Student Clarissa Arceo: ‘Some doors close so others can open’

August 22, 2022

This Q&A is part of a series of new student profiles for our 2022 back-to-school coverage. Have someone you think we should write about? Contact

Berkeley News: What year are you and where are you from?

Clarissa Arceo: I transferred from Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. I grew up in Huntington Park, California.

What are you interested in studying?

I’m going to pursue a major in media studies with a concentration in global and cultural studies and, potentially, a minor in journalism.

What interests you about media studies and journalism?

The thrill of reporting. I did a few programs at Stanford and the University of Southern California, and they introduced me to journalism and photojournalism. In high school, I joined the school newspaper. After graduating from high school, I worked for local papers. I started my own photo blog. It’s small, but I’m very proud of it. I love writing about communities and events. I really enjoy writing profiles. My mom calls me “chismosa.”

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