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Profile: Barbara Yang

Name: Barbara YangYear: FreshmanMajor: Computer Science (intended)

Have you had any entirely new experiences since coming to Cal?
I joined a hip-hop dance team! Dancing has been a sort of side interest/fantasy for me since middle school. I spent way too much time on YouTube transfixed by dance competitions and choreography videos. So at Cal, thanks to the huge community of AFX Hip Hop, which welcomes novice dancers like myself, I’ve had the opportunity to be part two amazing teams. It’s surreal that every semester, I get to perform before an audience. Dreams do come true!
 
What would you consider your community here?
I’m still trying to figure that out. Since there are so many undergrads at Cal, I have a community for every interest: I’m in a social sorority for female engineers (Phi Sigma Rho) as well as a hip-hop dance team (AFX), a creative agency (Innovative Design), and a Christian fellowship.
 
What’s your go-to eatery (aside from dining halls)?
I rotate between Toss Noodle Bar, Thai Basil and Racha Cafe.
 
Favorite song at the moment?
Kina Grannis just released this amazing cover/mashup of “No” by Meghan Trainor and a bunch of 90’s songs. Go check it out on YouTube!
 
Which do you prefer: Coffee or tea?
Coffee when I’m working in a coffeeshop. Tea at home.
 
What advice would you give to any incoming Berkeley freshmen?
Plan out classes for 8 semesters as much as you can — especially if you’re considering a second major or a minor, studying abroad, or graduating early! Every department has detailed major requirements on their respective websites.
For introverts out there, take time to treat yourself to solitude. But it’s completely okay to have fun too! 
 
Melody A. Chang

UC Berkeley '19

As a senior undergraduate, I seek out all opportunities that expand my horizons, with the aim of developing professionally and deepening my vision of how I can positively impact the world around me. While most of my career aims revolve around healthcare and medicine, I enjoy producing content that is informative, engaging, and motivating.  In the past few years, I have immersed myself in the health field through working at a private surgical clinic, refining my skills as a research assistant in both wet-lab and clinical settings, shadowing surgeons in a hospital abroad, serving different communities with health-oriented nonprofits, and currently, exploring the pharmaceutical industry through an internship in clinical operations.  Career goals aside, I place my whole mind and soul in everything that I pursue whether that be interacting with patients in hospice, consistently improving in fitness PR’s, tutoring children in piano, or engaging my creativity through the arts. Given all the individuals that I have yet to learn from and all the opportunities that I have yet to encounter in this journey, I recognize that I have much room and capacity for growth. Her Campus is a platform that challenges me to consistently engage with my community and to simultaneously cultivate self-expression. 
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