes
that were interesting. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Did you change, like, majors,
while you were in college? I actually did. I… Well, I first thought
I was gonna do film. And then, I took a few
film seminars and it was not what I expected. Yeah. And I realized that I wasn’t actually
interested in film. I just thought the idea of it
was so sexy. And I was like, “Yeah,” like,
“Let’s do film, I wanna be a film producer.” And I was…
never held a camera. I don’t really watch
that much movies. It’s just,
I like the sound of it. – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– And then, once I put myself in it,
I was like… “Yeah. This was all an idea.” Everyone thinks that,
when I tell them that, “Oh, I majored in Film….” They automatically think that, “Oh, it’s hands-on,
she creates.” No. At Cal, it’s all theory. You start from the beginning
of film. And you take courses where you have to watch three-hour black and white films
in silent. I’m sorry if anyone likes it, – but they’re really brutal.
– No, no. no. But I learned
to appreciate them and… The funny thing is, people are
like, “Oh, it’s an easy major. – You just watch movies.”
– No. And I was like,
being a Film major, you are basically
an English major, and you have to watch films. Yeah, so… I do wanna
put that out there because some people are like,
“Oh, my gosh. How could you call
yourself a Film major when you make all these…”
Like, like… I don’t know, like, my editing isn’t,
like, special. But they, like… That has nothing
to do with my Film degree. – I think you’re special. Fuck.
– Thanks. “Did you have a part-time job
when you were in college?” “How did you manage your time
and money wisely?” – Okay, you wanna go first?
– Yeah, I think. In college, I took just small
part-time tutoring jobs. Just… I mean, like, summer
jobs, etcetera. But, I mean… Honestly, on money managing, all of our food came
from the dining hall. So, you only ate out if you
really wanted to or had to, but all of that
was part of our… Must be nice. Yeah, admission packages,
you get… Its dining hall is tied in
with your housing. And about 98 percent of people
live in our housing system. So, you live with the roommates, – like, random roommates.
– Right. (speaking Korean) I’m trying to see how I…
I don’t… Honestly, I still think
I’m learning money management. I did have a part-time job. I actually at one… One of the
years, I had two part-time jobs. I’m very independent,
I don’t really show this. But the moment I had…
I got a job in college, that’s when I just, like, didn’t accept any money
from my parents. So, it was really
tough because… So, my classes were like this. All the education courses
were in the morning, and then, like,
my Korean study courses were always at two or three. And then, my Film courses
were always at night because screening. – So, I have, like,
– Yeah. all these random classes. So, I make sure I had, like,
part-times to fill in my time. I really tried my best
and I did get financial aid and scholarships. And yeah,
I did pull out loans mainly for… Not for school
because I was all, like, funded, but for, like, living-wise, I did pull out some
loans here and there. But I just did whatever I had
to do in the moment, and I did whatever – I thought was right
– Yeah. in the moment, yeah. But yeah, that was
the hardest thing for me. Like, trying to make money – and study at the same time.
– Yeah. But it all worked out.
I think it was great that, like, all my morning classes
were all education. And also, I’m a morning person, so it wasn’t… It wasn’t
hard for me to wake up at, like, – seven o’clock in the morning
– Yeah. Yeah. I mean, you really
have to, like, learn what you wanna balance your time – Of course.
– and what is necessary – from prior tradition.
– Right. (speaking Korean) And like, the on-campus jobs,
they pay quite well. So, I was very lucky
for that, too. Next question is “How do you
make friends in college? And I wanna ask how do you cope
with the amount of assignments and work in college
while having fun outside of it.” – All right.
– Making friends in… That’s… The first semester in college,
actually, I was… I kind of lost sense
of who I was. I fell into depression because I came from
a high school were I knew everybody since,
like, kindergarten. And I was there
with my three best friends and I felt like
I could do anything. And I came to Harvard and I… I didn’t know who
I was anymore because I held onto the fact that
I was class president and I did these things. But I remember one of the first
meetings, there’s about fourteen people in my entry way. And they asked, “Oh, how many of
you guys were class presidents or, like, student
body president?” Everybody rose their hand.
And I was like… Oh, hey, okay, like… Dude, that’s intense. – I just got chills.
– Yeah, I know. And I remember… I think… The thing is,
we all looked at each other and we’re all like, “Oh, man.” Because, you know,
in high school that’s, that’s what define me. I was, like, the, you know,
the crazy class president – and then I was…
– It’s true because, actually, we have some mutual friends
and I was like, “Oh, my gosh. I met Claudine.”
And they were like, “You know Claudine Cho?
She’s intense.” – I’m like, “Please do explain.”
– I was… I was really intense – in high school.
– Yeah, yeah, yeah. And, in college, like, maybe the first week,
they talked about, like, “Oh, what were you like
in high school?” But then, none of that matters – after.
– None of it matters. – You have to start from zero.
– Yeah. And I didn’t know how to do that without my best friends
by my side. So, I would, like,
watch YouTube videos of my high school dances. Like, we had rallies,
I watched that a lot. And I would, like, call home. And I didn’t leave my room
for days at a time. I remember I would,
like, go to class like, wearing the same things
that I wore, like, three days in a row with, like,
makeup still smudged. And I just thought, if I’m not these things
that I spent, you know, I don’t know,
18 years of my life building up who am I and I…
That was the question, like, who am I if everything
that I have, all my shield and armor is stripped from me? And I, I couldn’t even
laugh anymore. My college roommate, she’s heard me on the phone
talking to my best friend. And she was like, “Baby Cho…”
She would call me Baby Cho. And she was like,
“Baby Cho, I… That’s the first time
I’ve heard you laugh.” And knowing, like, anybody
who knows me now, like, they know how, like… They were like,
“That doesn’t make any sense.” – I laugh all the time.
– Yeah. But I, I lost my laughter
and that was really hard. But the next semester,
I just decided to say yes
to literally anything. Someone’s like, “Hey,
I noticed you wear red lipstick. Can you be the makeup artist for our fashion show.”
I’m like, “Yeah!” And I go. I’ve never done makeup
on anyone in my life. – I go and I’m like…
– Red lipstick! Yeah.
“You get some red lipstick. You get some red lipstick. Everybody gets
some red lipstick.” And that’s how I actually
started making friends ’cause that’s one… I know this sounds really, not cheesy but it just
sounds so trivial but, I remember my best friends
would tell me, “Claudine,
when you go to Harvard, make sure you don’t lose
the red lipstick.” Like, “Always still wear that.”
And I’m not wearing it now. – But she almost did, actually.
– But I, you know, I always do. And I just kind of decided to…
I decided to stand out because I just… It suffocated me
to fit into a mold that I didn’t even understand, – so…
– Yeah. No, I just started
making friends by… Honestly, stop trying to be who I thought
a Harvard person was because that doesn’t exist. Everyone’s very, very different. There are no standards there. One of my high school friends
knew someone – that was going to Berkeley.
– Yeah. And, you know,
a lot of my friends were, like, – looking out for me.
– Yeah. And they were like,
“Oh, I want to introduce you to the person I know
that’s going to Berkeley.” So, I actually went in
knowing, like, – a good amount of people, like,
– Yeah. with mutual friends. But freshman year,
everybody wants to make friends. – Yeah, for sure.
– So, it was easy for me to, like, just go next door,
introduce myself, and like, “Hey, do you want to
get lunch or something?” And, – Yeah.
– everybody is just so friendly. – Yeah.
– And I had… Yeah, I was surrounded
by a lot of good people. And then, kinda like you, I tried to stay involved in a lot of, like, clubs,
fellowships, things like that. – Yeah.
– So, that – made it quite easy for me.
– Yeah. I think just… I think that’s great advice, that everybody wants
to make friends. No one is there being like, “Oh, I have a ton of friends.
I don’t need to make any.” That might be the exterior because they’re trying
to protect themselves from rejection – True.
– in friendships and whatnot. But just try to be
the first person to be like, “Hey, do you mind
if I sit here?” – Yeah!
– Earn friends with like, – Yeah!
– “Where are you from?” And I did that not so much my freshman year,
which I regret. But a lot during my sophomore,
junior years, senior years, I’m like, “Yo, I’ve seen you
around campus, and I really vibe with you”. And then like… – You’re weird.
– I know. I was used to it
That’s why I was like, “What?” No, but I wouldn’t like, “Yeah. – Do you wanna… Can I…”
– That’s it. – Okay, but here…
– But also, your was class like, – how, how big?
– Yeah, it was… We had a graduating class
of 1,600. And we’re split into houses,
kind of like “Harry Potter.” And there’s 12. So, you see
the same people a lot. And you’ll get to sit
and do work – with them, but…
– True. A lot of times when I’m like,
I would go to see performances and I’m like, “Hey,
I saw you in that theater play. I was moved”, and… And you just become friends
when you decide – to reach out to them.
– That’s true. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Okay. What was the second part
to that question? It was “I wanna ask how do you cope
with the amount of assignments and work in college
while having fun outside of it.” To be honest, I wanted to have fun first
before doing the assignments. – (speaking Korean)
– Yeah. But how did I cope
with these assignments… So, I got in the habit of… So, like, my first year of
college, I, like, didn’t care. – Yeah.
– Like, I got so many Bs. Like, you know,
in high school, you’re always – going for the As.
– Yeah, yeah, yeah. In, in college, I was, like,
“All right. A, great. But, like, at least, B.” – Like that. That’s how it was.
– Yeah. And I mean,
I had fun, you know, like, I didn’t care so much
about the GPA. Like, in high school,
I was so stressed about, like, maintaining
a certain GPA ’cause – I want to go to college.
– Yeah. But in college, I felt like, “Oh, the job I wanna do
in the future, it doesn’t require me
sharing my GPA”. So I was, like,
that kinda, like, – you know, calmed me down
– Yeah. a little bit. But yeah, I got in the habit of, like, making sure I wrote
the notes I took in class. And then, when I went home,
I transferred it all, but to… I typed it all. While I was typing, I was basically reviewing
all of my notes. – And then, yeah, so,
– That’s true. – that was very helpful.
-That’s a good study habit. – Yeah, yeah, yeah.
– Yeah, for sure. And then, whenever I, like, had
a midterm, like, a week before, I remembered all those things,
like, so much… – Yeah.
– It was a lot easier for me to study because I got into the habit
of doing that. I… You should get into
the habit of doing that. I, I did not. – What’s that one?
– “What, what makes you not cry at night when you realize
you don’t know what you’re doing
with your life?” Second semester, freshman year,
I pretty much cried almost every single day
before I went to sleep. And then my junior year,
I kinda did the same and so, I did the same – in senior year, too.
– Yeah. – I just cried.
– Yeah. And I had roommates, so they would all
come into my room, and they would,
you know, like… My college friends are,
like, my best friends. I’m not even kidding. – You guys have met
– Yeah. so many of them
if you watched “Joanday.” But, like, Christine,
Sharon, Janice, Joanne. Like, I can name
so many great people – Yeah.
– that I met in college, and they were there for me. And I was there for them, too,
when they had – those nights, too.
– For sure. So, like, I think crying is okay,
and I got lucky because my friends
would come into my room and ask what… what’s wrong. And then I would, like,
cry so much, and they would cry
with me and, like… I was just so thankful – for those moments actually
– Yeah. because I’m, like,
“These people are here for me. They care about me. And they’re gonna be
my friends forever”. And that’s when I was, like, – “I’m so lucky
– Yeah. – that I have them.”
– For sure. I think, I, I mean,
I still break down every, like, you know, once or twice a year,
like, big breakdowns, where I’m like,
“Oh, I thought I was doing this, but that didn’t quite work out.
What am I doing now?” And I remember my senior year,
the best advice I was given by this dean
of Harvard Business School and this boss-ass Korean woman.
And… She said, “You know your 20s
are the best years of your life because, you know, you’re on
kind of like a rollercoaster. In six months, you’ll say… You would say,
“I really wanna do this!” And six months later,
you’ll be like, “Oh, that didn’t
really work out.” – Yeah.
– And you try something else, and another thing,
and another thing… And she said, “You know, I’m 50-something now. And I look back on my life,
and none of it was planned out.” I thought she was gonna tell me
you need a 5, 10, 15-year plan because she’s in
business school. But she told me
just make decisions that feel honest to you
at that time. And… Just take it from there. And that,
this will lead you to here, to here, to here, to here. And so, I think I can’t say what I’m gonna be doing
in five years, but I can tell you
that this very moment, I know what feels honest
to me right now. And I know that today’s decision
is going to impact tomorrow’s, and I’ll just take it
from there. But don’t stress yourself out
trying to say, “I’m gonna do this thing!”
because… We’ve both done that many times, it’s like, I’m gonna do
this thing and it… – It doesn’t work out.
– Right. And that’s totally fine.
I feel like… – Failure is a good thing.
– Yeah. Because I think that… I kind of think of it like they’re bumpers
on a bowling alley where, like, you fail and it… You hit this bumper
and it hurts so hard, – but it pivots you back.
– Keeps you going. – Yeah.
– You keep going, going, going. Eventually, you’ll… – You’ll hit the pins.
– Right. I don’t know if that metaphor
made sense, but… You’ll… So, Claudine is gonna write
a book. So, I’m just… You know, just letting you know. This is why she’s so poetic
with the words. You’ll eventually get there. – And it will make sense to you
– Yeah. in hindsight. I totally agree
with you on this. “What foods remind you
of your college days? And what did you eat a lot of
while attending college?” – I know my answer!
– Okay, you can go first. Okay, so before going to college Taeyang released – “I Need A Girl.”
– Oh, my God. And in “I Need A Girl,” he sings about
kimchi bokkeumbap. And I didn’t
even like fried rice. And then that song, I’m not even kidding,
I’m not even kidding, made me love fried rice.
Kimchi fried rice. So, in college,
I had so much of it. And I’m… No, but that, like,
really reminds me of college because all my friends
would be like, “Oh, make me kimchi fried rice.” because they liked
my kimchi fried rice. It was better than
Bear’s Ramen’s. But, like, restaurants
I can think of, like D’Yar is like a Mediterranean food. So good. And then, Top Dog. – I love bread
– I’ve actually heard… – I’ve heard of Top Dog.
– It’s so good. – Yeah.
– Where’s that? There’s a… – burrito place somewhere.
– La Burrita? – So that one’s the place?
– So good, we had chipotle. We had so many restaurants. Like, I gained
Freshman 15 and above. – I gained 17 pounds. Yeah.
– Fifteen plus. – Seventeen pounds. Yeah.
– Oh, my gosh. I ate so much. And when I had, like,
meal points… Bagels. I had two bagels
every morning. I’m not even kidding. – Why are you laughing?
– Totally legit. It’s just ’cause
it’s a lot of bagels. I know. Hot sauce reminds me
a lot of college. – No. Honestly, because…
– She can’t eat spicy food. – No. Now, I can. But like…
– Now, she can. Yeah. Freshman… Just ’cause we ate
in the dining hall so often, and the meal was pretty… It was similar from day-to-day. So I would just pour
Tabasco sauce on everything. And I got heartburn. And so, then for a week
I had to drink, like, soy milk. So hot… Is this a sad story?
Why is everything I say so sad? Actually, Domino’s Pizza
reminds me most of college – because it was…
– Yes. Pizza. Because every meeting, when you’re trying to get people
to come to your meetings, you would order food.
And Domino’s was the cheapest. – Like, 555.
– Yes. – So yes!
– You would just go to random meetings
and you’re like, “Oh, yeah. For sure,
I’ll sign up for your club.” – Take some pizza and run away.
– Yeah, pizza. “How did you get
into your college?” So, it changes every year. And I know for a fact that it’s a lot harder
to get into my school now. And I’m sure you feel… – Same.
– the same way. But basically, what I did
before applying to schools is that I wanted to see
what was… what the average was. So, I think, back then,
like, the average SAT score was, like, 20-100. And like, the average GPA
was, like… Non-weighed was, like, 3.8? And like, weighed was, like,
4.3 and above? And like, there were a lot
of these statistics, and I was like,
“Okay, this is, like, gonna be what I’m gonna go for.” But except, I didn’t do that
for UC Berkeley. – Yeah.
– I did it for UCLA ’cause I really want to go
to UCLA. But, so… that’s how I kinda,
like, prepared myself for the application process. But I think what made
my application special was that I am the first person
to go to college in America in our family. And, like, I had no idea – about what college was.
– Yeah. So, when I was a freshman
in high school, I didn’t really care
about college. So, like, my grades were just
kind of like… – It was okay.
– Yeah. But it wasn’t like, straight As. But I met up with my counselor,
and then that’s when I was like, “Oh, I need to, like, care
about college.” So, that’s when I was like, “All right. I…
I wanna take these classes.” – Yeah.
– And then, I… my GPA every year just went up. – And I think…
– That’s really good. I think Berkeley saw that,
and they were like, “Okay.” Yeah, ’cause they know
you can do it, it’s just… if you go the opposite way,
that’s the problem. – Yeah.
– But progress… Yeah, I think…
it showed progress in like… Every year, I, like, added, like, two or three more
extracurriculars on top of that. So, I was pretty intense
in high school, too. I know you were intense ’cause all my friends
told me you were. But, yeah… Honestly speaking, I feel like everyone thinks
that there’s a magic number or there are certain points
that you have to hit. But you never quite know because Harvard to me
was the dream too big to dream. And I was like, “Who am I to think
that I could even apply?” And I… I wasn’t gonna apply
until very last minute. My mom told me, “You know,
you worked really hard. Why not try?” Honestly, any opportunity
that I saw in high school, I took it. And I wanna say… I know that a lot of opportunity
in high school, you just do it
to pad your resume. But there are certain times
when I was like… Even for my resume,
I don’t think I can do this. This just doesn’t feel – honest to me.
– Yeah. And I think colleges
can tell if… You can tell a story
through the… the way… the movement
that you make from freshman year
to senior year. – And…
– For sure. I didn’t do much
my freshman year in high school, but I slowly started adding
things that I cared about, like Korean club or debate and class… like student government. You can even guess
what they’re looking for. I think that… It’s not a numbers game,
it’s not even a lot game. It’s, “Are you the best fit
for this college?” And, “Is this college
the best fit for you?” Because they’re technically
making an investment in you. – You…
– Right, it’s true. They see your potential,
and they say, “Can this person grow
in our environment? Can they be this person
that they want to be?” And they do case by case basis. So, I remember, I like… I got into Harvard, but I got rejected
from a handful of other schools. And I was like, how was I… Like, I really wanted to go
to these other schools as well. And… It just… I just wasn’t
the right puzzle piece for their puzzle. – And they weren’t for mine.
– Yeah. Well, in hindsight. Last question is, “What’s your favorite memory
from college? Also, was your college
far from your house? And how did you deal
with being homesick?” So, let’s… – Let’s answer the…
– Three questions. Let’s answer
the homesick part first. – Yeah.
– And then, end – on a happier note.
– Yeah. Homesickness… – Yeah, I mean…
– That’s the thing. You probably had it – a lot more than I did.
– Yeah. I… You know, I… I mean, distance is distance. But I think… What did I do?
People actually did get seasonal depression in Boston. Because, it got dark at,
like, 4:00 p.m. in the winter. It snowed my first time.
Like, having real snow on me. Like, obviously. Homesickness… I think the important thing is to not get sucked back
into Facebook or Instagram, and checking in on how your
friends back home are doing. That actually
exacerbates homesickness, – I find.
– Yeah. Sometimes. Because you’re, like, – left out on a lot of things.
– Yeah. So, for me,
when I felt homesick, I first started kind of removing myself
from my current situation, and calling my friends
back home and relying on them. But I think the cure
to homesickness is to put yourself even more
in the space that you are. Like, explore more parts
of the city. I explored more parts of Boston – with friends.
– Right. I’d go on adventures and make new memories
of where I was now. And so, I think that’s
the best way to cure it, because it’s… I mean… – There really is no other…
– Life goes on and you have… – You can…
– You have… Life goes on and you have to
keep moving with it. – Definitely.
– Like, you really do. You can’t get left behind
for sure. For me,
I didn’t get homesick that much ’cause, I mean,
I was still in California. And because a lot of my friends
were from SoCal, it’s so funny because I met
a lot of SoCal people, – like, in college. Yeah.
– They gravitate towards you, – for sure.
– We just like… We’re like, “All right, let’s drive home.” So, like, a lot of my
upperclassmen friends, they were like
“All right, let’s drive down.” And so, we have so many, like, spontaneous trip back home. – Yeah.
– It was… It was really great. And like, tickets, like,
they randomly go on sale, so whenever it was,
like, 49 dollars, we’re like, “All right, booking
the tickets for home!” Like, just book
as many as you can. Wait, what’s the question so… I personally didn’t feel
that homesick because people around me
were home. – Yeah.
– Yeah. So, we’re like, “All right, you want
to go home? Let’s go home.” Yeah, so just – good friends around you.
– Yeah. And like, I remember like… For… You guys all know Sharon.
You know Sharon. We, like, drove down
together often, and we would talk
for like six, seven hours. And that itself would
be such a good memory, because, you know, you’re, like getting to know
this person even more even though you knew…
I don’t know. Those… The drive down and also up were always
quite memorable. – Yeah.
– Yeah. There are so many good – memories of it.
– Yeah. It’s a hard one to answer ’cause you can answer,
I’m thinking… When you read
the question aloud, like, a ton of memories
just like, like… Just started bubbling up – to the surface.
– Yeah. And like, wow, I miss all – my friends from college.
– Yeah. I think one of the most… The most memorable ones are the ones that are
actually not… If you speak it out loud,
it’s not very memorable at all. It’s just… Just good time
with your friends. – Spending a lot… Yeah.
– Staying up till 4:00 a.m. – not studying, but talking.
– Yeah. It’s talk…
And seriously, talking with your friends late at night. Or just spontaneous trips
down the city. Also studying abroad, we both
studied abroad, actually. The… Oh, yeah. That’s a… – That’s a separate video.
– That’s a separate memory. Like, portion of my head. But I think the memories
that are most memorable is when you take spontaneous… You’re just like,
“Hey, why don’t we just…” – Drive to the city.
– Yeah. Let’s go to SoCal. Or, “Do you wanna
go get pizza right now?” like, at two o’clock in the morning,
he’s like, “Hey, late night.” – Like, we did a lot of that.
– Yeah. Just walking around. For me… Like, walking around
Harvard Square like, blasting music or just, like
rapping down the street and… Oh, man. Just… There isn’t one – memorable moment
– For sure. It’s just every single one – spent with good people.
– Yeah. So, for those of you guys who are applying to college,
enjoy it. I know it’s stressful right now, – Yeah.
– but it will all be worth it. And for those of you guys
who are in college and are stressed right now, – I get it.
– Yeah. But again, like… Everything is happening
for a reason, – Yeah.
– and that’s just gonna mold you into a better… better version
of you. – Yeah, for sure.
– Right? So… And also,
for those post-grads… – Fighting.
– Yeah. Yeah. We’re… we’re right there
with you. We’re right there with you. If I could just give one tip,
though, when you guys are applying
to college. When you’re writing your essays, make sure you’re doing it
in your voice. Because I’ve read so many
college essays, and it’s… you can tell when someone is not being honest to themselves. You can just… – it feels a little off.
– Right. And if you’re getting help
writing your essays, get little amounts of help. I don’t know how else
to explain it. It just… No, I get what you mean. You have to write experiences
that are honest to you and can… It doesn’t have to be… or I would say, don’t write
about the moments that you think – sound impressive.
– Yeah. And write about the moment… I mean, my friend wrote about you know, her being
half-Chinese, half-Romanian, talked about, like, dumplings.
Or like… – Really?
– Yeah. There was – That’s so cool.
– a lot of interest… Or my other friend, he wrote
about how he walks really slow. And how he’s lived in Tennessee,
and Korea, – and, like, New England.
– Wow. And how his pace of life
has always remained the same. So, it’s about taking mundane… Try taking a mundane experience
and extracting it. And you don’t need to have
a dramatic event in your life. You don’t need
a volunteer trip to – Costa Rica or wherever else,
– Right. because you can’t buy
memorable experiences like that. It’s just… you have – to find… Yeah.
– Be you in your essays. You don’t need to have
five difficult SAT words – in one sentence, like…
– Yeah, for sure. Be yourself. I mean, I… I’m like,
while you were explaining, I was like,
what did I write about? – Yeah.
– And I think I wrote about being Korean-American. What did you write about? I wrote about how… what it means
to step down as a leader. – All right.
– Those… – Those… I know I’m like…
– This video is so intense We should, like, shake it up. I hope you guys found
this video helpful. This is a video I really wanted
to do for you guys, mainly because every time I do,
like, a Q and A, or when I visit my college,
people are like, “please do a college video.” – So, hopefully, it was helpful.
– Yeah. Give it a thumbs-up
if you love Claudine. And if you enjoyed this video. And I’ll see you guys
in my next one. Thank you. Thanks. Thanks for watching! – Two.
– Dude, we filmed for so long. – How long?
– I don’t think I ever filmed… No, every time I film…

100 Replies to “College Advice from Harvard & UC Berkeley Grads! 🎓”

  1. Follow Claudine on IG:

    Also, here are the time stamps 🙂
    0:48 Where did you go to college? And what did you major in?
    1:49 How did you choose your major?
    4:40 Did you have a part-time job? Money Management!
    6:57 How did you make friends in college?
    12:56 Study tip that worked for me
    14:24 What makes you not cry at night?
    17:49 What food reminds you of college?
    19:59 How did you get into your college?
    23:44 Also how'd you deal with feeling homesick?
    26:15 What's your favorite memory from college?

    What should my next Q&A be about?

  2. Wow. You guys are really intelligent. Honestly I hope to one day have that passion and motivation that you guys have lol

  3. I am having lots of anxiety because of college right now, and this video was just like a pause to that. Please please make a video about your experience studying abroad! I would love to know about that, and also with Claudine, she is so sweet <3 thank you! <3

  4. As a UC Berkeley alum I can attest that UCB is today a commie shithole filled with shitty libtard snowflakes. I can only imagine how many times worse Harvard is. If you meet a Harvard or UCB student, run from them as fucking fast as you can.

  5. One of the most honest sit-down videos I've seen. Need more of this to be honest! Was really inspired. I'll be going to college myself in 2 months time and I'm trying to hold off all thoughts I'm on the brink of anxiety but this really helped. Thanks!

  6. Thanks so much to both of you for this. I was able to relate to a lot of your stories. It was so nice that you talked in depth and so truthfully about your college life. I am in my third year in college but I still learned a lot from you guys. 🙂

  7. I so know how you feel about balancing time. I'm taking Anatomy and Physiology with lab and other classes and A&P is taking up my tiiiimmeee. Spring semester just started and I'm trying to find my niche into time management.

  8. You can’t even begin to imagine how much this has helped a high school senior anxiously awaiting her college decisions right now… lol. There are the best types of videos to watch while doing my makeup 😂👌 also yasss Joan repping the PMO!! Love your videos so much 💕

  9. Im glad I watched this. Really needed to hear a lot of your experiences and advice. College really has beaten me down but I think I’m able to look at it through another perspective thanks to this video.

  10. I literally felt like I was sitting with you guys just listening to your advice like my cousins or something. I love the advice you have and I will definitely keep everything in mind

  11. I'm watching this after not being qualified at the school where I want to go Senior High School. I'm feeling really down right now because I felt like all my dreams were shattered (i know it is only shs but it is still a big deal for me). I can relate to Claudine where she said she is from a school where she knew all those people since kindergarten. I'm still in my school but I just realized that I needed to go to another school with new environment and people because I felt like I had no personality here. This video really helped me! Thank you for doing this 😊 i realized and learned a lot from you guys!

  12. This is so cute and inspiring! Love you two! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I just ended university (well I still have classes twice a week so I have this weird half-student/half-employed status even though I graduated) but I think you covered the most important things: doing what seems honest in the moment, being yourself, and going out there (reaching out to people, trying new things,… leaving your room!). I learned a lot about myself in uni. I connected with Claudine a lot because I identified myself as "the best student" in secondary school and once I got accepted in "prestigious" higher education systems, I realized I wasn't so special… I was even pretty average in that community. It took me a few years and some hard failures to realize that I am not how well I do in academics and to figure out who I was and what I wanted in life. And then you take it one step at a time to achieve what you want to achieve. Even if you don't seem good enough, perseverance goes a long way. Persevere and hang in there but if it gets unbearable, know when to be flexible and accept change. This is still true even after graduating haha! Sometimes, I still struggle with whether I made the right career choice or not XD But hey! Life changes and we change too. So lets see where it takes us!

  13. „it suffocated me to fit into a mold that i didn‘t even understand“ that‘s powerful, i‘ve never heard anyone articulate it like that but it rings true

  14. omg, that thing Claudine said about homesickness is so true!! i remember my freshman year, seeing through facebook all the things happening to my friends back home and really getting depressed because i couldn't even figure out what i was doing with my life, but getting to know the city and spending time with people from where i was was so helpful

  15. This was such a good video and you two's advice was just so real and reassuring. Both of u seem like the most genuine people, so laid back and just doing what makes u happy. I feel like I'm lost with what I want to do vs what I feel others want me to do and it's really hard. I Guess I have to learn how to take things one step at a time and maybe I'll find where im meant to be too.

  16. this video really resonated with me, because it is such an important topic & also the conversation was very honest and genuine! It's also so refreshing to hear of other sociology majors since I am also majoring in that so it was great hearing claudine discuss that 🙂 I am graduating in May and I am really nervous. I don't have a career goal just yet but I have enjoyed my degree program a lot but watching this has helped me and inspired my thought process. Thanks for making a video like this!!

  17. LOOL TAEYANG's 김치볶음밥 잘먹는 joan 😂 thank you Claudine and Joan unnies, in my graduating year of college and i can totally relate to some of the advice given. Please do more of these!

  18. Thank you so much, it's my Second Semester in college and I felt like doing the worse to myself but while watching this I want to take a new step in all of the rest of my college life

  19. Did you ever have to deal with disapproval or trying to tell you what to major in from your family? Even if not, do you have advice to get past it? Thank you. This video was really helpful 🙂

  20. Please make more of this!!! I have no idea how I just discovered you. I am about to enter college this year as well, and I am really glad to hear about your experiences. Thank you so much!

  21. Hey joan,thankyou so much for making this video!it helped and inspired me alot to pursue my dreams.please do more of these kinds of personal q&a !!thankyou 🙂

  22. This video was so helpful and has really opened my eyes! I’m a freshman in high school and I know this will stay with me for the years to come! 🙂

  23. I'm graduating this summer~ I know not everyone takes a program that they don't really connect to, all I can say is if you really want to get a job in your major, go out there and network yourself. Attend every single networking/job fairs/info session, that way you'll easily land a job right after or even while still studying. And join clubs that will look good on your resume. These are things I never did or rarely did and now I'm struggling landing a job when everyone in my class are already set after grad. Goodluck !

  24. I am graduating for college several days from now and watching this makes me look back and realized that I enjoyed the experience way more than I think. I'm grateful that you got "intense" because I learned a lot from this. Thank you!

  25. I love claudine, she's really funny. I watching this video over and over again, I just really love joan and claudine so much

  26. OH MA GOD, BEST VIDEO EVER! i need more college videos from you guys! U guys give so many good advice and insights <333
    Joan: 'what did you write about?'
    Claudine: 'I wrote about what it means to step down as a leader'
    FUHHKKK at 17 years old?! that's intense

  27. Thanks Claudine for your honesty. I’m a mom of a freshman at Swarthmore College and his first choice was Harvard but he got deferred EA and then waitlisted and ultimately didn’t get in. So he decided to commit to Berkeley but at the end went to Swat. He’s a freshman and going through exactly the same thing now so I text and talk to him a lot to encourage him that he doesn’t have to be the top every time and to enjoy. It’s so small there so it’s hard when all his friends are so smart! God Bless

  28. Just got into my dream school,, super nervous because it is a really prestigious school but im also so excited and can't think of going anywhere else!!!

  29. I had the same problem as Claudine when I started college. I fell into a depression so bad I had to drop out. After taking some time to figure things out I gave it a second try, but I went to a community college instead. I had so much fun there that it makes me wish I decided to go there first.
    Honestly, I feel like community colleges are rarely brought up as an option.

  30. I have:
    – 4.4 weighted avg GPA
    – 3.9 unweighted avg GPA.
    – 450 service hours
    – 3 leadership positions in clubs
    – 5 academic clubs
    – Gold Award from Kiwanis
    – 2 years as a cheerleader
    – bilingual
    – Program Director of Aceing Autism (international non profit that helps kids with autism improve their motor and social skills through tennis)
    – 3 jobs

    I got rejected from UCLA, USC, and waitlisted at UC Berkeley.

    Love life rn.

  31. Thank you for making this video:) i have a question to u tho… ive seen quite a few videos talking negatively about ucb.. saying that its very depressing and all that.. but u dont sound like it at all:D im wondering if thats becuz of the majors?? Im admitted to film and media, what is it like to be in theree??:o thank you:))

  32. this was such a great video! I have so much respect for the both of you – you're such intelligent and humble people. this video made me so excited to go to college in the fall!

  33. "I hope you guys found this video helpful"
    y'all this was more than helpful, this was emotional support, motivation, destress, and relief all in one 30 minute video. I'm honestly glad I found your channel, honestly glad.
    was kinda facing a junior year slump, but now with this video i'm pickin it back up and pumpin the accelerator towards college lol so yeah, thanks to both of you 😀

  34. Watching this even though I'm finishing my bachelor's degree in 8 days hahaha. Gonna start the master in fall… Very interesting 🙂

  35. thank you guys for talking about your experiences and giving us amazing advices. you guys are funny too! new subscriber <3

  36. this is amazing. I'm actually applying for college right now. and some of the advices you and Claudine said really gave me goosebumps and inspired me. thank you so much!!

  37. so I M GOING TO THE SAME COLLEGE THAT JOAN DID HOLY SMOKES pls visit it would be awesome if i bump into you! <3

  38. This is soooo helpful and I really got a lot of motivation to keep on fighting especially because I'm starting my first day as a freshmen in college tomorrow and you guys just gave me an inspiration. 💜💜

  39. Thanks for the advice and words that I really need. I still have 5 semesters for my degree and I really hope I can do well.

  40. It really motivated me . After watching this I feel like I am happy and stress free. Yeah too intense. Helped me. thanks♥♥♥

  41. Joan! what lipstick Claudine wear in this video, brand? shade? plz specifiy…I was just attracted all my attention to that haha..

  42. This is something that moved my heart. You both so honest and transparent here. And the stories and advice are really helpful.👌👌👌

  43. Oh my gosh. This is the very first 30 min vlog that I've finished. Everything was just so honest and real and calm. Like I'm watching my actual friends chat to each other haha dunno even why I clicked and decided to watch it till the end when in fact I graduated college last May haha Love you Joan and Claudine! You girls did a very great job here. clap clap

  44. Respect to the two of you! The video it felt more like a talk between friends than a q&a which I really really liked:)

  45. Hey folks! If anyone would like help with editing their application essays, I would be happy to help out.
    My background: I was high school valedictorian, graduated from UC Berkeley with honors in 2015, and graduated with a master of occupational therapy degree in 2017. I worked as a writing tutor for four years and love to help the college application process. (I would be happy to provide proof of degrees if requested)

    Feel free to email me at [email protected] My fee is $20 per essay. I will return your essays to you within 5 business days with edits, recommendations, and explanations for all advised corrections. Good luck friends!

    *I will be providing editing services for years to come, so there is not a time limit on this offer. ☺

  46. I'm taking FILM XB50…preach watching 3 hours of black and white film was so draining for me haha . GO BEARS! CLASS OF 2022 <3 🙂

  47. Claudine, that metaphor about the bumpers and the bowling really resonated with me. Its a bit silly but I hope I remember it when push comes to shove.

  48. i just watched your latest video and oh my God do i love this topic i hope you make some more videos like this when the opportunity arises ♡

  49. I think i just found another smart answer to the job interview question, "where do u see yourself in 5 years? "😂 thank you Claudine! Much love 😘💕

  50. Such a helpful video. Wish that I saw this earlier. I’m at the end of my sophomore year. College has just been hard. Being an international student and an introvert, I felt lone and just stressed out with choosing major, making friends, etc.

  51. Thank you so much for doing this video it helped me so much with my stress about life and college! I am going into my second year into community college as a highschooler and there is so much pressure that if I don't receive As in all my class from here on out ( I have three Cs already), I would not get into my top dream schools (USC & UC Berkeley). I am scared all the universities will reject me 😕. Thank you again to you both for your wise words and helpful tips! I appreciate it❤️

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