Cherie Xiao’s best moment at Berkeley was finishing her last final for political science 1, an introductory class on American politics and institutions.
The 22-year-old Fuzhou, China, native had majored in environmental economics and policy and figured it was time to better understand the country she planned to make her new home.
“It was a hard class,” she said. “So my favorite moment was when I got out of the final on Tuesday, my last final ever. It was dark and stepped out of the classroom and took a big breath. It was both happy and sad.”
Xiao transferred to Berkeley from Santa Monica Community College at the start of her junior year, so her two years at Berkeley were crammed with essential economics classes and hunts for affordable housing.
“Time really flew faster for me than it did for others,” she said.
Next year, Xiao will start a job with the accounting firm KPMG in San Francisco.