A new graduate going to college of the back of a letter of reccomendation.

Letters of rec process overloads teachers


“Out of all the 50 letters of recommendation that I wrote, I was happy to write all 50, and I think that each student deserved a great letter of recommendation,” said Erin Smith, a Berkeley High School Biology and Integrated Science teacher, “(but) at the same time it’s a ton of extra work that I

The BHS Bridge program educates on post-high school options, including Berkeley City College.

Bridge program provides support for post-high school options


Originally piloted in the summer of 2010, the Berkeley High Bridge Program has provided support for students, often first generation to college or students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, while preparing them for college and helping them build academic skills, as stated on Berkeley Unified School District’s Bridge website.  Not only does the program work to

A gate to a university.

HBCUs over Ivies: The value for Black students


“I gained confidence from HBCUs … At Berkeley High, I was in the Advanced Math program all the way from freshman year to junior year, and I always felt extremely ostracized,” said Rayna Carter, a BHS alum and current junior at Howard University.

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Community college enrollment proves difficult to navigate


In recent years, it has been difficult for Berkeley High School students to sign up for classes at Berkeley City College due to the strenuous process of enrolling and hard to read website.

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Eliminating university core
Editor-in-Chief requirements incites passion


Many seniors who want to go to a four-year college have spent an inordinate amount of time over the last year thinking about schools and wading through the glossy brochures that arrive in the mail each day.

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BHS seniors weigh the pros and cons of out-of-state universities


These months are crucial for seniors as they send in applications for regular decisions and receive early admission notifications. At Berkeley High School, seniors flock to the College and Career Center in the hopes of getting their essays read or receiving help submitting applications.  Many public and private school applications are due in early

College counselor Maya Martinez works at her computer, where students are free to drop by.

BHS counselors and students offer college interview guidelines


As the fall semester comes to a close, Berkeley High School seniors are starting to submit their applications to colleges, and experience their first college interviews.

UC on Strike

UC Berkeley academic workers strike for higher wages, benefits


Over the last few weeks, close to 48,000 University of California academic workers, 10,000 of whom are from UC Berkeley, are striking for higher wages and better benefits.

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BHS college counselors reflect on college costs, mental health


As seniors begin to submit their first college applications, many students have started thinking about the huge costs that come with attending most universities, which include application fees as well as the actual tuition.

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College applicants grapple with the overturning of Roe v.Wade 


Roe v. Wade was a Supreme Court ruling made in 1973 that legalized abortion nationally. It was overturned on June 24, 2022, giving individual states the right to criminalize abortion.   Many students at BHS experience their views being reciprocated by the local government.

College admissions process drives students away from college


As Berkeley High School returns to the new school year, a fresh senior class begins the infamous college admissions process, and the class of ‘23 can already feel the stress of the long path before them.

Despite effort to mitigate the tension surrounding entrance to "big name" schools, including those like UC Berkeley, it

Online Learning Alleviates Competitive Nature of College Process


The pandemic has prevented many Berkeley High School traditions from taking place  for seniors. The class of 2021 has lost Red and Gold Day, blowout, Senior Sunrise, and the overall experience of being a senior at BHS.

Stanford and Baylor Triumph In This Year’s March Madness


March Madness, the annual college basketball tournament run by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, ran from March 18 to April 5 of 2021. The tournament draws many viewers, and typically involves 64 college teams that get together in six different locations.

College Admissions Proved Especially Competitive During Pandemic


As April comes to a close, Berkeley High School seniors face the fast approaching college decision deadline. Come May 1, many will commit to the college they plan on attending the coming year, with the hope of some sense of normalcy.  Like many other aspects of life this year, the college application process has

BHS Students Navigate Intricacies of Paying for Higher Education


“I’m on the wealthier side of people. We live in Berkeley, in the Bay Area, and if my family still feels like we can’t afford 90 percent of colleges, then there’s a problem with the system,” remarked Felix Mousigian, a senior at Berkeley High School in Berkeley International High School.

To Shed Racist Past, UC Berkeley Renames Buildings


Over the past five years, a movement has grown at the University of California, Berkeley that centers around the issues of identity and injustice that have swelled in recent times.

BHS baseball, led by Millikan and Morgan, started their season on March 12.

Recruited Baseball Athletes: Noah Millikan and Ben Morgan


Noah Millikan Noah Millikan, a senior at Berkeley High School, has been playing baseball for the past 15 years, and will continue to play in college, as a pitcher for the University of Pennsylvania.

College Readiness Majorly Impacted by COVID-19, Community Must Support Upperclassmen


In a normal year, the transition from high school to college is anything but easy. Amidst a global pandemic and distance learning, previous challenges are exacerbated, and new problems are constantly arising.