April 23, 2008 6:39 PM
some tips for incoming freshies :)
It's nearing the end of April, which means for me, it's almost time to sign up for classes via telebears -.- It's a pain in the butt for a lot of people, especially those who have no idea what to sign up for when that vital 24 hour period comes around- the one they call "phase 1." I remember people telling me "don't worry about what classes you take your first year. it doesn't really matter as long as you get your prerequisites them done eventually." And to those people, i say BOLOGNA!! Of course there's some breathe room to take some "just for fun" classes, but I recommend by all means to figure out some sort of plan to figure out when to take your prerequisites.
I'm an undeclared student, and for the last 2 telebears appointments I've had (fall 07 and spring 08), I've ripped out a lot of hair when the stressful time comes around to choose what classes to take. After a (almost) a full year here at berkeley, I highly recommend you to check out your college advising center.
Undeclared? Well, even if you are, maybe you even have a slight idea of what direction you want to head in (i.e. science, math, liberal arts, etc.). If you can narrow your field down to even "science," then that's enough information to figure out what classes might be good to include in your first semester at Cal. For most science-y (yes this includes premed hopefuls), chances are you're going to end up taking Chemistry 1a/ lab, Chem 3a/ lab, Bio 1b/ bio 1b lab, Physics (8 or 7 series) and Math (16 or 1 series). Once you get a good idea of what field want to pursue, go to your college's advising center. If you're reading this, you may be in CNR. CNR is an amazing resource, and the advisors are extremeley helpful. I just met up with mine this morning, who was friendly and willing to help out. She even volunteered to email me a list of internship/summer program openings that I might be interested. So go for it! that's the best way to get a hold on what kind of classes you want to take!
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