Christina Choi

I'm a Berkeley EngineerClass of 2019
Materials Sciences and Engineering
Irvine Valley College

When did you know that you wanted to become an engineer? In my senior year in high school, I was having a hard time choosing my major for college. The engineering field appealed most to me because engineers influence the world and make it a better place to live in; I would love to contribute to this cause as an engineer.

Why did you choose Berkeley Engineering?  Not only is UC Berkeley one of the best public universities in the world, but also Berkeley Engineering stands out exceptionally well in university rankings in the engineering fields. For material science and engineering UC Berkeley holds third place in national ranking; also lots of fascinating research has been conducted in Berkeley Labs, so I chose UC Berkeley over other schools I applied to.

Christina ChoiChristina Choi (photo by Laura Vogt)What do you like most about Berkeley Engineering? I like the academic environment Berkeley Engineering offers. Faculty are knowledgeable and many of them are actively involved in their research. Berkeley engineering students work hard and make a great community for study groups as well as a competitive but helpful environment.

Do you often take advantage of programs and offerings of Engineering Student Services?  T-PREP made my transition to UC Berkeley really smooth and exciting. The info sessions along with advice from student panels and faculty were extremely helpful and beneficial.  The community I built during T-PREP is always supportive and they are my new best friends who I can share my personal life with.

Have you had a memorable “aha” moment (yet) at Berkeley Engineering? There was a moment in LeaderShape where we had an intense discussion on various problems in modern society such as racism, sexism and poverty. I was so glad that I was part of this discussion led by my mature and passionate community.

What are your future plans? After graduating next year, I would like to pursue a master's degree in material science and engineering or gain some experience and technical skills from going to industry or working in a lab. My ultimate goal is doing research in biomaterials or prosthetics, especially personalized prosthetics made by 3D printing so that everyone could afford quality prosthetics in the future.