September 25, 2006 1:18 PM

Busy Bee!!

Ok, so I've had my log in and password for a good 1-2 weeks now, and yet this is my first entry. The reason for that is Berkeley is no piece of cake. I've already slaved away two all nighters and forgot to eat breakfast for the past 2 weeks.

So let me back up a minute and introduce myself. My name is Rola and I am a freshmen at UC Berkeley. I am majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies.

Ok, so I've had my log in and password for a good 1-2 weeks now, and yet this is my first entry. The reason for that is Berkeley is no piece of cake. I've already slaved away two all nighters and forgot to eat breakfast for the past 2 weeks.

So let me back up a minute and introduce myself. My name is Rola and I am a freshmen at UC Berkeley. I am majoring in Nutritional Sciences and Middle Eastern Studies.

I am from Sacramento, CA. Graduated from Sacramento New Technology High School (yeah, I am a computer nerd...so what?) I was born in Damascus, Syria (a few oceans away :) ) and lived in Dubai, UAE for 9 years. I moved to the bay area summed of 1998 and spent the summer traveling. Then we moved to Sacramento and I started my journey through 5th grade, middle school, and three years of high school (early graduate). I am the oldest child, between my younger sister and I there is 9 years, he name is Nora (they all say we act the same, I don't think we do at all. She's a brat ;)) Sarah, they shy one of the bunch is 11. I am very VERY close to my family because of my Middle Eastern culture and because I was raised that Way\y. So, being the first to leave home was difficult for everyone. My mom is extremely young so we have been best friends, leaving her has got to be the hardest. Although I am only an hour and thirty minutes away from home, I still feel like I am at the other side of the world. Nonetheless, it hasn't been too bad considering the fact that my mother calls me twice a day and expects me to call her 2 more times and for the past 5 weekends I've either traveled to Sacramento or my family has come to Berkeley. lol, so I guess I really haven't been able to miss them that much.

Senior year of high school was the most ridiculous time of my life. I was juggling between 10 classes, two of which were community college classes, being ASB President, Student Advisory Council President, California Association of Student Councils President, Yearbook Chief Editor, National Honor Society chair, and maintaining my valedictorian status. Not to mention of course, college applications and the stress that came from it (I chose Cal over Stanford...best decision of my life..woot woot!!!). I never thought that I would go through the same amount of stress ever again. Until of course, I started my first semester at Cal.

I am taking 17 units including math, chem 1A, Near Eastern Studies 10, Peace and Conflict 125c and a decal. All my class are very tough and none of them are pass/fail classes. I have an average of 40 pages to read daily, math HW, chem HW, and journal entries for NES. Of course, exempting studying for quizzes. I had a chem midterm last t\Tuesday (which I studied day and night for) and I had my math midterm this morning. IT IS NOT EVEN THE MIDDLE OF THE TERM...WHY ARE WE HAVING MIDTERMS? Beats me!!!!!!! Both midterms went pretty well, except I hired a Chem tutor because I realized that my chem class in HS was a joke and I needed to understand the chem concepts better considering I will be pre-med. The tutoring sessions are going very well because my tutor is a freaking GENIUS!! I am pretty behind on my PAC reading but I am thankfully caught up in math, NES, and I am finish the reading tonight for chem.

Nonetheless, I have been social. I live in Clark Kerr (building 4) and I have met a ton of people. I also went through the rush process (which was very tough, you can ask me about it later if you are interested in sororities!) and I am now part of Alpha Phi. I am also a member of the Arab Student Union and Rally Committee. I already went to my first invite for my sorority (which was a ton of fun) and I can't wait for homecoming. I have been to all three home football games and they are all AMAZING...We totally rock!!

So all in all, CAL ROCKS...but it's also very very tough. So I learned that I just need to balance my time. For instance, Saturday would be my day to play and relax and Sunday is my dad to finish all my readings and prepare for all my classes on Monday. In the end, I can now honestly say..that in Berkeley you get what you work for.

GO BEARS!!!!

PS. It is currently the month of Ramadan, so I am fasting from sunrise to sunset every day for the next month. :)


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Nice to here you lived in Dubai for 9 years. http://www.guide2dubai.com


Posted by Mahendra | 2007-05-31

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