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March 18, 2011 9:26 PM

My Favorite Things

A few of my favorites things...superb Cal classes and wonderful ways to invest your personal life in and around Berkeley (especially before you graduate this May like me!). Time flies. But instead of being overly emotional and reminiscent, I'd rather share this blog to help those with perhaps more "Cal time" than me. My friends and I have helped each other along the way throughout these years and now it's time to pass on the knowledge.

Cal classes worthy of interest. PMB113 California Mushrooms taken alongside ESPM108A Tree Taxonamy contributed to one of the most memorable academic semesters I've had at Cal. The subjects go hand in hand fairly perfectly--if I may say so--and got me out in the field very often. Field trips include going to Humboldt for mycology in the name of science (more like mushroom forays) and busing it out to the foothills of Central California to see all those wicked trees out there. We even ate fresh pine nuts that we found. I find these little excursions and discoveries with friends and peers among the most rewarding memories I have from Cal on a personal sense. Yes, getting all the A's you can possibly grab is also a rewarding feeling, but come on. Really. Try taking classes that may perhaps spark your interest in topic that will last you a lifetime. I currently enjoy cooking up chantarelles with a little bit of olive oil and garlic during the wet season...

One more class I will mention is Professor George Roderick's ESPM192 seminar on Molecular Approaches to Environmental Problem Solving. If he or Professor Rosie Gillespie teach this class again, it would be an understatement to say TAKE IT. The title may sound boring, but this class is one of the most invaluable ones I've ever had at Cal. I'm so fortunate to have class that's truly a discussion type where well-informed and engaging (not to mention scientifically famous) guest lecturers come in to give a 50 minute lecture about their field of specialty. I've learned about topics ranging from edible vaccines to Brazil's self-sustaining biofuel economy using sugar cane.

Hot Spots worthy of interest. Even if you don't have a car, try biking around Tilden Park (I just discovered last weekend that it has a lake to hike around), take a bus to Solano Avenue in Albany, see a Cal Performance in Zellerbach Hall (50% off for students), attend a Music for Berkeley Hertz Hall free event at noon on Wednesdays, and take a stroll through the rose garden on Euclid when the weather gets better and the flowers bloom.

And most importantly, enjoy your time at Cal while achieving your dreams.

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