We invited students participating in Berkeley Connect in Spring 2019 to enter our Student Voice Contest and share with us a memorable experience they had in Berkeley Connect. The winning entry below was written by Madelyn Ahr, a senior majoring in Media Studies who participated in Berkeley Connect in History.
During the week that our topic was about Free Speech on the Berkeley campus, I shared about my views as a conservative women at Cal and how difficult and lonely it can feel. I shared how I feel that I have to hide what I believe because Berkeley is a very liberal school. However, the class responded so kindly and warmly to my opening up and another student also shared her similar experiences and feelings. It was a wonderful, powerful moment as we discussed the “freedom” of speech on this defining campus. It felt like for a moment, most of our class understood one another, despite different political views. We were all on the same level for that moment. It was special.