Monica Bernal

Chaniqua ButscherMonica Bernal
EECS Last Name K-O; Materials Science & Engineering


Where did you go to college?
I went to UC Santa Barbara for my undergraduate studies and Santa Clara University for my law degree.

How long have you been with the College of Engineering?
I joined ESS in June 2017

What are your interests?
Books! I’m always reading something and usually have a book in my bag. Today it’s Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. I’m also super into podcasts. Favorites include: Another Round, The Read, Death Sex & Money, and Nancy. Seriously, let me know your favorite podcast! I live near Lake Merritt and love being able to run the lake. Running at sunset and just clearing your head. I’m about it.

What advice do you have for students?
Your time at Berkeley is a time to chase your passions, learn more about yourself, and try new things. Don’t limit yourself by basing your experience off of anyone else’s journey. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or express interests in different things, or even decide to change paths. We’re here to support you and trust, you’re all pretty amazing.

What are your favorite TV shows?
MASTER OF NONE! It’s so good. You should all binge watch it. I also adore the Great British Bake-Off. I’m also feeling Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO.

What is your favorite song, band or type of music?
Right now my running mix has a lot of Rihanna, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar. However I’m all about the 90s R&B.

Is there anything else that you would like to add?
One of my favorite quotes is from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” Now is your time to achieve those things even if you don’t know what they are yet we’re here to help you.