My undergraduate college years actually began when I was a senior in high school taking classes at UCLA part-time. Over the next five years, I took classes at three separate UC campuses, but I really spent my college years at UC Berkeley (where I never once attended a football game).

University of California at Berkeley
Political Science
B.A., December 1985

Including a short break in 1983-84, I spent 4 1/2 years as a student at Berkeley. I graduated with a B.A. in Political Science, emphasizing international relations. If I had been willing to stay another semester, I could have graduated with a second B.A. in History, but I just couldn't stand the thought of staying in school a minute longer.

University of California at Santa Cruz
Summer 1984

Before returning to UC Berkeley in 1984, I wanted to ease back into school and take something completely unrelated to anything I'd ever done before. The answer was a computer programming class at UCSC. I learned the basics of Pascal and mastered the vi text editor, only to forget everything I learned almost immediately after the class ended.

University of California at Los Angeles

While a senior in high school, I was able to take classes part-time at UCLA because my grades had been good in 9th and 10th grades. Good thing they didn't look at my grades from 11th grade. At UCLA I took only hard classes like Science Fiction as Literature.