February 22, 2009 4:08 PM

Essentials for Berkeley

I have a younger sister who might be coming to Cal next year. We won't know until the week of spring break, but we're all keeping our fingers crossed! Anyways, in the middle of my studying for Bio 1A (midterm this Wednesday!), I started daydreaming, again. I usually daydream about stuff my sister and I can do when she gets here, stuff I have to do, where we're going to live...so I guess my daydreams are kind of useful?

So, here's a list of things that I think every Cal student needs to survive...literally:

1) umbrella (looks like rain for another 10 days straight...)
2) rain boots
-I don't have rain boots, but I really need them! My right shoe has this hole in it that lets all the water in. I actually ventured out into the rain today in search of rain boots, but I couldn't find a pair in my size. I went to Walgreens (didn't have any), Bancroft Clothing ($40 for boots a size too big? no, thanks), and Wet Seal (none). I'm considering ordering some on Amazon, but I think you really have to try shoes on before you buy them.
3) Brita filter
-Unless you want to spend a load of money on bottled water.

4) shower hooks
-I'm not really sure if that's what they're called, but they're those things that you can hook over a door and hang your towel on. They're super useful for dorm bathrooms.
5) Instant Coffee
-Barely able to get up for your 8 am lecture all the way in Pimentel? No problem. Just heat up some water and add some instant coffee. Of course, you can always spend a dollar or two at some cafe, but you're going to waste a whole lot of money that way. At a dollar a cup, 5 days a week, you're going to spend $20 on coffee alone. In one semester, about 4.5 months, it's going to add up to $90! Aren't textbooks expensive enough? So unless you really enjoy and appreciate the taste of freshly brewed Hawaiian Blend (I usually just gulp down my coffee to wake up and stay warm), you mind as well spend five bucks on a tub of instant that's going to last you the entire year.

Anyways, I should get back to studying. Midterm season, again!! Good luck, everyone!

Victoria Eng | Permalink | Comment on this article | Comments (1)

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Thank you! What you posted is very interesting! It seems obvious that you are enjoying Berkeley - even given the frustrations that come with such a competitive environment! Do you plan to go into medicine once you graduate? Is CNR a college that suits someone wanting to pursue medicine for a career? Or is the emphasis more in plant biology and the environment?

Posted by Shannon | 2009-04-22

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