27 August 2009

So far....

Well so far the beginning of the school year has been super hectic with so much to do. After hanging out with friends who were returning to Berkeley I headed to neds and replica copy to get my physics and bio stuff. Just sitting in my first bio lecture I could tell that this class would be a challenge. After bio lecture I went to Physics discussion and then went to an assortment of waitlisted/enrolled but might drop classes. I am signed up foe beginning Romanian, but I don’t know if I have the time for it, especially with Ancient Egypt and EALC 105. So today I went to Calapooloza, which is basically every club at Cal displaying what they do and handing out fliers in lower and upper Sproul and oh was it crowded. Tomorrow is Friday meaning the end of welcome week so check out the website and see what other fun things they have planned for tomorrow!

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26 August 2009

Live Blogging IB 117 Lec - 1st Day

Hello readers, I'm going to try something never done on this blog before. Something I've never done either. I am sitting in class right now and with my trusty netbook, I am blogging live what the first day of IB 117 - Medical Ethnobotany is like. Check back every few minutes to see updates!

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25 August 2009

Academic tips for succeeding at Cal

These days, when incoming freshmen in the dorms find out that I am a second year student, they begin asking me whether I had any advice for them. Therefore, I decided that with fall semester classes starting in eight hours, now might be a good time to list the advice that I have for incoming freshmen and all students in general, based on my personal experiences this past year at Berkeley. I will skip any social tips since I tend to not socialize much unless it involves one on one deep conversation. Instead, I will focus on academic tips since the one thing that all Berkeley students hold in common is the desire to succeed in the top public university in the United States. So here are some general tips to survive and succeed in classes at Cal: 1. Do not believe anyone who tries to tell you that a certain class is difficult/impossible. Regardless of whether this person is your best friend, a random stranger, or your professor himself, half the battle is lost if you come into a class expecting a low grade due to the difficulty. No class here is impossible to ace. Don't let anyone discourage you from doing your best. I find that most people who don't do as well are those who expect a class to be difficult and therefore not try as hard. Efforts will pay off in the end, believe in yourself. No class is hard by nature, it's what you make of it.

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25 August 2009

the night before school

Everyone's probably sneaking their last days of fun before the crunch starts. Many, including me, are panicking. Cable internet was installed in the wrong place and my father was unable to come through with a router, so dear readers, just for you- I am standing on my balcony, freezing my buns off in order to record my thoughts before the next day begins. Profs are coming through with bspace, decal classes still haven't been joined, free stuff was had at Caltopia, iceblocks were ridden down a hill and all apartmates are accounted for. Free food fills my belly, a won raffle bag stands at my desk empty of spoils and a grim, light bank account sits--- Who the heck is vacuuming at 11 at night? Be quiet neighbors!!!!!! Dang it.

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25 August 2009

my first day of work for the 09-10 schoolyear

i'm a security monitor here at unit 3, which means i defend the safety of incoming freshman here in the dorms. today is monday, august 24 2009, my first day of work for the 09 10 schoolyear and i feel a pressing need to blog about this momentous occasion

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23 August 2009


If you plan on going to grad school or anywhere else after college than something that would be very helpful to ones application would be research experience. Since Cal loves us dearly they made URAP! Yay URAP! Well URAP basically is a website with a bunch of descriptions for research positions offered by professors and to get the position you have to fill out a URAP application, which includes a statement of purpose that is around 400 words each. In order to minimize shopping they restrict you to applying to 3 internships, which is bad for me because I have to pick 3 out of the 4 I want. Since URAP is open to all UC Berkeley students than the turn out tends to be really good for bio spots with some openings receiving up to hundreds of responses. So check it out! http://research.berkeley.edu/urap/

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23 August 2009

The start of school….grrr!

So summer for me was filled with math and genetics, but I still managed to squeeze in some fun before school starts. After buying some of my books, I have been trying to review my physics from high school to only discover how bad I am in the subject. I’m taking 8A with Deweese so I’m hoping that I can do well if I study enough, but physics is such a strange subject that has always eluded me. The past couple of days my roommates have been bringing stuff from home so now it feels more comfortable with furniture, but I feel lazy since I rarely clean.

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23 August 2009

budget cuts budget cuts evverywhere

i'm sure its no news to anyone that uc berkeley has fallen victim of california's budget crisis. Throughout this past semester, the effects have been felt everywhere! Tuition fees have gone up, library hours have gone down, and even dear fresh faces has ended financial sponsorship of its bloggers. according to san francisco business times, 500 million dollars of UCB's 1.8 billion budget has been provided by the state, but that number is sure to decrease given our current situation. Thanks to private sponsorship, the school can keep its head above water...but what if we run out of those? Read the rest of the story here:

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23 August 2009

Back in Berkeley!

My sister and I moved in all our stuff yesterday. The bunkbed took forever to assemble. I thought IKEA was supposed to be easy. We're living at Berkeleyan and it's way nicer than my 2 previous studios. I've been meaning to post pictures from the last time I was in Berkeley for my sister's CalSO. My mom and I stayed at the Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hotel. The scenery was beautiful! We were only about ten steps from the water! SF%20and%20Pacific%27s%20Birthday%20006.jpg

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21 August 2009


I just got back from taking my actual MCAT. I can't say that I'm jumping for joy at how well I think I've done. The room was freezing! I spent most of the biological sciences section rubbing my arms. The essay prompts were really weird, so I'm pretty sure I failed those. I did not do well on the Verbal section...I was like, "What are you talking about!?!? Stop confusing me!!!" The only good thing I can say is that at least it's over. I'll get the results in about 1 month, so from now til then, I'll just try to forget it. I'm probably going to take it, again...perhaps over winter break. Maybe my reading comprehension will magically go up a few points from reading Biochem...one can only hope. Today's my last day in SoCal...well, technically, tomorrow is since we're leaving for Berkeley at 4 am. Anyways, enjoy the last few days of summer!!!

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21 August 2009

restaurant reviews

A while back, I wrote a list of recommended places to eat. Since then I've tried a few more good ones and decided to write a mini yelp review for them on this site :) for any freshman reading, be sure to check out these places to eat!

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20 August 2009

School once again!

Back to school again! Ready for new beginnings and a fresh start? With new goals in mind, new activities to try out, I am definitely ready to get back into shape. Don't forget, Caltopia held in the RSF gym, free! it's a great way to get free stuff, play fun games, learn about different stores/businesses near Berkeley( comcast if you need internet/cable, luna bars if you're into that stuff and are an athlete, travel companies in case you live far away and need discount tickets for that thanksgiving trip back home), food......just a great way to hang out with friends you didn't get to see all summer! Yes, it's held on Sunday and Monday! Also, Make sure you print out your class schedule and know where your classrooms are! And don't forget to get your class pass sticker near lower Sproul! Make sure to check out any clubs you might want to join( watch for announcements), sign up for RSF membership( it's only 10 dollars for the whole semester!), use those meal points, get your books via cal student store, book exchange, ned's or friends! And good luck this semester!

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19 August 2009

a few recipes to try

living independently in college can mean different things to different people. for some, it means finally being able to stay out as last as you want without having to let your parents know where you are. for others, it means being able to go to a cal football game knowing that you're cheering for your very own collegiate team. and for many, many others out there... it means cooking on your own! so if you're one of the latter group, i'd like to pass on to you a few recipes that i've tried/ want to try. enjoy cooking them in your very own kitchen!

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19 August 2009

green liquid for lunch

Green liquid for lunch or die trying. Yup, another one of my many crazy random summer goals. Not that I want to sound dramatic, but this diet is really difficult to maintain! Let me back track. At the beginning of summer, I promised myself that I would actively engage in activities that would help me get back into the same physical fitness I once had. I told myself if I could train for badminton and tennis 5+ hours a day, 6 days a week in high school, I could definitely go to the gym and eat healthy on a regular basis. So when my friend sent me a vegan/running blog that his freshman college dorm mate writes to share about his progress and feelings, I was so excited! Inspiration comes in the oddest shapes and times. I probably read Alex Tellez’s entire blog, http://yhprunning.blogspot.com/ at least three times to note for tips on which vegetables to purchase and how intense my work outs should be. After careful deliberation, I decided to aim for the ability to run nonstop for an hour and to do…. ONE pull up by the end of the summer in addition to maintaining a semi-vegan diet.

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18 August 2009

Summer 09 Recap: Part 1!

Long time no blog! So besides taking classes for almost the entire duration of my summer "break," luckily I managed to have a few days off to visit the East Coast for the first time! (except I had to miss two classes on the second week of June). I stayed over at my cousin and her family in Washington, D.C. and then toured around there. I finally saw the monuments, museums, and government buildings I always see on movies! The White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, National Archives... there's tons of places to visit there! My favorite part was being a window away from millions of dollars when I visited the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. It was fascinating to see how money is printed--special type of paper, ink, security features, etc. I also found out that we still produce $2 bills and you can request a bank to get some for you (only if you ask for a huge amount). For souvenir I got an uncut sheet of 8x4 $2 bills (which are legally spendable if I cut them).

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18 August 2009

Medical School

Did I ever mention that I applied for med school and now I'm in? School began for me at KCUMB on August 3rd. I moved to Kansas City on the 1st of August. Boy, is Missouri different from California. Just wanted to mention how awesome it is to be in class and already know microbiology and pharmacokinetics stuff from being a molecular toxicology major. =)

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17 August 2009

summer school is over!

YAY! I'm finally done with mcb 102! It's a sad-happy farewell. Most people will tell you that summer classes are "easier." However, I truly believe it's all perspective. Good thing i didn't come into the class thinking that because I guarantee you, if you do, you are misled and may end up getting caught off guard on your midterm. While you go faster paced and cover like 2 chapters a day, there is no memorization involved, and some lessons are skipped, for this course at least. Also, even though the midterms were every two weeks, the material was fresh in my head! I know my friend who took lab class and had a 5 hour class i think twice a day... that's intense. As for the material, we cover the same amount, and it depends on whether you like to memorize or want to fully grasp the concepts. I loved summer school just because you have more time in the day to study, most students studied and worked together ( i guess, it's because most are only taking one or two classes and a job, which isn't as stressful), the professors I had were amazing! They had extra office hours, and were very helpful and loved to get to know their students more, GSI's were excellent and loved what they were doing, and with the addition of great summer weather, what' s there not to love? I learned how to grasp the concepts and actively engage in the material( which isn't something learned overnight), and that was the one goal I had intended to achieve in the beginning of the summer! yay me! I enjoyed learning the material and really knowing how to apply these facts to different scenarios instead of memorizing and regurgitating the info: it was enlightening, and felt like I had a deeper understanding of bio, made the material more satisfying= like filling in the gaps to the unfinished story in..... a way..... and you walk away content. All in all, despite summer school being expensive, it was a wonderful experience.

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17 August 2009

Plans for Fall

So as summer is coming to a close I am preparing for fall 2009 and all its difficulties grrr. I’m currently planning to take Bio 1A/L, Physics 8A, Near Eastern Studies 18 and EALC 105. I’m pretty scared for Bio as I have heard plenty of rumors about the labs and professors and as a Bio lover I’m freaking out. Even though I want to take physics I am not enrolled and am like hawk status checking the schedule every minute to see if anybody has dropped. Haha its’ even on my favorites for maximum speed. NES 18 is about ancient Egypt and I have heard is a rather chill class and the material seems rather interesting. EALC 105 is a film class that I am taking with a friend purely for fun and it is suppose to be easy and who doesn’t want to learn about movies?

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17 August 2009

Class Review!

So after finals I did what almost every Cal student does and left for home. So during my first month of summer I worked part time as a cashier to make some money and pretty much became lazy while at home. However, around mid-June I came back to Berkeley because not only was I bored from home, but I had signed up for summer classes and had chosen to take Math 16A and IB 141 (Human Genetics). Yah I know the two classes are really different.

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14 August 2009


Sorry for scaring you guys with my title, but I'm pretty stressed about my upcoming MCAT exam. The real one. It's next Friday. I only have a week to do well on the test that will determine my future. So...no pressure, right? Although medical schools tend to look at your highest MCAT score, people generally take it twice, at most. Scores are good for up to three years. I just really want to score well on my first time and have this over with. I know the medical schools look at other stuff besides the MCAT score, but it still plays a very significant part in your admission. I actually ran into a retired UCLA medical school admissions officer at the library the other day. I didn't get to ask her anything, though, since we were in the restroom and it would've been kind of awkward to detain her with my questions.

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13 August 2009

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall

I discovered many incomprehensible errors on my last entry due to the fact that I was extremely tired that night and had been practically falling asleep even while typing. I apologize for that and promise that I will use correct grammar and spelling today, and I will also use words the correct way. So, tomorrow will be the day of my last final, for French 4. It's so difficult to believe that my first summer spent in Berkeley will so soon be over. This summer has been awesome, and with two French classes, I was able to recover my "skills" after a spring semester without French. I've learned so much within these eight weeks, and I'm infinitely grateful to my instructors for having all the patience to put up with my twenty thousand questions per day as well as many other things. Now, after my experience during Summer Session 2009, I have some advice to give in terms of the classes I took this summer. Perhaps in my next entry, I'll talk about past classes, but I have so much to write just about these few classes that today, I can only focus on these.

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13 August 2009


It's been a while since I've posted here, and now that summer school is over I finally have the time to. This summer I took MCB 102 over here at Berkeley. For those of you who don't know, MCB102 (also known as biochemistry) is one of the major prerequisite courses for a lot of the science majors and premed kids. Despite being only 3 days a week, this class really made me work. Before summer started, I was afraid that I would be super bored, with only 12 hours of school per week but it turns out that 12 hours a week is pleeeeeeeenty.

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11 August 2009

Summer is almost over...

I guess I'll take this opportunity to update you on how my summer has come and gone. Here's the list of things I said I would do: 1. Take a couple classes: ASL, French, Statistics -->didn't happen! I borrowed some Learn French CD's but they proved to be too advanced for my beginner abilities. I arranged ASL lessons with a friend every Thursday night but that often got overlooked although I now know how to say some basic things like hello, how are you, i'm fine/good/bad/happy/excited/sad/tired/hungry/sleepy, i love you, good morning, how, who, where, when, why, and maybe a few others that I can't recall at the moment. I intend on auditing a stats class in the fall. 2. Work full time -->YEP! A lot of this! I worked 32 hours a week (M-Th 9-5) June 1-August 14. I was the "Jill of All Trades" for the summer doing all sorts of things from organizing a closet full of science equipment worth more than my life, converting Lonely Planet VHS tapes to DVD's, gave tours of the campus, grant writing, etc. I also did a lot of fun things like work on a script for an infomercial about Ohlone's GIS/GPS program, teach a couple human ecology classes, helped out with some major events. Don't get me wrong I had a lot of fun and I learned a great deal but I will be glad once it's over. 3. Go on some trips: river rafting-->done! hike more mountains-->only hiked Mission Peak once more Mendocino-->went there maybe 2 times and will be going again in 2 weeks for a wine festival! Yosemite Nat'l park-->nope...but I went to Muir Woods :) 4. Watch Wicked-->going to be 3 times by the end of this summer, I highly recommend it! 5. Catch up on reading all my books!-->that's a slow and steady process Other than this, I will be going camping one more time and returning the day before classes start, I got to spend more time with my family and friend especially my brother who is going away for college in September (Cal Poly SLO), and I will be celebrating my birthday at the end of this month. I hope your summer was well spent :) But it's not over yet!!!

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08 August 2009

Productive Boredom

Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yesterday, my sister told me about this website www.freerice.com. You basically get tested on vocabulary and for every one you get right, ten grains of rice are donated to the UN World Food Program to end hunger. I was supposed to be studying yesterday, but I spent about an hour or so playing on this website, instead. On the bright side, because of my boredom, over 3000 grains of rice are going to be donated to help end hunger! Plus, I learned a bunch of cool new words! My new favorite word is footle, which means 'to waste time.' "I footled so much today." "Stop footling!" I just think it's a hilarious word. So next time you're bored, go on this website, learn some new vocab, and help end hunger! Tip: if the word looks weird, it's most likely an animal. Gerenuk=gazelle. Who knew? I certainly didn't. Wow! I just found out that you can select between a variety of subjects, so not just vocab! They have art, geography, and even language learning!! How awesome is that? I think I'll go try out the Italian one now. I want to go to Italy someday.

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07 August 2009

I kind of hate the UC Regents

...and I still have no idea exactly who they are and what their purpose is. I do understand they control the dinero flow. Like as who gets a raise and who don't. Re-slotting? I don't know if their noses are stuffed, but I smell a rat. It reminds me of when companies who received bailout money managed to give raises to their top execs because they wanted to keep them from leaving. Leaving to where? Jobs are scarce-who would leave a cushy job, an especially one that didn't punish them for pulling us all into this wonderful depression? I find it funny that the regents claim private schools are doing it too. Then again, they aren't relying on public money so they can do what they want. I'm sorry, are we not voters, the money bleeders? If the cash comes from US, doesn't that make us the BOSS-and as the boss, don't we have a say in how recklessly our EMPLOYEES use up the budget? I know -- democracy. The same goes to BART unions. If any law students happen to be reading, I encourage them to inform me so through the comments. By the way, Forbes has just ranked Cal as #73. Among their many scientific methods, ratemyprofessor.com.

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06 August 2009

Join me in the fight against breast cancer

Please support me as I take an amazing journey in the fight against breast cancer! The Breast Cancer 3-Day is a 60-mile walk over the course of three days. Net proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. Our Story My mommy's best friend, Laurie, is a breast cancer survivor for more than a decade. Since the day of the diagnosis, their lives have become intertwined with the national breast cancer efforts to prevent and possibly cure this cancer. Along the way, they bonded with hundreds of new friends, but also lost many precious buddies too. This year, I am finally old enough to experience what they see and feel at these 3 day events! Please support our cause with any kind gestures; either through raising awareness of breast cancer or with monetary donations. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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