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

April 4, 2007 10:23 PM


CNR truly gives you the private school treatment for the public school price. Throughout my years here, I have had many friends who have decided to do Molecular and Cell Biology or Integrative Biology in the college of Letters and Sciences and have really regretted their decision after seeing how much I enjoy CNR!

There are 3 main reasons to be in CNR: (1) We are personal and personable. We truly seek to have a tight knit community. Every student in CNR has a professor advisor who tracks them throughout their years in CNR. We build strong relationships with each other! For example, it is truly touching when a professor wants to sit down and here about your summer, or when the dean and/or assistant dean invites you to lunch just because they want to see how you are doing. (2) We graduate with Bachelor's of Science. So if you're a science major we are the only college besides the College of Chemistry and College of Engineering that does that! (3) Small Class sizes! Small classes allow you to build really strong relationships with the professors and your fellow classmates. Unlike classes from larger colleges we have the opportunity to partake in really unique programs! For my Environmental Justice Class (ESPM 163) we worked closely with Bay Area grassroots organizations to learn about their struggles and vice versa to offer our various academic services. Several other classes that I have been a part of have taken us on camping trips to do ecological research at UC Berkeley's Angelo Reserve Field station. There we snorkel through streams to find salmon and/or trout populations, run through fields to crickets and butterflies, take early morning hikes to bird watch, and roast marshmallows. Without our small college and tight knit community, such experiences would not be possible! I love CNR, and if I had to do it over again, I wouldn't change a thing!

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