Jayden Raye Lapin-Tatman, 21, grew up in conservative Orange County. The political science major considers herself a centrist: not too conservative, not too liberal, pragmatic above all else. But Lapin-Tatman still had to learn how to listen when the conservative or liberal students in her political science classes started sharing their strongly held opinions. They learned to listen to her too.
“Berkeley taught me how to talk to people from different backgrounds and opinions,” she said. “How to listen and try to understand what they are saying; form an argument and respond.”
Lapin-Tatman was also a devoted member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
“I met a ton of empowered women that shaped who I am,” she said of her time there. “We had a GPA minimum, so they studied a lot. I studied a lot; more than I expected.”
After graduating, Lapin-Tatman will move to New York City to work with a political consulting firm.