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April 26, 2010 9:38 PM

Almost time for summer!!!

I don't know about you guys but I am excited for summer!!! I am sick of the continuous rain for the past three month. During the summer Berkeley definitely have better weather. I have have about a month off before coming back to berkeley to take some summer classes.

I am currently looking to move into a new apartment and I KNOW that freshmen at this time is wondering what to do about housing. I would say its best to start looking now!! It was pretty hectic for me after I moved out of the dorms...I did not know where to start. Popular places to live is right by the units. You guys might not notice but there are a lot of apartments on College. A lot of apartment buildings are located right behind unit 2. Or some people who like it more quiet they move to the north side. I do not suggest living on Shattuck if you are a science major because it will take a lot of time to walk up to the science buildings.

People have also been asking me how are the classes in the summer compared to the classes during the school year. I would say that for science classes they are actually not easier. This is because they cram a lot of materials in a very short amount of time and you will have a midterm every two weeks which is very stressful for classes like organic chemistry. I took chem3B over the summer because somebody suggested to me and it was hard....yes there was slightly less materials to learn and we only had to concentrate on one class instead of three or four but it was very intense and the lab exam was the day before the final for the lecture. I did not think it was easier than o chem in the school year. But I guess it really depends what classes you take. I did here that Reading and composition classes are easier over the summer, you just concentrate in writing essays and proof reading them and a lot of editing, it's easier to concentrate in one writing class during the summer instead of taking three to four classes and writing essays on top of organic chemistry finals.

How I try to relax during the stressful months of summer school is that I like to study at different coffee shops. The background noise calms me down so I feel like I am not the only one working hard on a hot summer day. My favorite places are the FSM, cafe milano, and cafe strada.

I hope everyone do well on their finals!

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