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I remembered my days in high school when I was
drinking 5 cups of coffee a day to keep myself
awake. I was studying the verbal section in the
SAT during the summer for 2 years in a row for
8 hours per day within every day of the week,
and I hated it. I spent 70 to 80 hours studying
per week during high school. I prayed to God
that I would get accepted to Stanford when I
was in high school. Instead, I got accepted to
Berkeley.

When I was in my high school senior year, I got
rejected from MIT, Caltech, and Stanford. It was
the biggest disappointment in my life. Despite
my disappointments, I was able and manage to get
accepted to Berkeley. My father was still very
disappointed in me even though I got accepted to
the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
My father graduated from Seoul National University
with a Bachelor's in Chemistry and Nuclear
Engineering and from Stanford with a Ph.D. in
Materials Science and Engineering. There were
only 5 Korean graduate students at Stanford
during the 1970's. Almost all of his Korean
friends, who graduated from Stanford, were able
to send their children to Harvard while the other
Korean parent sent their child to Stanford. My
father told me that I was the only Korean Stanford
alumni child, who did not get accepted to Harvard
or Stanford. He told me that I was really an
embarrassment to him and our family. I was so
incredibly sad.

So, I went to Berkeley. When I arrived at Berkeley,
there were many homeless people. The city of
Berkeley was in decay and was extremely dirty.
The campus at Berkeley pales in comparison to
Stanford or Caltech. I visited the campuses at
Stanford and Caltech, and I knew that both Stanford
and Caltech were the better schools. At that time,
I really wanted to cry, and I realized that I had
really failed. Almost everyone at Berkeley was a
reject from Stanford, MIT, Caltech, and Harvard.
90% of the students at Berkeley wished that they
got accepted to Caltech, Stanford, and MIT. Yes,
Berkeley is considered a reject school when almost
everyone at Berkeley wanted to go to an Ivy League
school in the US. I went to Berkeley during that
time when Berkeley literally lost every football
match against Stanford for 4 years in a row. This
is a huge embarrassment for the students at Berkeley
when everyone at Berkeley hated the people in
Stanford, located an hour away from our campus.

Whenever I read Matthew 10:8-11, I really thought
God gave me a "stone" instead of a "fish." My
school at Berkeley is considered as my stone while
Stanford is the fish.

"For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks
finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or
what man is there among you who, when his son asks
for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks
for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he?
If you then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts to your children, how much more will your
Father who is in heaven give what is good to those
who ask Him!" Matthew 10:8-11

After I graduated from Berkeley, Berkeley ranked 2nd
in the world overall in the Times Higher Education
Supplement while Berkeley again ranked 2nd in the
United States from the Washington Monthly. In the
US News and World Report, the engineering physics
department at Berkeley ranked second in the US. I
was an applied math and physics major at Berkeley.
In the US News and World Report, Cornell ranked 1st
in engineering physics. All of my idols like Stanford,
Caltech, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and MIT were
ranked below my school at Berkeley. Sometimes, we
may think that God gave us a stone for every prayer
answered with a "no." However, God never gave us a
"stone" when we pray. Later, my father apologized
to me when he realized that Berkeley is also a
"fish." This is very unusual for a Korean father to
say that he is sorry. Korean men usually do not
apologize to their children when there is an age
gap. I was actually thankful to God that I did not
get accepted to Stanford because Stanford's tuition
costs double what my family paid at Berkeley. This
was why we were able to save a lot of money when I
went to Berkeley. This was how my family bought
our new home in Irvine in October 20, 1995. Yes,
God gave my family a present at that day. It was my
5th anniversary when I had accepted Jesus as my
personal Lord and Savior.

10 years after I had graduated from Berkeley, Berkeley
changed a great deal. Our libraries and classrooms
were renovated on the Berkeley campus. There is new
park area next to the library where we can enjoy
sunshine in warm afternoon during the spring and
fall. There is the new Freedom of Speech caf� next
to Moffitt Library. Also, the Berkeley city is
becoming more like Palo Alto. I was so jealous of
my young alumni peers at Berkeley because the campus
at Berkeley is starting to get better than the
campuses at Stanford and Caltech! So, you can say
that God gave me a fish at half price!

In the eyes of the world, Berkeley is a fish even
though everyone at Berkeley thinks that our school
is a stone. However, there exists an ultimate fish.
That ultimate fish is Jesus. The fish of the world
is a stone without Jesus as our ultimate fish. Even
though you have graduated from Berkeley, MIT,
Stanford, Oxford, Seoul National University, KAIST,
Korea University, Yonsei University, or Ehwa
University, you have only a stone without your
Jesus. If you have Jesus as your personal Lord
and Savior, then the stone of the world is a fish
in the eyes of God.
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