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Young Alumni

Alumni Advice for the Graduating Class of 2023

By Josephine Thornton

The Cal Alumni Association asked alums what advice they would share with the newest cohort of alumni Golden Bears.

The Campanile at UC Berkeley.

To Receive Is to Give: TAAP Scholars’ Legacy of Service

TAAP Scholars John Lam ’24 and Alishba Sardar ’23 both came from nontraditional education backgrounds. Their experiences laid the groundwork for their advocacy efforts.

Jayden Zheng ’23. / Hey Zinah Photography

Becoming Yourself through the Struggle

As a first-generation student from a low-income background, Jayden Zheng ’23 attributes the resources and support he found at Cal for allowing him to achieve his goals.

Alishba Sardar ’23 delivering her speech at the 2023 TAAP Graduation Brunch / Hey Zinah Photography

Building Hope

Alishba Sardar ’23 found community and empowerment at Cal as a foster youth through Berkeley Hope Scholars.

Robert Yu ’18 / Courtesy of Robert Yu

Dancing with Purpose

By Josephine Thornton

For Leadership Award Scholar Robert Yu ’18, dedication to dance and Wushu endeavors at Cal opened the doors for new opportunities and set him up for success.

Rona Osmani ’06 (left) and Jesse Ante ’68, M.S. ’70 (right). / Courtesy of CJ Poloka

The Tale of Two Scholars: A Mentorship Story

By Chinwe Oniah

As one of a few Filipino students at Cal, Jesse Ante ’68, M.S. ’70, guided himself through his own path toward success. Years later, his mentorship supported Rona Osmani ’06 as she paved her own Cal journey.

Ryan Waliany ’08 / Courtesy of Ryan Waliany

Bears in Business: Ryan Waliany

At Cal, Ryan Waliany ’08 learned to work smart and focus on the learning experience. Those lessons now influence his entrepreneurship today.

Neil Arcellana (second from right) and his dance club perform a Philippine folk dance in 2022 at the University of Pacific’s 25th Pilipino Cultural Night. “Pilipino Cultural Night is an annual tradition that many colleges and high schools participate in…to celebrate and showcase Pilipino Culture and history.” / Courtesy of Neil Arcellana

Finding Your Story

TAAP and TLA Scholar Neil Arcellana ’24 shares his story of overcoming obstacles and hopes to advocate for other students facing similar challenges.

Prytanean alumnae with Spring 2021 Prytanean initiates. / Courtesy of Tina Cheung
Alumni Chapters

The First Women’s Honor Organization Pays It Forward

By Jackie Krentzman

Meet the Prytanean Alumnae Chapter, a group of alumni uplifting women of different backgrounds and career fields through awards, events, service projects, and community bonding.

(l-r) Jason Gant '06, Chancellor Christ, and Susie Cohen Crumpler on Homecoming weekend. / CJ Poloka / Cal Alumni Association
Cal Culture

Building Community by Giving Back

Jason Gant ’06 reflects on his time at Cal and how it shaped his desire to get involved and give his time to support the Cal community through programs like Cal Alumni Mentors.

Mikey Day ’10 and Stephen Saribalis ’10. / Courtesy of Mikey Day.
Lair of the Golden Bear

Golden Bears in Love: Mikey Day ’10 and Stephen Saribalis ’10

Did you meet your special someone on Sproul during spring semester? In an intro biology course? Or even during move-in?

Stuart Smith ’70, founder of Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery. / Courtesy of Stuart Smith

Bears in Business: Stuart Smith ’70

The award-winning Smith-Madrone co-founder discusses the ways his Cal experience at UC Berkeley influenced his decision to enter the wine industry and shaped his business practices.