October 22, 2007 2:19 PM

I love sunny days at Cal!

Yes I do love when the sun shines, but especially when I'm at Cal...why? Because I can read outside on our beautiful campus. Yes with all of the stress of school it is so important to go outside and enjoy some fresh air. On the topic of stress here at this amazing school...where do I stand in my happiness here so far? Well the work load and reading is high, but that’s expected. However I do think it is manageable and worth it. Some of my friends who have been burning out it seems to be from only doing school work 24/7...seriously people it's OK to take a break and go for a quick walk up in Tilden (my favorite hiking area). Learning when to take a break before I feel overwhelmed has really helped me with my studies this semester.

Being so close to San Francisco is amazing too! If you love baked French goodies then it's worth a trip to go visit Tartine in the city. Back to school/study/my happiness...So yes I do spend a good portion of my time studying but I also go to the gym, bake cookies, go to concerts/bars, go to movies, and go hiking. The key with this is moderation and time management. I don't go out every night of the week, obviously, but I pick one night usually on the weekend to go to a show or grab a drink with a friend. Jupiter is a nice laid back bar with live jazz some nights for all of you 21+. By setting something up going into the week it gives me something to look forward to when I'm studying. Also taking mini breaks when I'm studying has helped tremendously. To me though all of the work and time I'm putting into school seems worth it to me. I have great professors and GSIs which make class more enjoyable. I've learned so much and made contacts with possible future employers/internships. To even be at Cal is something to be proud of. Overall in the end I'm very happy even with all of the work to be at Cal because I feel like I get so much out of it. So if you're down about midterms and school today look up because it is one beautiful sunny day here in Berkeley.

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