10 March 2010
Class sping '10!
This semester I’m enrolled in 16 units (Chem 3B, 3BL, Physics 8B, Bio 1B and NST 199) and filled to the brim with sciences classes. So far this semester includes the most amount of class work (40 hours/week) since all my classes have labs, I have chem. study groups and NST 199, which is research is about 14 hours of work a week. At first it seemed impossible, but now I think I got the groove of things and it seems actually weird to have a lot of free time and I usually end up wasting it by sleeping or something. So I want to take some time telling about my experience in these classes so far.
Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:26 | Permalink
13 August 2009
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall
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.
Posted by Jade Liu at 2:01 | Permalink
28 May 2009
Grades and O-chem
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23 May 2009
End of Freshman Year
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.
Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:50 | Permalink
19 May 2009
Anecdotes about my time during finals!!!
Posted by Fabian Collazo at 2:22 | Permalink
14 May 2009
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!!
Posted by John Cortez at 0:43 | Permalink
27 February 2009
Chem 3A midterm!!!
Posted by Fabian Collazo at 7:49 | Permalink
21 February 2009
I'm seriously worried sick. Being overly-worried about OChem is probably detrimental - I'm too afraid to touch the book, the practice problems, etc., which is simply ridiculous. I just need to face my fears and do the stuff!
Posted by Katarina Makmuri at 3:37 | Permalink
17 December 2008
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05 December 2008
Chem...that is all I have to say
Posted by Fabian Collazo at 8:07 | Permalink
12 August 2008
Summer 08 Finals
Can't seem to concentrate during this summer semester :(
I wanted to keep myself busy this summer (which did happen), but having to worry about grades is no fun! Poli Sci 3 and Stats 21 have been interesting and fun, but I had this mindset that I should be having fun--so I didn't really focus studying. I like taking classes and I don't mind doing the schoolwork, but grades.... tsk tsk
But I guess I'm just having time management issues again. Anyhow, I gotta get studying and get over with Stats 21 so I can start memorizing Hiragana for my soon-to-be Japanese1A class =D
Posted by John Cortez at 1:55 | Permalink
27 July 2008
Not So Fresh Anymore
Whatever. I just checked my Bear Facts, and I'm no longer "Fresh".
Now looking at my first year grades, I see some good (and bad) patterns. Hopefully recalling what happened to my grades would help find my strengths and weaknesses and what I can do in the future (my sophomore year to be specific).
Posted by John Cortez at 9:51 | Permalink
14 May 2008
No more classes...
Also, Congratulations to the Class of 2008!
Now the school year is almost over (well for some people it is already over, lucky for those with no finals), It is time to plan out for summer! Actually let’s talk about that later. Let’s ace our finals first :)
Posted by John Cortez at 6:39 | Permalink
24 April 2008
to every college student shaking their head
To every college college student procrastinating while shaking their head in the wee hours of the night, get busy :)
I everyone who slept tonight: I envy you.
www.pandora.com -- Free internet radio from the Music Genome Project.
Posted by Tay Feder at 2:06 | Permalink
12 April 2008
Dealing with Berkeley's Academic Reputation
Actually during Senior Weekend I was talking to a student and she told me something similar. I faced this problem too when I was admitted to Berkeley. I imagined myself going to class with 4.0GPA, perfect SAT scores, and super bright students that I'm going to get C's and D's. But after my first semester, I realized that was not the case. There's actually more than just being bright to survive Berkeley.
Posted by John Cortez at 9:59 | Permalink
12 March 2008
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19 February 2008
1 Month Check In
Posted by Marissa Ponder at 1:56 | Permalink
09 January 2008
Less than a week...SIKE, or Psych if you prefer
Hmm...it seems that in my haste (from looking at a particular website, and for other reasons which will be touched on shortly) I was under the impression that classes began on Tuesday, January 15th. I feel foolish, very foolish (lmao). It must have been while looking at this (yes, I admit I only glanced at it and then proceeded to close it) that I somehow got the idea that the semester started on the 15th. I mean, it is in bold! And another thing: why the "heck" (substitute appropriate word here, lol) aren't the dates listed on either the schedule, BearFacts, or Tele-BEARS?! I think it'd be helpful having that information available! Anyway, lesson learned though. Next time I will definitely make sure to look for the "instruction Begins" date. Yeah, how about we bold that one instead?! :-P
Posted by Juan at 5:32 | Permalink
07 January 2008
Letters from Winter Vacation
Being on semester schedule is unusual. All my other UC friends are on the quarter schedule so their classes start today. This essentially leaves me with more reading and eating time. I wonder if this semester thing is a plot from Berkeley to deliberately isolate itself and its students from the rest of the system. The chess club in my high school did this too and it lead to two things: 1) Unparalleled chess genius-ry - I mean seriously. They'll win even if they give you their queen and let you continually beat them over the head with it. and 2) They danced with only themselves during the school dances.
My search for peace, purpose and good TV reception on CBS continues. I HAVE to watch the Patriots game on Saturday even if it means me wrapping myself in aluminum and sticking my arms out of a 2nd story window.
Posted by Jonathan Yu at 6:18 | Permalink
06 November 2007
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20 October 2007
Midterms and Tele-BEARS
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!
Posted by Tay Feder at 1:20 | Permalink
27 September 2007
So today, I went to an informational meeting today about being a calso counselor. For those of
Posted by Angela Hsu at 2:37 | Permalink
25 September 2007
Advice: Go with your first instinct! It's usually right! Don't change it unless you're absolutely certain that your first answer is wrong.
Posted by Victoria Eng at 1:29 | Permalink
17 July 2007
"I have not graded enough of the exams to give a decent interpretation of the scores, but I will say this: I wrote this exam with an intended mean of 50%. If the class as a whole scores around there, I'll be happy. If the class averages better than 50%, I will make the next two exams more difficult. If the class averages worse, I will not change the difficulty of the remaining exams."
In other words, he set it up so that at least half of the students would leave the exam saying, "I failed!!! What do I do now!!?!"
So, we'll see. I still think I failed. Time to study the new stuff and eat a peanut butter & honey sandwich.
Posted by Christina at 1:40 | Permalink
16 July 2007
Week two of ICU ILP study abroad
Classes are quite intense. Three tests a week. 2 vocab, and one section/midterm test. It's a fast
Posted by K. Lee at 2:32 | Permalink
13 July 2007
"Why did someone write something on the board in Chinese?"
Posted by Christina at 9:26 | Permalink
12 July 2007
First Week is Almost Done
Homework has been quite heavy and tiring. I have not taken Japanese in four years, so I'm quite a bit rusty. Wish me the best!
Posted by K. Lee at 8:20 | Permalink
17 June 2007
MCAT - June 15th
When they say to get there early, they mean it. I recommend getting there 50 minutes early to deal with check in and things. The test is proctored by Thompson Testing Centers. They administer multiple tests which overlap. I had to wait 40 minutes before a computer and locker opened up so that I could begin. Since each computer has its own timer and everything, it isn't an issue. You want to get there early so that you get to your writing section about the same time other people do. The typing is just crazy loud in that quiet room.
the rest: relatively good.
They did a good job in choosing interesting passages.
Posted by K. Lee at 9:22 | Permalink
31 May 2007
After three (well almost three) years, you'd think that finals are now a breeze, that I am now an expert at them. Definitely not. Finals are still as stressful, annoying, and sleep-depriving as ever. But I have learned a few things:
1.) Set at least 3 alarms before your test
2.) the libraries are JAM-PACKED during finals season, get ready to fight(literally) for a seat
3.)I am a way better procrastinating studier than is better for my own good
4.) Showers become a luxury many cant afford during finals
5.) Take deep breaths and breaks
6.)Stay/sleep at the library if you have an 8:00am final
7.) Find your study spot....that will become your home
8.) Beware of STREAKERS!!!!
9.) Energy drinks, coffee, energy gum, etc. are a must
10.) The end of finals will come
Posted by Nikki Fernandez at 0:10 | Permalink
15 May 2007
Perhaps that is why I am neglecting my studying. Instead of poring over my notes like I should, I am spending time on Facebook, Youtube, and this blog. Certainly, I am confident in my ability to do well on this exam. Nonetheless, some studying can't hurt.
In any case, good luck to everyone still studying for exams (especially all you physics people). Don't worry, for after this week, everything will be a lot clearer.
Posted by Joel Kim at 3:37 | Permalink
09 May 2007
Wow, in a few days I won't be a 1st year anymore!
I have a final I am studying for Monday and that's my last one. Organic chemistry..not a peice of cake. Of course I've already started studying for it. I want to be prepared for this test...but at least I'll get to go home Monday and just RELAX. Then I am coming back Friday for a few graduations I have to attend for my senior friends. And I am going to pack out of my dorm room then. We have to be completely out with keys turned in Saturday at 10 am and I have A LOT to pack. I am storing stuff I dont need to take back home in Berkeley like books, printer, comforter..etc. If you are still looking for storage call 1-800-586-3020 and they'll even pick up your stuff!
Good luck with finals!
Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 9:42 | Permalink
29 April 2007
So this morning at around 6 or 7, I heard some bird starting to go outside my window. It went something like this, EEP. EEEP. EEEP. EEP. I woke up and I was like That *&*%%&^ bird. That #%@$^ Bird. TFB. I leaned as far out as I could out the window and shouted "Shut the !@%# up you #@%%^^ bird!" I was furious as hell and no bird on earth is going to go ruin my beauty sleep.
The bird went on for the rest of the morning. I feel like an overused salt lick in a cow field.
Posted by Jonathan Yu at 2:14 | Permalink
22 April 2007
Blessing or Curse!
Then I have a scrapbook...yeah a scrapbook about Strawberry creek due along with an expository essay and a poetry essay for English. I also have a book report (which obviously requires reading and then analysing the book). So....I only have one real final..but I have projects and essays that are not only time consuming but equivelant to finals. So is this a blessing or a curse?
I'll let you know May 17th =)
Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 7:43 | Permalink
22 March 2007
Jose Arevalo, Reihaneh Fakourfar, April Dobbs, Danielle Johnson
Today was also our midterm for Morphology. In preparing for the exam, I realized something this week. CNR offers something that is difficult to find around campus - a community. Our class size for Morphology is small. 20 people. I know all of them. We all know one another. We meet up for study groups, we ask one another questions. When one of us can attend office hours, we pass along the information that we gleen to those in the study groups. It's different in the College of Natural Resources than the other courses I've attended on campus. It's a cooperative feel. The competition that comes along with hundreds of high-pressure students is on the other side of the campus. We're over here, studying microbes, forestry, genetics, and so on... studying what we love, enjoying what we learn, and making friends that walk with us through our journey. We were in classes together last semester, we're together again this semester. We know how to study together, and we're not afraid to help one another understand the difficult concepts. The more we're able to teach one another, the more we're able to enjoy the subject that we're learning. I love this program.
Here are some more photos of us having fun with morphology today.
Me with a member of the Cycadales.
Posted by Christina at 9:40 | Permalink
20 March 2007
Midterm Time (still)
Now, I don't want to sound like I'm whining. My midterm schedule is certainly not as hectic as other people's. I'm not taking Chem 3B or Bio 1A or any of these other more difficult classes. Nonetheless, I still chafe under the burden of midterm examinations. That, and the weight of my backpack with all those textbooks.
Still, that's what I'm here at college for, I suppose. After all, the professors are not like the Greek gods, smiting us students with exams, their hearts full of malice, caprice, and ambrosia (although some students would say otherwise.) I'm sure the professors hate grading exams as much as we do taking them. That's why they get the GSIs to do it.
In all seriousness, midterms are a way to develop discipline and academic rigor. These tests, papers, and whatnot give me an opportunity to really work hard and develop my work ethic, drive, and sense of delayed gratification. After the test is over, I can revel in the relief that finally, finally, I finished.
Until then, I better get back to work. Enjoy your spring break!
Posted by Joel Kim at 8:18 | Permalink
12 March 2007
Oral Exam for Math 1B
Here is the detail, for those of you who are curious. When it is your examination, you roll a 10-faced dice to decide which prompt you will get since there are ten of them. Then you will have 7 minutes to present your argument, and the two GSIs will ask you question during the next 5 minutes. The last 3 minutes will be the time for the GSIs to deliberate on what grade you will receive.
I don't know whether I should hate the oral or like it. We will see, I guess...
Posted by Yang Cao at 2:35 | Permalink
12 March 2007
The Thin Dark Line
Tiny cracks of a fearful light peek at me from behind fat folds of polyester curtain. They spider into tiny flacks of magenta and emerald, cutting my room into fourths. This morning is going to be a bad one. I could smell it in the sky. It was one of those mornings that tell you in advance the beating they're going to fist out on your face, like one of those bad oafs that screw up your day by snatching you off the streets, giving you a good crack up of the molars, and then set you up back on the corner like so much any piece of four day old newspaper rolled fly flavored fish.
God I hate midterms.
The door slams open and the morning day flicks my eyes. Damn! They started early today! I reached for my good friend, Mr. Alarm Clock. He's a real ball buster, all bust. No ball. He's a digital clock and damn proud of it. And he's real prouding me with his little announcement. His breath is reek with plastic and cold with reality. It's 9:45, and you got a test in fifteen minutes. I suggest you move your warm little fanny.
I give myself five seconds to compile my thoughts. No time for a Windows boot up. You gotta go Mac. The carpet is warm under the soles of my feet. I don't get it. What's wrong with this picture? Quickly I robe myself with the closest pair of pants and shirts I can find. Can't register the cold now. I leave embroiled in a swirl of body flavored profanities.
The sun is hot. And strong. Damn this thermo. I can't take it anymore. I thought I was through this by heading up North. Can't think. A brown furry squirrel slits down the tree beside me. Bad squirrel. Didn't Momma BushTail tell you not take your chores too seriously? I give it a sideways kick while on my way down the stairs. No time for cookies, Mr. Nature. I got a midterm to take.
The Auditorium is fifteen minutes away. Fifteen tiny ticks on the clock flicked away by that unstopping arm of the thin dark line. Move it, legs. My heart starts to pick up the pace as it shakes off the morning eye dust with a Mexican Tango. The stomachy pit in the cull of my belly ripples with the grip of a hungry pain. Damn you, he says. That time we got tripped up down South in the California bayou of a city? I got you through that. Feed me. No time I say. I got a midterm to take.
I push my vein encrusted hands through an oak brown, axe carved recepticle. The air brushes my sleep sculpted hair. I hate bed hair. My sandals are ill fit for the environment. It's like trying to ride a motorcyle with a monkey hanging from your jaw. It's just not right at this time. They all send a tiny citation of notice to my brain.
I tell them all to shut up. It's time to take the test.
I delegate my gravity onto a nylon encased chair. It squeals like a slit pig on Hannukah. Or doesn't. Not sure about that metaphor. I shake the sleep from my eyes and its metal taste off my tongue. I don't got a problem at all. My hand darts into my right pocket. It wants something and if it wants something. It gets it. Then it hits me like a locomotive barrelling down an ungreased aluminum track at fifty kilos a second.
I'd forgotten my pencil.
My molars are starting to hurt.
Posted by Jonathan Yu at 3:03 | Permalink
10 March 2007
So as a reward for myself, I went to ice skating tonight with my floormates in Berkeley Iceland. After I cumbersomely put on the skate shoes, I could barely stand up and walk, Fortunately, with a friend’s help, I managed to go the ice skating ground.
Now the hard part began. Since I was so scared to get on the skating ground, I stayed in my seat for several minutes to play with my shoes. I made them tight for one minute and loose for the next 30 seconds till I felt they were absolutely safe. Then, I entered the icy ground and held the wall tightly with both hands. I was afraid that I was going to fall if I let go of it. The need for a feeling of security…
My floormates skated by, and encouraged me to give it a try. With the promise that they were going to hold my arms, I started to walk on the ice cautiously. At first, I just felt that my body was leaning forward and I was going to fall. After a while, I felt more comfortable and tried to let one hand go, but it didn’t seem to work so well. Maybe it is because I had a sense of security when by holding the wall with one hand; thus, my fears were soothed.
Anyways, I had a good time tonight, and I would suggest to you all to steal a moment of leisure time under the pressure of midterms and papers. It is worth it!
Posted by Yang Cao at 1:02 | Permalink
28 February 2007
Even the chemistry in Berkeley is Organic and difficult.
Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 4:28 | Permalink
14 February 2007
Classes I'm taking Spring 2007
MCB 102 Survey of the Principles of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
NST C114 Pesticide Chemistry and Toxicology
PH 150A Epidemiology (the study of diseases)
UGBA 96 Personal Finances
Chem3BL OChem Lab
Guess which is the fun class....Personal Finances. =) That's the great thing about Molecular Toxicology. There's so much room to explore since our only breadth requirement is 22 units in the Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Philosophy & Values, or Foreign Language. That covers pretty much everything you would want to study. Actually, it doesn't cover my Personal
Posted by K. Lee at 6:14 | Permalink
15 December 2006
Just Some Random Thoughts
I just got back my laptop from the repairing place this Monday after three weeks of waiting. Only God knows how I endured through that period when I had to rush through my dinner and then sat in the Unit 2 Computing Center till it is closed...
After scrambling through some limits, derivatives and integrals on Monday, trying to make sense out of some kinematics and thermodynamics on Wednesday, I am done with two of my finals. Yeah, I still have one more to go, for Asian American Studies.
The other day I was talking to my friend. We agreed upon that finals from 8 to11 AM is just too early, and you would probably need two alarm clocks so that you can wake up on time. The 12:30 - 3:00 PM ones are OK, except that you will probably starve a few hours because you don't really want to eat a huge meal before taking an exam. The 5:00 - 8:00 PM ones are just too late, and even if that is your last final, you have to wait till the next day to go home.
3. Meal Plan Points
I really had a headache when I realized that I still have 300 meal points left, and I have to spend at least 200 points before next Tuesday. I have always believed that "The more, the better."
But for those meal points ... the fewer, the better...
Posted by Yang Cao at 6:30 | Permalink
06 December 2006
Two of my biggest finals are on the first day of finals. I have my math and chem finals next Tuesday. Then I have a huge break and my next final is my upper div. Peace and Conflict final on Saturday from 5-8. Yeah, I know...on SATURDAY NIGHT! I am in that class right now actually, I'm bitter about the final date so I decided to rebel and blog during his class. Ok, I am just kidding we have a 5 minute break considering this is a two hour class. Anyhow, back to the subject...I then have my last final on Monday. The last two finals aren't too bad and I can handle them. Now it's just crunch time for my first two hell finals! Ahhhhhhhhh < once again!
Good luck on finals!
Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 4:28 | Permalink
29 September 2006
Done With My First Midterm
And here I am, relaxing myself from academics for a while.
Posted by Yang Cao at 2:03 | Permalink
29 September 2006
Midterm Slaying, Slashing, & Stabbing
Posted by Rola Abduljabar Rabah at 1:23 | Permalink
25 September 2006
When Midterms Attack
Did I tell you what it's like to take a midterm? The word itself denotes fear into college students with the same magnitude with which "alka seltzer" spells to pigeons. You sit in a huge room with very little writing space and then try to bang out this test, this incredibly hard test, with only your wits and a pencil. C'mon, how many times in your real work are you going to find yourself judged only with two such tools? I propose that Berkeley makes its tests more like real world tests ... and allow us to bring in Internet.
Did I tell you I live in Foothill? The Fifth floor on Foothill? Goodness squiggly squirrels. I have to climb the essential height of Sather Tower just to get where I live. I am surprised I haven't suffered from the high climate yet. It has become an art - figuring out how long it takes to get to class and timing it just right so that you can make it without having to sit around bored. Don't do this on your midterm. That is my goodwill advice of the day. My conscience is satiated.
Chem has devastated my social skills, especially with girls. After one unforunate encounter I asked my friend why my latest potential turned me down. My friend replied, "The scientific community has proven, with reasonable evidence and confidence, that pick up lines that include the phrases 'electron' 'ionic bonds' and 'effective charge' bear little impact on a lady's conception of you." I then sophiscatedly told my friend to shove it.
My laundry is done. I'd be worried someone would steal something but for the fact it is worth nothing.
Posted by Jonathan Yu at 5:57 | Permalink