Blog of the Peer Advising Leadership Program, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

October 2, 2006 4:04 PM

My life outside of PAL...

It may be hard to believe that being a flawlessly radical peer advisor isn't my only extracurricular activity, but while PAL has become a very rewarding part of this semester for me, my time outside of class is consumed with many more activities that have really enriched my time here and helped me educate myself beyond the classroom setting.

My absolute favorite extracurricular, and the one that takes up most of my time, is being the co-director of the ASUC Sustainability Team. The purpose of STeam (as we affectionately call it) is to implement projects that make the Berkeley campus and community a greener and more environmentally friendly place. Our current projects this semester range from starting an organic farmer's market on campus to converting the campus fleet to biodiesel, and from hosting a climate change fair and raising awareness about global warming to creating ASUC legislation to prevent excess flyering and paper waste on campus. We are an environmentally-minded and extremely motivated team and we get a lot of projects done on campus! For more information, you can check out our website at http://sustainability.asuc.org.

Another club I'm involved with here at Cal is the Cal Hiking and Outdoor Society (CHAOS). I love getting out to camp, backpack, hike, swim, paddle, or basically anything that involves the outdoors, and CHAOS is a really great organization to help me do just that. Some of the advantages are access to a fully-stocked gear library, club hiking and snowboarding trips, and meeting 50 new people who all love getting outside as much as I do! I also love to write, and work with the Cal Literary Arts Magazine (CLAM) and the Berkeley Poetry Review to publish my poems and help them edit their yearly publications.

As I mentioned in my last blog, I was also a CalSO (Cal Student Orientation) Counselor this summer, and I still work for them to help recruit new counselors to the CalSO Team. CalSO was a really great opportunity for me to get involved outside of classes, meet a lot of really great people, and make connections with college and campus officials. It still remains one of the most intense and rewarding jobs I think I've ever had, and the most fun 8 weeks I've had in a while.

I also work at the Newspapers and Microforms Library in 40 Doe of the Main Stacks. Gotta make some money to pay my rent somehow, right? I work about 11 hours a week on top of my other school activities, but it's a great chance for me to listen to my iPod while shelving microfiche and processing periodicals...

When I'm not busy with the rest of this stuff (which doesn't leave too much leftover time..) I like backpacking, hiking, spending time with friends, reading, listening to music, going to yoga classes, painting, and SLEEPING! I'm pretty sure I love that last one most of all... it's the one I do the least ;)


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