October 20, 2007 11:20 AM

Midterms and Tele-BEARS

Did you ever notice that Tele-BEARS begins right in the middle of midterms? After you finish your next midterm, you may to want start planning for next semester’s classes – if you haven’t already.

I remember my first year of college when I picked out classes based upon when they were scheduled, so I could wake up at 11am. For my second semester, it seemed half of my classes were already picked for me.. and by my sophomore year, all my classes were determined by (1st) the curriculum and (2nd) the professor teaching. It’s my personal opinion that quality of the professor teaching is the most important criteria next to the topics covered in the class – that is, if you have an option to choose. You will be spending a whole semester with them so you better enjoy the lectures!

So far, it’s a miracle that I haven’t had to postpone classes due to scheduling conflicts. On the downside, however, this can make for some odd schedules. This semester, for example, I have class from 9:30am to 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays with only one break from 3 to 3:30pm. I figured this couldn’t possibly happen again, and decided to go for it. I wasn’t sure if I could handle it, but I’m already halfway there and still enjoying my classes.

Guess what? Next spring, I’ll have class from 9:30-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays again! Sadly, this time I have no break, except for the 10 minute of ‘Berkeley-time’ as I rush from class to class. That’s alright. Next semester will be full of energy, literally. Alex Farrell’s Electric Power Systems will cover all of the physics behind all of the electricity economics I’ve been learning. Plus, I’ll be able to take two classes with Professor Norgaard, Ecological Economics (EEP180 & ERG180) and Energy Economics (ERG280), which I’ve been waiting to take since he’s been left on sabbatical last year to write his next book. Also up, I get to learn the core of EEP in David Zilberman’s Environmental Economics (EEP101) and the core of S&E: Society and Environment (ESPM151). It will be a tough semester, but these courses will bring together this education I’ve been working on for three and half years.

With that, I wish you the best of luck scheduling your classes. If you have any questions, swing by the PAL desk in front of Mulford 260 and ask a PAL for some tips.

Tay Feder | Permalink | Comment on this article | Comments (2)

Comments (2)

Was it hard to choose what major you wanted to focus on?? Because i have no idea what i want to do and im scared ima be taking unneccesary classes and waste most of my time.

Posted by Gabriela Chavez | 2007-10-23

Yes, that's the hardest part. Basically, you can't go wrong with Math and English. They provide the essential quantitative and qualitative frameworks that are used to create particular methodologies for all disciplines (except maybe humanities such as art and music, which doesn’t rely on them so heavily). It’s hard to go wrong with those tough basic classes. The upper division intro classes (100, 101, 102, etc.) are more intended to teach you a strong ground in the discipline’s methodology than exposing to the interesting applications. At the same time, these tend to be pre-requisites to the more interesting applied classes. Go sit in on a applied class that seems interesting, or take a look at the readings required for the classes you’ll be taking your Jr/Sr years. That’s what you’ll be reading, so you better enjoy it or enjoy the applications of it down the road :)

Posted by Tay F | 2007-11-01

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