Just two of the many gleeful Berkeley professors

Just two of the many gleeful Berkeley professors

Do you ever get the feeling that your professors are incredibly excited to come to class every day? You know, that moment in a chem demo when a manly master of molecules lets out a girlish giggle after a methane explosion? Or in a philosophy discussion, as the instructor laughs maniacally watching the class struggle to prove the existence of the universe? Our professors seem so motivated. In fact, according to this Glassdoor poll of American professors in leading universities, Berkeley ranks within the top 10, with an average rating of 4.0 (very satisfied) of universities to work for. Wonder why? Don’t worry, we’ll tell you.

The campus

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The true masters of Berkeley

Ah, yes, the trees. The way they sway in the bay breeze. Our beautiful campus emanates contentment. In addition to the abundant natural wildlife of squirrels, squirrels and squirrels, the majestic architecture gives the professors a sense of accomplishment. They feel proud to work at a site of grandeur, and their satisfaction reflects it. It almost makes all the construction worth it.

A social conscience

Our researchers are at a university with both a big enough pocketbook to support world class scientific research and the careful attitude that makes sure we spend the money in a way that provides the most benefit to everyone. Berkeley is the best academically, but it also looks at environmental and social consequences of its actions. This makes professors feel like people living among people — not robots forced to produce results, no matter the cost. Like at Stanford.

The students

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Fiat lux, indeed

Imagine a school where professors are forced to educate giant turds. It is a sad picture, but for the professors at Stanford, that is what life entails. The professors at Berkeley are happy because their students are not giant turds but rather bright and enthusiastic young men and women who want to make the world a better place. For the most part, we Cal students do not go through the motions because we see it as a way to get a job —many of us are genuinely interested in our majors, and our enthusiasm shows it. No wonder our professors love us!

Image source: Global X, BinaryApe under Creative Commons and Kamin Kahrizi, The Daily Californian




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Maybe you haven’t noticed, but Berkeley’s been ranked a whole lot in the past few weeks. We’re ranked as the 8th most hipster college and the 22nd most stressful, and now, we can be known as the 33rd happiest college. (This would be the appropriate time to grab a party hat and a couple of those really obnoxious noise maker things and go to town!)

While we might not have topped our cross-bay arch-enemies (Stanford came in at numero seven) or, like, any of our fellow UCs, 33rd isn’t too shabby.

You might be wondering–as we most certainly did–what sort of criterion do you use to judge a school’s happiness? Well, according to the list, The Daily Beast goes off of such concrete statistics as the quality of campus food and housing, how much cash monies the typical student owes when they finally do graduate, nightlife, and the big kicker–number of sunny days.

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The 100 Happiest Colleges [The Daily Beast]