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April 19, 2007 12:15 PM

why CNR?

So, this may sound like a pathetic story of "why CNR" but here it goes. So when applying for Berkeley and filling out the application, I checked on Genetics and Plant Biology, not knowing that it was either in CNR, or that it was different from the MCB major with an emphasis on genetics. So after attending CalSO on June 6-7, I realized that genetics and plant biology was mainly about plants (I know.. it seems pretty obvious from the title of the major..but I was a stupid senior maybe?) and that it was in the college of natural resources. I wasn't really sure what to think about being accepted to the college of natural resources. I actually wasn't even aware that there was more than one college in all of UC Berkeley. So when I got into a different college than L&S, I wasn't sure how to feel. So what did I do?

I immediately started researching the college of natural resources website and learned some more about the college at CalSO. After hearing from current students and browsing the website, I learned what a great "mistake" I had made in checking the wrong major, and I guess not doing my research before applying. I realized how small of a college it was, and how much of an opportunity to excell in it was. I realized that CNR is a small college within a large university, so you are able to get the best of both worlds. Not only do you get the opportunity to join a variety of different clubs, but also get the opportunity to talk to your counselors when you may need some help with either classes or major advising. Also, at CalSO, I switched my major to Microbial Biology, because I found it to better suit my interests in medicine in the future. I get to study lovely viruses and bacteria and how they may affect us, and other animals and organisms. :) So, if you are a newly admitted student who may have made the same mistake I did, then I encourage you to research this website (although if you have fallen upon this page, I am sure you already have..) and also to not just right away want to switch out. Instead, give CNR a chance to get to know, and try to get to know its resources and opportunities in this large university.

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