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18 March 2011

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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10 March 2011

My 5 All Time Favorite Classes at Cal

As a senior majoring in Nutritional Science, I've taken a great deal of classes at Cal. I've enjoyed many of these classes over the years, and I have narrowed down my top 5 all time favorite classes that I believe all UC Berkeley students should take.

1. Nutritional Science 10: Introduction to Nutritional Sciences This was the class that convinced me to major in Nutritional Sciences! Taking this class changed the way I viewed food and helped me be more conscious about the foods I ate. I definitely eat a more balanced diet now than I did before. I love biology and this class reviews basic topics covered in AP Biology. It also makes you realize how important nutrition is to your health since many ailments can arise with an inadequate diet.

2. Environmental Science 10: Introduction to Environmental Sciences This class introduces you to the environmental problems that we face today, such as our limited supply of freshwater, the impacts of global warming, and the increase in solid wastes. It taught me how important it was to lead a more sustainable lifestyle since our resources, such as freshwater and fossil fuels, are running out. I believe that every student in Berkeley should take this class because it makes you more aware of how fragile our ecosystem is and what steps we should take in order to preserve it. Simply making a few small changes in your daily habits, such as not leaving the water running when you brush your teeth or turning off appliances or lights that are not in use, can make such a huge difference.

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18 December 2010

Semester is Oooover!

So I finished finals on Wednesday and have spent the past couple of days just eating, sleeping and again eating. Now that classes are over I guess I can take about the amaaaaazing classes I took in the fall.

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05 October 2010

Telebears?! Yay new classes!

So I guess it’s that time of the year again…TELE-BEARS!!!! Earlier today I went to Mulford (and so should everybody since it is so amazing!) and picked up my telebears form in 260 so as to get ready for planning. CNR makes it especially easy with its emails and computerized scheduling system so that I could choose what convenient time to see my academic adviser, but first I have to see my faculty adviser. Luckily many of the advisers are nice and after only a short email transaction I’m now scheduled to see my faculty adviser this Friday. This is pretty nice since my appointment with Jenny is on Monday and you have to see your faculty adviser before you can see your academic adviser. Now for some of the classes I highly recommend for spring:

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13 October 2009

TELEBEARS IS HERE! Spring 2010 advice on classes?

Telebears is here! The big question is... What classes do you take?! Don't go completely crazy yet, we can figure this out. Taking the wrong combination of classes here at UC Berkeley can make a student crawl into a hole and never want to come out. Never fret, CNR PALS are coming to your rescue! I have some quick tips on how I've come to select classes....

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09 March 2007

My Favorite Classes are...

My favorite class at Cal has definitely been Bio 1B field studies section! Best class ever! We got to go outside and do field work and walk around in the streams and collect insect samples rather then sitting in a stuffy room for 4 hours to look at phylogeny work sheets! :(

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Posted by Jenn Quan at 1:11 | Permalink

09 March 2007

My favorite class

My favorite class at UC Berkeley is IB 140, human sexuality. I learned so many things in this class! There are many classes that we need to take at Berkeley that are not relevant to our daily lives, but IB140 is definitely not one of them. Each lecture our teacher covered topics that were practical in our real life.

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10 February 2007

My favorite courses

There are a lot of classes that I enjoyed at Cal. For my upper division classes, I would recommend NST 107 and NST 301. The reason I choose to talk about these two classes on my blog is the uniqueness and fun experiences I had from the courses. NST 107 is a food science class, which is a food lab class. We studied the science of food. We cooked and baked, using different ingredients or cooking method to study the science of how different factors would affect the end product. The most important thing is you got to taste both the good and bad products. It is one of the interesting labs I have ever taken in my college years studying science! NST 301 is a Nutrition Education class, I got the chance to plan and deliver seven lessons in Nutrition to elementary school in Berkeley School District. It was a really fun experience to have in a dietetics study. It was very memorable and building my confidence in a big group of people and being evaluated by the class teacher. If you are interested to know more about my favorite courses I have taken at Cal or get to know more about classes in the Dietetics curriculum, you are welcome to talk with me during my office hours at 11-12pm and 3-4pm on Mondays!

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15 February 2007

my favorite classes so far...

Hi there! My favorite classes at Cal so far have been Public Health 116 and ESPM 50ac. Public Health 116 is a seminar on social, political, and ethical issues in health and medicine. ESPM 50AC is an introductory course on natural resource management, and about how different culture groups make use of natural resources in different ways.

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14 February 2007

Favorite Classes at Cal

This topic is way too hard! At least I can pick more than one class. If I had to pick only one class, it would be an agonizingly difficult decision to make. Anyhow, my favorite class outside of CNR is easily German 157, which was on how Luther, Kant, and Hegel (German philosophers) thought out the concept of freedom. My favorite ESPM courses are silviculture (185), tree taxonomy (108A), forest ecology (102A), and forest operations (182). These all involve exciting, adventurous field trips. Tree Tax had the best field trip. It was taught by Ralph Boniello, an ESPM grad student. We took a field trip through the Sierra Nevada and looked at tree species and their ecosystems, from oak woodlands to

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09 February 2007

Interesting Classes

Berkeley has so many different classes to choose from that it can be overwhelming when it comes time to sign up for classes. I tend to like all of my classes in some shape or form because I always learn something new or come to some sort of realization. My favorite classes so far have been from the Theater, Dance, and Performance (T, D, &P) Department. I have an interest in the arts, especially dance, so I hope to minor in Dance and Performance Studies. One of them is T, D, &P 52AC, which has a really long title, but all in all, it’s a dance history class. If you have an interest in dance, it’s a really easy class, in which you watch examples of dance and analyze different aspects of dance, including race, gender, and ethnicity. I also love T, D, &P 40 Beginning Modern Dance, which is a technique class. I have missed having a dance class everyday, so I absolutely love it! Plus, it makes me feel more awake afterwards.

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05 February 2007

My Favs...

My favorite classes here at CAL are Ethnic Studies 150AC: People of Mixed Racial Descent, NST 171: Toxicology Lab, PH150A: Intro to Epidemiology, TAGALOG 1A: Intro to Tagalog, THAI 1A: Intro to Thai. The ETHSTD 150AC was a great class that really was eye opening. The teacher was Prof. Allen. He is a great teacher because he makes what you are learning interesting and he really engages your attention with the way he presents it. It let me learn about racial history from blacks to asians to native americans to mexicans and showed me different experiences of interracial people. The work load was not too bad. We had to read novels and write a one page paper relating to the novel. We had one midterm which consisted of mostly being able to define terms used in class. And we had a final project which they gave everyone the freedom to design their own project. There were really no requirements, excepting discussing it with the professor or GSIs to make sure it would be an appropriate project for the class. My final project really opened my eyes to the experiences of my friends and family and how they had been treated as an interracial person or a person in an interracial relationship. It was so much fun!!

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05 February 2007

My favorite class so far...

My favorite class at Cal so far is a class I had taken as a freshman: EPS 39A. It's a freshman/sophmore seminar that teaches students about California geology with weekly lectures and a 3 day camping trip! My camping group's theme was "Fire and Ice" and we got to basically look at glacial markings in Lake Tahoe (ice) and volcanoes near Mono Lake (fire). It was one thing to listen and look at slides in class and quite another thing to actually go on mile long hikes and touch the mountain sides ourselves. We visited a lake where all the trees surrounding it were dead because of the sulfur leaking out from the lake floor and also took a dip in a natural hotspring. As a freshman I was shy and quiet and this class really opened me up.

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05 February 2007

Some of my favorite classes

Although some of my upper division courses in dietetics have been quite interesting, I really enjoyed classes outside of my major. I really enjoyed taking Music 26AC, music in American Culture. This class focused on music history throughout the 20th century. Professor Brinner taught the course beginning with folk music and ending with rock music in the late 1990s. You got to sample music from different cultures as well as share your own musical experiences with classmates. I also enjoyed taking music courses to fulfill my music minor. I took Music 49B and Music 49C. These were musicianship classes that taught music theory, sight singing and basic harmony. By the end of the classes, I learned how to compose my own chorales! Learning about music history and improving my musical skills helped to balance out the many science courses that I was taking. I'm glad I could take classes at Berkeley that satisfied my interests outside of nutrition.

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Posted by Crystal Kwan at 4:21 | Permalink

05 February 2007

most memorbale class...

so far, after finishing all the science prereqs for med school and taking some lower and upper div nutritional sciences classes for my nutrisci-physiology/metabolism major, i must say that NST 106 was a blast! I took it last semester, fall 06, with Dr. DeLumen. He certainly is a very nice and friendly guy; too bad i didnt go to office hours or talked to him more. Other than that, i must admit that i learned a lot of stuff in that class pertaining to everyday food choices and eating. I met a lot of cool people and really had a lot of fun. I was never bitter or tired whenever i needed to study for that class because the info was really interesting and fun. I really recommend this class because its not just something you have to learn; it is a fun, relaxing class in which you get to learn a lot of stuff without the stress. How nice! =D i hope i can take that class again! i really miss it!!!

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01 February 2007

My Two Cents

Word of mouth is one of the top ways to hear about some of the best courses offered at Cal. If you need to fulfill a requirement and have a couple of courses to choose from, I highly suggest that you talk to your peers who have taken the classes or your advisor. It is much better to get an insider’s view rather than choosing blindly. Currently, the PAL Program has a survey out that is getting student feedback on various courses offered at Cal, so soon you will have that resource too. I have enjoyed all my courses (some a little more than others), but a few of them stand out as my favorite classes for one reason or another. First, I really enjoyed Bio 1A. I took it over the summer, so it was a fast passed, tough class that took a lot of time and commitment; however, it was well worth it. If you are interested in general biology then this is the class for you. Don’t be scared off by its reputation as a hard class because it is so interesting that you don’t really notice that the material is tough. What was refreshing about this class is that it covered a wide range of material, yet it was still detailed enough to get a worthwhile experience. Bio 1A was my favorite class up until I took NST103. NST103 is a great course because you learn everything you need to know about how our bodies digest, absorb, and use nutrients. Not only is the material fascinating, but Dr. Fleming is a wonderful professor who truly cares about her students understanding and retaining the information she teaches. You don’t have to be a nutritional science major to appreciate this class, it is knowledge that everyone can enjoy (as long as you have a passion for science and have previously taken biochemistry). Lastly, I would highly recommend PH 162A, a microbiology class that focuses on infectious diseases. This was one of my required courses and I didn’t know what to expect going into it. As the semester progressed I came to love this class. It is a useful class for all to take because you can apply every aspect of it to your life. There were several times in class that I thought, “I have always wondered about that.” This class not only answers a lot of common questions but it goes above and beyond. There are so many amazing classes offered at UC Berkeley that it is hard to go wrong. However, if you are having a hard time choosing your classes don’t forget to use your resources. Come by my office hours if you would like to hear more about these classes or any other classes that I have taken and would suggest you take (especially if you’re a Dietetics major).

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