“I grew up in a small town, where I was exposed to very few career opportunities,” says Jeanette Kennedy, who earned her M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business in 1994. “At university you realize there are thousands of possible careers. Berkeley has an incredible breadth of courses and opportunities, not only in the classroom but in research and extracurricular leadership.”
For Jeanette, her husband Kevin, J.D. ’91, and their son Connor ’22, the Berkeley experience is expansive, whatever you choose to study. They have been particularly impressed with the breadth of Connor’s training in computer science, which he is pursuing through the College of Letters and Science.
Working toward his bachelor of arts in computer science, rather than a bachelor of science in the same subject through the College of Engineering, Connor has the opportunity to explore computing in the context of other subjects as well as broaden his experience through a wide array of electives.
“We are grateful that Berkeley has built an expansive computer science program which accommodates the tremendous number of students who want to study CS as a major or as a part of other majors,” says Jeanette. “Berkeley’s creativity and commitment in figuring out how to teach well, and at scale, means thousands of students can benefit from studying in one of the world’s best computer science programs.”
Connor went to a small high school, but quickly found his niche at Berkeley. He enjoys living at Bowles Hall, which offers a full residential experience for four years as well as leadership and governance opportunities, and is an enthusiastic member of the UC Rally Committee.
Giving back as Cal parents
Though they may not wave actual flags, Connor’s parents are true blue. They are deeply dedicated to supporting education as a path to a fulfilling life, and they feel strongly that Berkeley exemplifies game-changing educational opportunity.
Remaining connected to Berkeley after receiving their degrees, they started bringing Connor to football games when he was six years old. In recent years, they’ve become even more involved, serving as Cal Parents Ambassadors and Cal Parents Board members and participating in a welcome event to connect with other parents.
“We’re huge proponents of public education, and we understand that the funding landscape has changed dramatically in the last thirty years. We want to bring forward the message to other parents to stay involved in supporting the quality of their student’s education and continue helping Berkeley be a world class institution,” says Jeanette. “By giving to the Cal Parents Fund, we’re supporting the Chancellor’s highest priority — Berkeley students. As Cal Parents, we’re the public in public education, and education is the best investment our country can make in its future.”
Gifts to the Cal Parents Fund support undergraduate programs with the greatest need or the greatest potential to enhance student life. Each year, the collective support of Cal Parents Fund donors provides flexible funding for all aspects of the undergraduate experience, and makes a great impact in students’ lives. You can make a difference by giving to the Cal Parents Fund today.