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November 4, 2007 11:34 AM

The CNR Community

One of the things that I love most about the College of Natural Resources is its dynamic community of faculty, staff, and students. As a transfer from the College of Letters and Science, this is something that I was never able to find in such a large college. Now almost two years later, I find myself as part of the community as a peer advisor and as a student. However, this didn’t happen over night. I didn’t even know about CNR until late my freshman year and it took a little time after I transferred spring semester of my sophomore year to really feel like I was part of the community. You might be wondering: how can I be more involved in this community? I’ll give you a few pointers that really helped me become more involved in the CNR community.

The first thing I did as a new student in CNR was join ESSA, the Environmental Science Student Association. Joining a student group allows you to get to know students in your major, as well as students who share similar interests. This provides a great knowledge base for learning about what classes to take, what resources are in the area that may cater to your interests, and good advice for having a successful experience at Cal. CNR has several student groups, including the Forestry club, the Mycophytes for MEB majors, SDA for Dietetics majors, CRSSO for Conservation Resource Studies majors, and the Global Environment Theme House. These are all great groups with social, networking, and informational events where you can make new friends and learn about opportunities for your major.

I also started going to some of the CNR events that happen weekly in the Resource Center and around campus. CNR holds advising workshops, graduate school panels, study abroad info nights, and environmental talks, as well as fun movie nights and socials. These are a great way to network with faculty and meet staff members. Next time CNR holds a movie night or information session on something you want to learn more about, stop by to enjoy good food and meet new people.

Finally, the place where the community comes together is the Resource Center. If the comfy couches and free printing wasn’t enough, the Resource Center is also a great place to regularly see the people you meet at club meetings and CNR events. I also use it to get some studying done, use a computer, and learn about job opportunities. If you don’t always have time to go to events or go to club meetings, at least stop by the Resource Center to keep connected to the people you meet and be informed about upcoming events.

These are all ways that I have become part of CNR’s community and I hope they prove to be helpful pointers for those of you that are looking to get more involved.


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