Kara Keough

Real kid Kara Keough explains why college at Berkeley was tough -- at first.

on Dec 1, 2008

During my first semester at Berkeley, I struggled with the transition. I was really bitter and lonely, and this hostility was obvious in my interviews and conversations about school. After attending for nearly a year now, I have opened up a lot to the little world of Berkeley. I appreciate the small things about the city that I never even knew existed last year. I grew up living on my own and in the process, I was exposed to a lot of the really special things about the Bay Area and Berkeley. I admit I was pretty sassy about Cal during the summer when the show was filmed. It was a really tough time for me — I felt really far away from everyone and everything I really loved, and sometimes I still feel that way. But now I've found the truly great things about the little city I like to call "Berk-town." I apologize for offending people in the process, but for me, learning to love Berkeley was a love/hate journey. I've opened up a LOT to Berkeley. I've learned to love the things Berkeley offers that no other place does. I didn't vote for Obama, but I felt the passion and pride of my fellow Berkelians when he was elected. I ALMOST joined the parades and mobs on the streets of Telegraph and Shattuck when the news was announced. I cried with my peers when Prop 8 was passed. So yes, I'm a Republican at Berkeley, but dammit, I'm heading more towards the middle everyday.

Berkeley is the most interesting place I've ever been. And staying there would really be good for me as a person. School can be a little overwhelming at times, and it's difficult juggling a job, class, friends, and flying to LA to see loved ones near home. But when all is said and done, I do appreciate Berkeley.