I was born and raised in Berkeley, and was profoundly shaped by the diverse and welcoming environment. The city is progressive, always aware of global issues and local issues, encouraging the education and increased consciousness of young people. I had amazing teachers in the public school education, and friendly neighbors that watched me grow. Berkeley is a tolerant city, that welcomes all people and is a great place to raise a family. If it wasn't for Berkeley, I would not be who I am today.