Joan has a lot of in-between fans, like me, who come here to rant about how much her content has been deteriorating recently. Joan has so much potential and she isn't realizing it! For example, people like Rilacoco have a very polarized audience base. You either hate her or love her, there's no in-between. Hence, the "haters" just write a couple of criticizing comments about Coco in the thread and then forget about her existence. For Joan, I used to love her videos but recently her content has been extremely mediocre. Some of her videos are fun and entertaining, some are utterly hopeless and offer zero substance. I still keep up with her content in hopes of seeing old-Joan return, hence why I tend to comment a lot here more than in other threads.
It's "hard" to get into in the sense that you have to be in the top like at least 10 percent (or maybe lower? I don't remember the number) of your high school to be competitive for it if you are a California resident. Not sure about out of state students. Basically have a high/near-perfect SAT and straight As, like all other California asians lmao, and you have a decent chance of getting in to UC Berkeley. My guess is that Joan was a good student and did well in school. I personally think that Joan used to be well-spoken and had a relatively soothing + cohesive voice that made her videos nice to watch. She also did a great job during her Joan 365 days and produced good vlogs! However, I think her failing Youtube career and C-list celeb friends started being a bad influence on her and made her into the not very intelligent Joan we know today.
disagree with the high school experience thing - if you did some legitimate research in high school (published and presented at real conferences) or won a big award (olympics, international science fairs, top ten teens to change the world in time magazine etc) then you should definitely keep high school work experiences in your resume.