Blog of the Peer Advising Leadership Program, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

23 April 2011

Keep your eye on the prize

The end is near!! The end of the semester that is.. As the last week of lecture begins and the despair and anxiety of finals looms, stay focused and keep in mind: you're almost done! While wrapping up final projects, papers, and preparing to buckle down for the finals crunch, things can get pretty stressful. Just know, at the end of this toiling journey is the bright shiny reward of summer! Then you can travel, study abroad, visit friends, take some more classes, or my personal goal, try as many new restaurants and eat as many things as possible. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here...we have yet to reach the end of our journey.

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21 April 2011

So you wanna join a research lab?

An accessory on level with the latest iphone and miniature dog, lab research is a must have for biology majors. Just the idea of getting published and wearing the coveted lab coat as an undergrad is making swarms of bio majors fight for such positions through URAP or SPUR. The constant reminder of today's slow economy has only escalated the rush to get these spots. Especially with the reverence of Berkeley biology professors it seems impressive to slap onto your resume “research assistant” next to the name of a professors who is considered an academic god and has published more papers than one can read. We are often bombarded with people telling us how research is a necessity for professional/grad school, summer internships and boy does it show. Tips on how to get positions in labs and what to expect have often been a focus of many people who come to office hours (yeah so just FYI those that come to OH get lots of insider info on classes, lab and stuff so if you are ever unsure or need advice on stuff come talk to us! =D). Now for the tips!

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21 April 2011

Top Ten Reasons to Visit CNR Peer Advisors (PAL) for Drop-in Office Hours

  1. We are a group of awesome CNR students you have to meet and get to know before you graduate from UC Berkeley.
  2. We shower you with advice and personal experience
  3. We guide you when you are feeling lost
  4. We provide information about CNR policies and University requirements
  5. We assist you with scheduling classes for Tele-BEARS
  6. We provide insights on different majors in CNR
  7. We answer your school related questions
  8. We are available for drop-in office hours at 260 Mulford
  9. We are here for YOU!!!
  10. ***
***Come to drop-in to find out

See you soon!

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20 April 2011

Lets have a chit chat!

It can get quite lonesome at the peer advising table sometimes, so next time you're about to enter or leave 260 Muldford and have a few minutes, stop by and say "Hi." We don't have to talk about school-related topics, there are so many other things to talk about. For example, have you gone to Cinnaholic yet? It's that cute little vegan bake shop on Oxford St. near Center St...If you haven't, then you should definitely try them, they're delicious (and don't forget to show your student id for a discount!). You guessed it, I'm a total food junkie! I'm on the hunt for a good falafal place, so if you know of one, please stop by my advising hours on Thursdays from 1-3 and let me know.

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17 April 2011

The Beginning of the End

So what could a graduating senior possibly have left to share before leaving Cal for the "real world"... Just having finished taking the MCAT yesterday, I am now free to think of the fast approaching end to my time here at Cal. Unfortunately, or rather luckily, Cal doesn't have a medical school, so I am thus forced to seek higher higher education elsewhere. But before I depart on my tremendous journey in the pursuit of happiness (aka delayed gratification after years in med school), I'd like to help those setting afoot here at Cal for the first time.

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17 April 2011

Acceptance and My Freshman Semester

I will never forget the day I electronically submit my intent to go to Cal on the myBerkeleyAPP page. In fact, I saved a screenshot of it. Going to Cal not only marked a milestone in my life, but in my family's life. I was to be the first person in my family to go to an American 4-year university. My dad was in China at the time, and I remember my mom calling him as soon as I got the email that I was accepted to Cal (along with other places I got accepted to) even though it was the middle of the night in China time. Ten hours later, around 4 AM, a bunch of my cousins called me to congratulate me. Apparently my dad was so excited that he ran around telling my relatives in China about me going to Cal.That was a moment that I will never forget. Sorry for the sidetrack. Fast Forwarding.....

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12 April 2011

Tele-Bears Strategies (Phase I vs. Phase 2?)

Here are the basics of Tele-Bears:

During Phase I, you can sign up for a maximum of 10.5 units. Units for courses that you are on the waiting list for also count toward this 10.5 unit limit. The reasoning behind this is to distribute the distribution of class sign-ups and prevent "shopping around"-where people sign up for classes that they are sure to drop.

Generally, you should use Phase I to enroll in priority courses or classes that fill up quickly. You can check the Online Schedule of Classes (schedule.berkeley.edu) to see how full any particular course is and decide which classes to sign up for in Phase I.

Here are some tips for making those decisions:

  • Typically, if an elective is almost full, you might want to take that over a required class that is almost empty.
  • If you are taking a CNR class that is required for your major, chances are that there will be reserved seats for your major. Even if you don't get in Phase II, there will most likely be special considerations and the instructor might give you a course code. (Essentially, you have a better chance of getting in.)
  • Check to see if your classes are offered the semester after (i.e. if you are enrolling for fall, is the class offered during spring?) If you don't get in one of them, there is the option of taking it after the upcoming semester. On the other hand, if you don't sign up for a class that is ONLY offered during spring or fall, you won't be able to take it for another year.
  • When navigating the Online Schedule of Classes, make sure to click on the Current enrollment information and course restrictions (below the enrollment data). From here you can see updated enrollment information, and whether or not seats are reserved for any majors. If there are seats reserved for any major (not your own), then there are fewer seats available to you. This must be taken into consideration.

Hopefully this has helped you. Remember that Peer Advisors are tabling Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 3PM, and are open to any questions (including specific prioritizing of classes)!

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10 April 2011

Feeling stressed? Check out these tips!

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a good spring break. As the semester nears to an end, stress begins to set in. With all this nice weather and the smell of summer in the air, it can sometimes be hard to focus. With finals quickly approaching, the semester will be over before you know it. This time of year brings a lot of stress as midterms finish up and the looming threat of finals sucks the life out of students. The last few weeks of the semester are often very stressful because not only are you burnt out from the year and looking forward to summer, but the reading, labs, midterms, and papers don't let up. If you are feeling stressed, here are a few tips on how to relax and avoid being anxious about school. 1. SLEEP! As much as cramming for a midterm may feel useful, sleep is the most important thing to relieve stress! 2. Eat Healthy! Do not skip meals, especially breakfast! Make sure to eat nutritious meals throughout the day to keep you going! I always bring snacks to class so I never get too hungry. 3. BREATHE! Try taking some deep breaths when you are feeling anxious. 4. Plan a fun activity! It's always good to have something to look forward to. Try setting up a fun activity with friends as a study break. Study hard for awhile and then make sure to do something fun that has nothing to do with school. 5. EXERCISE! Going outside for a walk/run or heading to the gym is a great way to relieve stress! Maybe schedule an outdoor sporting activity with friends as a way to have social time as well as a break from school work. There are tons of other ways to relieve stress and this is just a sampling. For more info on stress and how to manage stress, check out the student health center website on stress! http://uhs.berkeley.edu/bewell/#manage They have great tips on managing stress as well as identifying causes of stress. Hope this helps! Good luck!

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05 April 2011

Exploring Majors in CNR: Workshop on April 6, 2011

Confused about what major to choose? Want to hear about other bio majors besides Integrative Biology and MCB? Then the Peer Advisors have just the thing for you! In fact tomorrow, Wednesday April 6th from 12-1 pm at 260 Mulford we are having a major workshop! We will have peers from all the different majors in CNR come by and facilitate a workshop where we tell you why we chose our major, what is so awesome about our major and the classes you can take to explore the different majors. I know when I was an underclassman, all the information about majors stem from what I read online or what other fellow underclassman have told me. It was hard to find people who were not IB or MCB to talk to about their choices but now here is the chance for you! The workshop will give you a chance to talk to people who have declared their majors already and are in the process of taking upper division courses to see if the major you were pondering about is right for you! We are here to answer any and all questions that you have on the major, whether it is difficulty in getting classes, time available to study abroad or minor or just what we think of the major in general. Feel free to drop by at anytime around 12-1 tomorrow, or if you cant come then shoot us an email or drop by our office hours! Hope to see you there!

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