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28 November 2011

Externship deadline extended!

Hey everyone, the externship deadline has extended to Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 8am. Don’t miss out on your chance to shadow a UC Berkeley alumnus (or alumna) during your winter break.

Ever since my freshmen year, I have shadowed our Berkeley alumni every winter break. As an extern, it is the perfect chance to experience the job environment and to realize first hand whether that career is a fit for you. Hurry and check out all the externships at

If you are wondering what I did these past two years, feel free to swing by during my office hours and I would be more than happy to share my externship experiences.

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01 November 2011

Make the Best of Winter Break!

Wow, can you believe it is already November? Where has the semester gone! Hopefully you all are surviving midterms and finding some time for fun! With just a little over a month left a school it is time to start thinking about winter break! Here are some interesting ideas to make your winter break useful:

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19 September 2011

If I could be a freshman or sophomore again…

I still find it hard to believe that I am at the halfway point in college. If I could be a freshman or sophomore again I would make sure that I do the following from the start
  1. Know what you can handle.
  2. Make use of your summer
  3. Plan ahead

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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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Posted by Fabian Collazo at 0:48 | Permalink

23 November 2010

how to make use of winter break

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is well and doing something relaxing if not necessarily fun for thanksgiving :) I just wanted to share a few resources with you on how to best utilize your winter break. Last week CNR hosted a workshop titled "Involvement opportunities for winter and spring break" and I found it really useful. I know from personal experience that many students want to engage in activities during breaks but don't necessarily know where to look for opportunities. Well, this is a great post to check out if you are one of those students :) I want to specially thank Elodie right here since she was kind enough to compile a lot of the talking points in writing. Much thanks Elodie :)

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06 November 2009

Thanksgiving Away From Home

I know that many students at CAL choose to spend the holidays close to campus instead of going home. Finals are right after the Thanksgiving holiday and travelling can be extremely time consuming. In order to avoid homesickness during the holidays I’d suggest getting together with a group of friends and sharing Thanksgiving dinner at someone’s apartment if possible. The adventure of cooking Turkey-day dinner can be quite a fun bonding experience for friends if everyone helps out or chooses to take on smaller tasks so it’s not overwhelming for the host. This also can generate a family like atmosphere here on campus once you have celebrated together. There are a few things you should know before attempting to make a turkey if you have never done so. First make sure the turkey is fully thawed out before you cook it otherwise it won’t cook right. Second put the turkey in the oven pretty much right when you get up in the morning, yes it does take a turkey all day to cook. And lastly, definitely use a meat thermometer to make sure the middle is done. The last thing you want is food poisoning when you are trying to study for finals. On that positive note, enjoy!

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03 June 2009

What am I up to this summer?

This summer I am doing clinical research at the Berkeley Optometry center here in UC Berkeley. So far I have just survived my third day at work. I started training on Monday and there are lots of office tasks and different experiment procedures to learn. You know those flyers on the bulletin boards in different buildings that say "Do you wear glasses?", "Soft contact lens studies" or "Toric Lens studies"? I realized that I will be one of those people assisting the experiments.

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Posted by Julie Zhu at 7:41 | Permalink

10 May 2009

My Summer Plans

In two weeks I will be leaving for Uganda, and I'm really excited! I am going to be working with the Uganda Village Project, a non-profit providing sustainable public health projects in the Iganga District of Uganda. I have never been to Africa before, so I'm excited, but at the same time I don't really know what to expect. I'm pretty much ready to go; I got my malaria pills, my passport, my plane ticket. I will be there for two and a half months, with no electricity, flushing toilets, or running water.

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