When you get stuck in your comfort zone, you limit your possibilities and yourself. Going outside that zone pushes you to develop interests, ideas, and relationships that you might never have discovered.
Cuisines, films, classes, sports, and arts activities are just a few areas you can explore. If you try something and it doesn't work for you, move on to something else. Don't be afraid to go to informational meetings or ask questions about an activity to see if it's right for you. If you don't try new things, how will you really know what you like?
Berkeley will challenge you.
Be open to ideas and conversations that may
change or solidify your
values and/or identity.
Say hello to everyone, or at least to the students in your classes and where you live. Remember, most students are looking to make connections just like you. You might find a study buddy, chess mate, ballroom dance partner, crochet crony, or a fellow Bollywood film fanatic.
For your major, you'll end up focusing on a very specific field (like Architecture, Ethnic Studies, or Nutritional Science) so make space for courses that stretch your mind and values in new ways. Take classes that sound like fun to you, not just ones that fulfill requirements.