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September 18, 2011 9:24 PM

Back in the day...

Seeing all the new students on campus sure brings me back to when I was wandering the campus without a clue about anything. Granted, I am only a third year and my freshman year wasn't THAT long ago, but being at college for two years sure takes a lot out of you. But enough about my stresses and woes. Here are some pro tips I wish I knew as a freshman.

1. Take fun classes while you have time. If you think you don't have enough time now, just wait a few semesters. Take classes that seem interesting to you. You don't have to cram in all your lower division pre-requisites in one semester.

2. The adults on campus (faculty, advisors, professors, GSI's) are real people too! Don't be afraid to talk to them because it could make the biggest difference in your class experience. Plus you might get research or a job out of it.

3. Make a study group you can count on. Fresh from high school, I thought I could handle anything and everything. But then, classes got hard. I needed friends, fast. Not just friends to hang out with, but friends to suffer painfully late nights (and mornings) with. This support group will last you the semester and beyond and is worth the blood sweat and tears.

4. Destress frequently in healthy ways. By this I mean exercise regularly and eat good food. It feels good, I promise.

5. While you're looking for good food, explore the Bay Area! Everyone has made it to Powell in SF, but get off a few BART stops later, and explore the food. And if you're stingy or unwilling to travel, explore the neighborhoods of Berkeley and Oakland for awesome food selection. (i.e. Berkeley Bowl, Chinatown etc.)


Hope everyone is having a great semester so far! Get ready for the midterm rush..
Don't forget to check out PAL office hours and stop by the front desk or side window in the Resource Center if you have any questions!


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