31 May 2009

Apartment Freedom!

So a couple of weeks ago I was pretty sad about leaving the dorms, but then the realization of having my own apartment set in. YESSS!!! While the apartment has rules I feel like I have more freedom to do what I want in the apartment. I still live near campus so I will still enjoy having the opportunity to wake up at 8am and still make it to class…oh wait my earliest classes next semester are at 9:30 on Tuesday and Thursday. A much needed improvement from last semester where I had class 3 times a week at 8am and 2 days when class started at 9am. When I move into my apartment in a month or so for summer school my first order of business of having my own place is probably get a hamster…yes, for me, this is thinking big.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 5:56 | Permalink

29 May 2009

Class frustrations with minors!

So as I have previously stated I am now declared Molecular Environmental Biology, but I have always thought about getting a minor. After taking NST 11 (Intro to Toxicology) and finding it really interesting, in general, I am thinking of minoring in Motox. The minor requires the following classes. - NST 110 - NST C112 - NST C114 - NST 120 - NST 121

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:34 | Permalink

28 May 2009

work hard play hard

recap of my relaxing break so far: Thursday: deeelicious last dinner at berkeley :), then headed back to the cupertinoland for a night Friday: reunited with long lost friend and saw mr. morris! then drove down to socal with the jaegerbomb family. had a lovely dinner with long lost UCLA friends carolyn jeff, saw mindy and harold for a bit and had a BOMB-DIGGITYY diddy riesses (im sure i spelled that wrong) ice cream sandwich. Saturday: caught up with former competitor from CHS :). Turns out this day was Central Coast Section trials back in the bay, and two years ago we were racing eachother a good 8 freakin laps around good ol SJCC track. After that, got some UCLA food to energize me for the day, then visited getty museum. (sidenote, it turns out anything can be modern art these days? like a picture of a glove?) and left for san diego that night to good old friend's place :) Sunday: finally got to splash in some water! Before beach trip, bro and I went grocery shopping and bought hellza sandwich materials for massive beach picnic. Went to Mission Bay, a site which was 15 minutes away. we arrived 1 hour and 15 minutes after leave time. why? PARKING. Every spot was taken, every crack was filled like the worst wedgie you've ever gotten. Ended up parking a mile down from where we expected to rent surfboards. Nevertheless, food was good, beach was fun, and SURFING was awesome despite the fact that the actual practice of surfing was one that escaped me. I'm sure I looked plenty legit with my brand new hundred dollar wetsuit I bought for Triathlon until I hit water. I hope no one was watching. Too bad coast guard had to help me out once I drifted too far. After surfing, showerrred and went to make brownies and ice cream! met up with good friend and had long overdue catchup time before sleep.

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 7:51 | Permalink

28 May 2009

Grades and O-chem

So I checked bearfacts and all my grades have been posted. Looking at my grades I think my GPA will increase by like .000001 so not by much. No surprise that my lowest grade these past two semesters is a “B” in Chem 3A grrr. I’m actually sad that I will be leaving frechet and going to Vollhardt, but all good things must end. After taking o-chem one thing I learned is that this class is much more problem oriented unlike Chem 1A, which was much more conceptual. For the second midterm I read the book and understood a lot of the concepts, but kind of flaked on the problems…big mistake!! I did pretty badly on the second midterm because I was not familiar with doing a wide variety of problems and circumstances. I made the mistake of not studying correctly.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 0:19 | Permalink

27 May 2009

Molecular Environmental Biology

So I just checked bearfacts and I am now officially declared MEB yaya!!! It feels so nice having something to strive for instead of being confused all the time of what I want to take in terms of classes. So excited =)

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:03 | Permalink

27 May 2009

Motivation for Summer

As I've mentioned before, this summer I'm basically taking an MCAT review course and studying for the MCAT. The review course doesn't start until June 15th, so I'm trying to do some review by myself. I left most of my study materials at Berkeley because my luggage was already too heavy. I'm going back up to Berkeley on June 5th to get the rest of it while my sister attends her CalSO. I actually weighed my ochem study materials...30 pounds! I just started reviewing today. I was supposed to start yesterday, but I got lazy. I bow down to those who are taking summer school. I really admire how they can still plow on with courses after the semester just ended. I've only skimmed a couple of chapters from Chem 1A and I fell asleep. I feel like the information's pretty easy, but at the same time, I'm afraid that I'm overconfident and I really don't want to find out that I'm incompetent on the actual MCAT.

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Posted by Victoria Eng at 6:57 | Permalink

27 May 2009

Cleared!

My physics grade came in on bearfacts. I'm cleared to matriculate to med school! whoh!!! I had finished all my prereqs except for 2nd semester of physics and genetics when I applied. You don't actually need to have all your prereqs done before you apply, but you do need them done to matriculate. Along those lines, I got my hepatitis B titer results--well over 200. yay. I'll be heading to Japan tomorrow, then Taiwan next week to complete an internship. It's my last real summer vacation ><. Yikes. You bet I'm treasuring it.

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Posted by K. Lee at 6:14 | Permalink

27 May 2009

CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2009 !

As much as I don't like going to commencements to say goodbye to my senior friends, I have to recognize their hard work and patience going through all those all-nighters, 20 page or more papers, and all sorts of school work. I eventually had to say, "Congratulations!! You made it!! YAYY! " Graduation gives me these mixed emotions.

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Posted by John Cortez at 8:47 | Permalink

27 May 2009

Vacation, Or NOT!

Or is it? During the past few days my friends and relatives have been asking when my vacation is. I always say something along this line, "no such thing, I'm doing summer school the entire 'break' ". I usually get responses like, "That sucks!". But is it really a bad thing to do summer classes? Not necessarily. From my experience with breaks (winter break, spring break, summer vacation), I have an especially hard time bouncing back to studying when school starts again. I have to be very cautious with long vacations because once I start feeling lazy, I just don't want to do anything. It carries over during school and I end up not doing homework. Homework piles up. I then start feeling stressed and hopeless that I have too much to do. It traps me in this cycle, "there's too much to do, I can't catch up, it's hopeless I do not want to bother". Repeat. It's a terrible feeling! This is why I make sure I have busy breaks to keep the good pace. Two days or three of not having to worry about school work is good enough for me; anything longer gives me a tendency to feel lazy. I also realized that thinking what to do for the day somewhat adds to stress. Summer school gives me a goal to work on. So does summer school sucks? Nope. At least not in my terms.

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Posted by John Cortez at 8:19 | Permalink

24 May 2009

My Letter

Dear UC Berkeley, It's a bit sad that our time together has come to an end. I passed by RSF today, but things felt different. There would no longer be a "next semester" (at least for undergrad)...I'm not entirely sure when I'm officially "done" being a student (i.e. when the semester is over), but I wanted to thank you for the good times. I still remember the first time I set foot on campus as a student. I had an early Geography class and can still feel the excitement. You've helped me grow and expand my mind but, more importantly, you've helped me find ways to be a better person. You didn't just tell me how to do it, you gave me tools to find my own way. You were hard but, thinking back on it, fair. You challenged me and made it possible for me to realize more of my potential. Every time I'll walk through campus, I'll always feel a special connection. Thank you for the memories and for the opportunity. Go BEARS! Sincerely, Juan S.

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Posted by Juan at 6:27 | Permalink

23 May 2009

Fall 2009

So my Phase 1 has passed and Phase II should come up in a couple of months meaning that I have to start preparing for Fall 2009 and so far my plan is: Chem 3B – So I heard that this is a killer class that challenges those who completed 3A and frankly I am kind of freaked that the guy who wrote the book is teaching the class. I was really considering taking Pederson in the spring, but his class tends to be at 8am and apparently he refuses to post up his notes. Event though I heard Pederson is a better teacher there is no way I can function that early in morning and I can’t really learn if I am sleeping.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 3:39 | Permalink

23 May 2009

End of Freshman Year

So as of Thursday morning at 9:30 am the fact that I was done with my first year at Cal seemed to come to me in small bursts of enjoyment. The real reason I was happy was that it would be a while until I would have to use my mental capacity to study and do other stressful activities. The joy that I felt, however, was stained with the deep sadness that I felt knowing that in a couple of hours I would have to say goodbye to my dorm for the last time. Studying for my last final was really difficult because my Toxicology final was on Thursday, which is the last day of finals, so a great majority of my friends have already been finished with finals a long while before I had finished. While studying many floor mates began to leave and pack which really distracted me, as I would find myself even starting to pack while studying.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:50 | Permalink

23 May 2009

Toxicology Graduation

View image We graduated!!! The tox major was first separated out from the NutriSci umbrella in 2005, when my class entered. And now we're done! Yay! Hip hip horray! Ultra coolness, no?

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Posted by K. Lee at 0:15 | Permalink

22 May 2009

Home, Once Again

As the title implies, I'm home in SoCal! I wish I could say it's nice and sunny right now, but it isn't. Hopefully, the sun will come out soon. I'm pretty sure most of us are sleeping in right now since finals are over. I'm not really sure why, but I keep waking up at 6 am and I can't fall asleep, again. None of my friends get up this early, so it's pretty boring sitting here. Anyways, I'm going to go back up to Berkeley with my sister for her CalSO. As I mentioned before, she's a business major, intended Haas. I'm not really clear on the requirements to get into Haas, so I can't really help her plan out her first semester at Cal. For freshman science majors out there, here are some courses I would suggest for your first semester: Chemistry 1A - I think every freshman takes this class first, probably because it's a prereq for everything else. Math 16A/1A, depending on how much you love math. The Math 16 series satisfies most of the CNR requirements. MCB majors over in L& S have to take the Math 1 series. Breadth requirement

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Posted by Victoria Eng at 9:21 | Permalink

22 May 2009

freedome has never tasted so good!

Dear world, Freedom is delicious. As of 3:30 pm on March 19th 2009, I have been liberated from what seems to have been eons of stress! I will remember that afternoon well, and how amaaaaaaaaaaazingly relieved I was to breathe lightly. 3:30 PM was the time on the clock when my organic chemistry final had finished. It was lighted up on a digital clock hoisted near the ceiling of the Haas pavilion, where an army of Dr. Pedersen's chemistry 3B had congregated for the last and final showdown. There are really no words that can explain how great it feels to be done with that class. Not to say that the class was not interesting nor enjoyable, because Dr. Petersen was really a great professor and the material was actually engaging. But this class will forever represent a trialing time period in my life.

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 5:08 | Permalink

20 May 2009

My To-Do List

I thought I would share my list of random things I wanted to do before I graduate (aka before this week) in Berkeley. Maybe you'll get around to them before I will -brunch at the thai temple -picnic at blake gardens (open to the public weekdays!) -breakfast at la note -go to the graduate bar (rumor has it free popcorn...oh ya germs and all!) -hike up to the big C -eat at Kirala Sushi -get dressed up fancy and order all desserts at chez panisse cafe -go to a show at Ashkenaz

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Posted by Marissa Ponder at 1:36 | Permalink

19 May 2009

My ratings of classes I took in Spring 2009

Environmental Science 10 – The beginning half of the course in my opinion is rather dry since we learn about soil and chemical cycles, however the last half gets really interesting and begins to picl up with many guest lecturers and learning about global issues with the environment. The discussion for this class has been one of the most engaging I have had yet at Berkeley. I think many people come into the class expecting it will be an easy “A”, which it is not! Overall I am glad I took this class and am kind of sad it will be over, yet I won’t miss those 9am lectures errr.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 3:05 | Permalink

19 May 2009

Anecdotes about my time during finals!!!

So I have already passed the storm of finals that, for the past couple of days, has caused me to do nothing but study in my room. While I do still have Toxicology on Thursday morning I have already completed my more challenging finals. It seems that for me around midterm season and especially during finals I have a powerful craving for coffee with me having around 1-2 cups of it on a daily basis just to keep me awake past 4 am and for the taste that I have grown fond of over my time here at Berkeley.

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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:22 | Permalink

17 May 2009

Baby Squirrel... UCLA style

Take a look at this video. UCLA baby squirrel. It's a big squirrel teaching a baby squirrel how to get over a wall and some nice people help out. I just wonder though... how will the squirrel get back over the wall from the other direction? O.o More than that though... how in the world did this guy have this much time on his hands??!!! Isn't it supposed to be midterm season down there? Anyways. Go watch. =)

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Posted by K. Lee at 2:44 | Permalink

15 May 2009

Just a few days until graduation

I only have one more final left, just physics. i saved it for last. =) After I got accepted into med school, I had to take physics 8b for med school prereqs before matriculation. You don't have to take the pre-reqs before you apply, just before you matriculate. Thus, I decided to delay taking physics until I had gotten in because physics is definitely not my forte.

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Posted by K. Lee at 1:00 | Permalink

14 May 2009

The Final Stretch

Pun! Anyways, summer's almost here! I'm pretty sure we can almost taste the freedom. I have a few friends who go to the other UC schools and they're already looking forward to summer, but they don't end until mid June. I just took my Bio 1A final this morning and got my Bio 1AL Exam 2 back...that was utterly depressing. I'm sort of just praying that some miracle will happen and make the curve extremely generous. I still have my Physics 8A final on Monday night...and then I'm free!!!

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Posted by Victoria Eng at 1:18 | Permalink

14 May 2009

Finals!!

Finals ! The most hectic time of the semester! Walking around looking for places to study, but all rooms and seats are taken. Can’t study at home because it feels too relaxing. Running away from the internet, but AirBears is everywhere. Getting a study group together, but ends up talking about what to do during summer, classes for next semester, and how Telebears messed some up. Finally finding a chair and table to study, but neighbors are noisy and someone beside you has a laptop and can’t help but glance over at the screen. For some of us it’s not that our finals are hard, but we just can’t seem to find that perfect spot to study!! All I can say is, know what suits you best and good luck finding that spot! And lastly, it also helps to think about learning instead of grades. GOOD LUCK ON FINALS AND PAPERS!!

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Posted by John Cortez at 0:43 | Permalink

13 May 2009

FINALSS

And so the countdown begins. Here's what the ideal day should looks like for me! 7-9 Chemistry Problem Set 9-9:30 Breakfast 9:30-12 Read chapter on waves and oscillations (Physics) 12:00-12:30 eat lunch with long lost friend 12:30-3:00 Finish chemistry problem set 3:00-4:30 Mastering Physics 4:30-6:00 more chemistry 6:30 dinner with roomies 7:00 go for a run/swim 9-11 finish up for chem/physics!! How incredibly sad is is that my ideal day alternates between studying and eating! Well the good news is that this should only last a few more days before freedom is come :) I suggest yall make a study plan like this that will motivate you to get those brains into shape in time for finals. Good luck yall!

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 1:21 | Permalink

12 May 2009

freedom!!

yesterday marked the last day instruction for my sophomore year. Wow. Freedom feels good. For the next week until my finals, I have TONS Of cramming to do. Same for you? Try these tips out to help attain your studying goals :) 1. Find a quiet place to study. Whether it be a cafe, main stacks, or your own apartment, its good to set a specific study-friendly environment to get your studying done 2. Study in 45 minute increments. My MCB32 GSI told me last semester that 45 minute study, 15 minute beaks are very effective :) 3. make lists to organize your studying plan (like "do two problem sets of chemistry today, read three chapters of physics tonight)

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 8:32 | Permalink

10 May 2009

Germy germy gym

My roomate sent me this article on the "germiest places at the gym" Think about this the next time YOU go to the RSF! Be wary of the publicly shared gym equipment, especailly those yoga mats! and make sure to wash your hands The 4 Germiest Places at the Gym http://www.learn-spanish.com/images/gym.jpg There's no sense panicking about germs--they're everywhere. But, it is good to know where germs are more likely to congregate, isn't it? Here's what you need to know about the germiest places at the gym.... **** Today Kim over at Little Miss Fortune is blogging about the value of gym memberships and whether it's cool to pay a small fortune for one. Do you work out at a gym? They frequently make "germiest places in America" lists, and it's easy to see why: pack a bunch of sweaty, sparsely clothed bodies into tight spaces and you'll get germs--lots of them. But there are places that germs are more likely to congregate, say experts. Here are the germiest zones: *Public yoga mats. Beware of communal yoga mats, say experts. According to Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., the co-director of the Simmons College Center for Hygiene and Health in Home and Community Settings, who I spoke to for this Vitamin G post, a yoga mat--like a pillow--is a personal item we probably shouldn't share. "I have some data that indicates that skin bacteria, including Staph aureus and the resistant strain, MRSA, can be found on yoga mats," she says. "Our studies indicate that these mats are seldom, if ever, cleaned. These bacteria can cause serious skin infections if they gain access via any small breaks in the skin. My advice is to bring your own mat, or at least a large towel to put between you and the mat." 5 Frightening Truths About the Germs Under Your Fingernails (and His!) *Dumbbells. According to this article from ABC News, equipment that is used by multiple people in quick sequences, like dumbbells, harbor the most germs. Go ahead and use them, of course, but remember to wash your hands afterward. *Exercise bike seats. It's no wonder why they're germy--people sit there and sweat! Yeah, it might be a good idea to sanitize that bad boy before spinning class. The 10 Germiest Jobs in America: Is Yours on the List? *Locker room showers and floors. No surprise here. Experts who tested gym shower floors found shocking amounts of germs in gym bathrooms: "Unfortunately, germs do survive in the shower, on walls, and on the floor," said Dr. Philip Tierno, a microbiologist. "I found it in hordes--unbelievable quantities. We use the word 'innumerable.' Innumerable." OK, so not every "germ" that congregates on any of these places is going to make you sick--in fact, most won't. But, experts note that if germs tend to flock to a certain place, it increases the chance that harmful pathogens can to. Speaking of all of this, I asked you a while back about whether you wipe down the fitness equipment after each use, and many said yes. But here's the funny thing: Most said they don't wipe them down before use. I was really surprised by this--the fact that you're protecting others from germs, but not yourself. Hmm. Do you worry about germs at the gym?

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 7:06 | Permalink

09 May 2009

Summer plans

I really wish I could say this is finalized but that would be a straight lie. So for now here is what I have on the table for summer. TA in Human Ecology class at Ohlone College in Fremont (M-Th 2pm-4pm) Work on solar panel monitoring at the Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology (time??) What I would like to do depending on my availability: 1. Take a couple classes: ASL, French, Statistics 2. Work full time-->need to make some money... :( 3. Go on some trips: river rafting hike more mountains Mendocino Yosemite Nat'l park 4. Watch Wicked 5. Catch up on reading all my books! I really hate not having things solidified...but good luck to the rest of you and I hope you enjoy your summer to it's fullest :)

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Posted by Maria at 4:34 | Permalink

09 May 2009

Dirt!

Dirt! The Movie will be playing on Monday, May 11 @ 6:30pm in the Pacific Film Archive Theater. Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt, the Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, directors Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow employ a colorful combination of animation, vignettes, and personal accounts from farmers, physicists, church leaders, children, wine critics, anthropologists, and activists to learn about dirt—where it comes from, how we regard (or disregard) it, how it sustains us, the way it has become endangered, and what we can do about it. Possessing both a cosmic perspective that reaches into the vastness of time and space, and the kind of warm, earnest energy that inspires small revolutions inside human hearts, Dirt! The Movie offers an important and timely look at the vital relationship between those of us on Earth and something that is easy to take for granted—the soil upon which we tread. Benenson and Rosow find answers everywhere: in tiny villages that dare to rise up to battle giant corporations to trendy organic farms; from prison horticultural programs to scientists who discover connections with soil that can offset the damage from global warming. Gene Rosow has directed more than 20 documentaries for theatrical and television release, including San Francisco Good Times, Routes of Exile: A Moroccan Jewish Odyssey, Doctora, Routes of Rhythm with Harry Belafonte, and Knights. His feature-film producing credits include the family film Zeus and Roxanne for MGM, along with Silent Tongue and Britney, Baby—One More Time, which both premiered at Sundance. For more info: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/enviro.html?event_ID=18419&date=2009-05-11&filter=Secondary%20Event%20Type&filtersel=

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Posted by Maria at 4:29 | Permalink

09 May 2009

Human Subject Protocol

I'd just like to give fair warning to those of you who may potentially make the same horrible mistake as me. In case you plan on doing research that involves other human beings, you must apply for Human Subject Protocol. It essentially is an approval of your research in the interest of participant privacy and safety. You can get more info at the following website but you must do this before starting your research. I made the fatal mistake of not figuring this vital step out until after. http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/health_services/harc/hsc.shtml#Human subjects protocols at LBNL

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Posted by Maria at 3:26 | Permalink

07 May 2009

procrastination

okay well its that time of the year again... finals are steadily but slowly approaching. i dont know what it means for you guys out there, but i'm going to have to admit one thing about myself- for me, finals means stress means procrastination. If i've learned one thing about myself this semester, it's that I've developed into quite the procrastinator. I don't know whether or not it's becuase my hectic schedule stresses me out, but i've realized my immediate reaction when i acknoweldge a pile of work to do is to put it off as long as i can. so not a good habit.

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 0:50 | Permalink

06 May 2009

Study Tips

My neighbor tends to play on his trumpet and sing badly all day long...quite distracting and annoying when you're trying to study. So here are some methods that I use to help me focus: 1) Play classical music Music is supposed to stimulate the mind, but I find that music with lyrics (no pun intended) can get stuck in my mind, which can get pretty frustrating. 2) Get ear plugs They work pretty well, but don't wear them for too long. They make you feel kind of funny, like you've been trapped inside your own head...or maybe that's just me. 3) Re-energize with food! Just something that will give you an energy boost, like a few slices of toast with a glass of milk. Junk food will make you feel lethargic and you'll probably end up watching tv, instead of studying.

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Posted by Victoria Eng at 8:22 | Permalink

04 May 2009

Why I'm double majoring

Environmental Economics and Policy Political Science When I applied for EEP, I was looking more towards the policy part than economics. I enjoyed U.S. history in high school because this country is a whole new place to me and I want to understand its government. I just want to learn about different governments, how it functions and affects a society. There are so many questions and twists that make Political Science interesting. Sometimes I wonder, “What is my primary major?” Am I taking Poli Sci so I would understand politics better and thus create policies that would go through our complex system? Or am I taking EEP to learn about environmental issues and use it as support for political theories? Either ways, I think both majors go hand in hand. Besides personal interest, I also realized that doing a single major would not be enough to meet the 120-unit requirement to graduate. I put myself in a very good position by already deciding to double major after my freshman year. I was able to minimize the amount of classes I need to take and even have a semester to study abroad. Starting next semester I also only need to take 13 units until I graduate (thanks to summer classes, my classes are more spread out through my 4 years). Here’s the breakdown of my classes and units. I’ve taken a few 1 or 2 unit fun classes that I didn't list down.

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Posted by John Cortez at 2:11 | Permalink

03 May 2009

swine flu?!

since it's all everyone is talking about these days... http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/02/health/main4986753.shtml?source=mostpop_story (CBS/AP) Mexico's health secretary says the number of confirmed swine flu cases has risen to 473, including 19 people who died. The previous confirmed death toll was 16. Jose Angel Cordova is urging citizens not to let their guard down against a virus that has killed 17 people and is spreading across Asia and Europe. Experts warned the virus could mutate and come back with a vengeance. Cordova spoke at a news conference Saturday. Cases outside Mexico suggest the new swine flu strain is weaker than feared. But governments moved quickly anyway to ban flights and prepare quarantine plans. The swine flu caseload continued to grow elsewhere as well. Pigs at a farm in Alberta, Canada caught the same swine flu strain that has sickened hundreds of humans around the world, Canadian officials said. A farmhand who traveled to Mexico and fell ill upon his return apparently infected the pigs with the H1N1 influenza virus, said Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer. "So far, basically what we're seeing in the pig is the same strain as we see in the humans," Butler-Jones said. "The concern is that if it's circulating in a pig herd, that any other humans that come onto the farm might be exposed and be at risk." This is the first time this swine flu virus has been found in pigs. The farm worker returned to Canada from Mexico on April 12 and had contact with the pigs two days later. About 220 pigs in the herd of 2,200 began showing signs of the flu on April 24, said the country's top veterinary officer, Dr. Brian Evans of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. All of the pigs are recovering or have recovered and the farm worker has also recovered. One other farm worker subsequently fell ill. It's not yet known if that person caught the swine flu.

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Posted by Angela Hsu at 3:34 | Permalink

03 May 2009

Almost There!

Only 6 more days of school...and a few more days for finals. My panic hasn't really set in, yet. I have 2 finals and a paper due this coming Thursday and 2 more finals after that. I really should be panicking by now, especially over physics. I'm not particularly fond of physics and I really do not want to restudy everything for the final. Why must finals be cumulative? I just spent this past weekend in a cocoon of blankets on my bed, with my laptop as my source of warmth. My heater has like a one foot radius of warmth, so it's pretty much useless to turn it on. It's actually a pretty comfortable way to study, except I can't really sit up straight in my bunk bed.

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Posted by Victoria Eng at 1:30 | Permalink

03 May 2009

Summer Plans

About time I finally finalized my summer plans and accepted my summer financial aid! I signed up for Poli Sci 169a for Session A (first six weeks) and Psychology 162 for Session D (second six weeks, philosophy breadth requirement). Until yesterday I was waiting for a seat for Poli Sci 139 (Session D), but I decided to drop it. After I reviewed my academic plans, I found out I can still graduate on time without taking Poli Sci 139 this summer. I might as well take a fun class and practice Japanese before Fall 09—last year I underestimated Japanese and didn't bother studying beforehand… a terrible mistake! >_< This summer, I will also work less at the library. I want more time to study and hang out with friends; unlike last summer where I just went to work, class, work, and then home. I will also go, for the first time, to the East Coast to visit my cousin in Washington, D.C. I will have to skip about three classes and hopefully this would force me to talk to the professor (and maybe try to get a close contact since I need a second professor for letters-of-recommendation) Three more weeks! I’m excited to get this semester over with and start a different class!

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Posted by John Cortez at 8:38 | Permalink

02 May 2009

Perfect Timing!

Wednesday, April 29 2009. After my EEP152 lecture, I headed to Gypsys to get a combo calzone to go. I have work at Moffitt at 12pm, so I only have an hour to get food and go to my Poli Sci adviser. I went to my adviser a week ago asking how I would sign up for Poli Sci upperdivs in case my academic profile does not get updated before telebears. While waiting for my calzone, I realize that I shouldve went to my advisor first!!—her lunch break is at 11:30! I got my calzone and then headed to Barrows. Luckily, I made it on time and was able to sign up for advising. BUT, there were two other people waiting and I only have 25 minutes left before I had to walk to work! I started eating my calzone knowing I won’t have time to eat after my advising. Bored, I took out my laptop to check Bearfacts. BAM! Finally after waiting for two months, my profile was finally updated right before my Telebears! Now officially declared for EEP and Poli Sci!! YAAAAAY! Seems like I didn't need advising at all. Haha! Off to work.

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01 May 2009

Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour

Interested in native plant gardening? Check out the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour Sunday, May 3, 10am-5pm http://bringingbackthenatives.net/ It's a free self-guided tour through 60 native plant gardens throughout the Bay Area. These gardens are managed by a wide range of people: homes, contractors, designers, etc. In addition to getting access to these gardens, you can talk to the gardeners themselves about their techniques and troubles in the creation and management of a native plant garden. The Native Plant Sale Extravaganza will also be going on at several native nurseries! Pre-registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome! You may also volunteer to get hands on experience with native garden handling.

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