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April 19, 2007 12:23 PM

Other than Academics...

So I know a lot of us come to Berkeley thinking solely about doing well in academics and not doing any other extracurricular acitivities. However, if all of us did that, wouldn't our lives be boring, just studying and doing nothing else to look forward to? So like many Berkeley students, I found that a balance between extracurriculars and academics is great, not only for our social skills, but also for our own sake with regards to not living a boring college career. So what are the extracurriculars I do for my sanity and for my improving my social skills?

I do many things. First, I'll start with the obvious one. I am a peer advisor for CNR (ya duh, right?). Well, I truly enjoy doing this and helping people who may feel lost within our CNR family. Ultimately I wish to become a pediatric doctor (rheumatologist to be exact...but thats another story..) and so by interacting with my peers, it helps not only my mind grow and open up more, but also helps my inter-personal skills when trying to "diagnose" problems or concerns that may arise within students. As well as being a peer advisor, I am very very very involved with the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California. Last summer, I interned at the arthritis foundation and was able to build bridges with various rheumatologists throughout the greater Northern California area and so they can be informed of our activities and programs that we have to offer. Also, over the summer, I volunteered as a counselor at the day camp they have for children. It was truly an amazing experience being able to motivate children who now have arthritis to still go for their goals of whatever they may be. Montly, I attend juvenile arthritis committee meetings where we advise the community programs manager and help plan the juvenile arthritis activities such as JA Day, JA Family Education Day, JA Teen Retreat, and Camp Milagros. Also, this coming summer, I will be researching at UC San Francisco about arthritis. If any of my extracurricular activities interest you, feel free to contact me or come to my office hours to hear how you can get involved in these activities!


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