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March 12, 2010 1:10 AM

Major Madness Week

This entire week was dedicated to help students find more information about the various majors on campus. For CNR, we had many peer advisors representing different majors tabled on upper Sproul to answer any questions that students had. I hope everyone took advantage of that opportunity and talked to the peer advisors about any questions, such as transferring to CNR, declaring a major or just planning out the four year curriculum. Many of our PALs are seniors and juniors, so they have taken most of the upper div courses. Moreover, we also have transfer students as peer advisors. They can help give advice if you are a transfer student who is still finding your place on campus! Hence we are useful resources if you want to hear about our experiences: what we like about the course, what was most challenging, how to study for exams, etc.

Yesterday, I participated on the "babbling with the biological sciences" panel at stern hall. The audience was mainly composed of freshmen who want to learn more about the different biological sciences both in L&S and CNR. Again, I just want to emphasize how CNR is a much smaller college where students receive a lot more attention from their major advisors. More importantly, the PMB classes are much smaller in size as opposed to MCB courses (say, mcb102).Therefore, students have more opportunities to meet with their GSIs and professors which I think is very important if you are interested in their research and want lab experience. I remember taking one of the plant bio courses during my freshman year and asked to join my professor's lab. From then on, I was interested in participating in more research labs from different fields. Currently, I am participating in a clinical lab which is a lot more hands-on!

If you are undeclared or have an intended major in mind, it is still good to ask around to find more information about the different bio majors offered. With MB, it is alot more flexible than MCB because we can choose our electives from many different departments (PH/MCB/ESPM etc.). I personally like to take different and diverse courses because it helps me integrate the material that I am learning in a more comprehensive and broader sense. Well, anyways, if there are any lingering questions, please drop by my OH and I'm happy to helo! Stay warm and healthy during this cold midterm seasons :)

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