29 August 2009
Seminars Around Campus
First of all, I hope everyone had a good first week of classes! I'm taking a pretty light load this semester (comparatively) because I'm trying to use all of my time for doing research, among other things...
Anyway, I struck up a conversation with another PAL (Jenny, also a GPB major), just catching up and what not, and I mentioned seminars.
Seminars...what so great about them? First, it's not really a class, so you don't have to go to every single one of them. But the best thing is, you get to hear lectures from visiting scholars on certain topics and learn about things that you would have never encountered or learn about. Plus, you become more aware of the current research being done in that field. It's like going to a conference, but instead of 15 minute talks, you get 50 minutes to 1 hour talks (more in depth), and it's more spread out (so you can go to as many that fits your schedule throughout the year).
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25 August 2009
Welcome to Berkeley and CNR!
Welcome back everyone! For the incoming freshman, may I first extend a huge welcome from the PALs to Berkeley, especially the CNR community. We are so excited that you've decided to come here - you won't regret it, I promise, even through the tough times, I am pretty sure you'll find something that excites you! But just a warning, these four years (or more) go by really fast, so take advantage of any opportunities that come your way!
For all of the returning students, a lot of you may be looking at it with excitement (finally taking classes that are related to your interests or starting some sort of research) or with dread. For me, it's always a mix of both, but the semester always proves to be filled with so many interesting surprises.
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