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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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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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01 March 2011

Make the Most of Cal & STUDY ABROAD

Need a change of pace? Whether or not you think you already have too much to do or not enough, take a step back and think about what you've done so far at Cal and what you would still like to do. Not sure about the possibilities for the future? There are so many. I don't know about you, but I'm one of those multi-taskers who seem to always put too much on my plate to handle. But so far as a graduating senior who has done two study abroad programs, a minor, founded an organization, gone to Central America for a medical mission, worked in college, and volunteer at a hospital, I think I've done pretty well for myself. I want to share my varying experiences in hopes that you will have more opportunities to chose from.

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27 October 2010

Getting those A's and zzzzzzzzzz's

By now, hopefully you are done with the first round of midterms. In many cases, midterms never seem to end. So in our pursuit of A's how do we also get those zzzzzzzzzz's? Remember, getting enough sleep ensures that you are feeling good and can work as productively as possible. A's come in hand with zzzzz's. As a senior, I am finally getting more rest and sleep than ever before. I suggest you find a way to do so before becoming a senior! And remember, CNR has wonderfully comfy sofas in 260 Mulford if you ever need a comfy seat or a place to rest your head for a few moments. CNR is here for you. If you are finding that your classes are more difficult than you expected or at least pose obstacles that you did not foresee, feel free to make and appointment with an advisor to talk to them and see what they can do. Or even easier, come talk to a PAL during our tabling hours and we'll be happy to advise based on our experience--we've all been through various experiences and would love to share! The Student Learning Center is an excellent resource. One of the things I wish I could change about my time here at Cal would be to have started going to the SLC before my junior year. I highly recommend science majors to take advantage of the tutors who wait for tutees. I wish I had utilized the SLC resources for general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. It's never too late. Just try and check it out. It's also a great place to study because you can bring food inside the SLC and eat! Being at Cal isn't always about just getting those A's. I've come to realize that GSI and professor office hours are invaluable--really a once in a chance lifetime experience. Think about it, you're only at Cal for a relatively microcosmic time portion of your life. Take advantage of the resources here! Get to know your amazing professors and graduate students. Finding mentors while learning material at the same time is like hitting two birds with one stone (not literally). Speaking of animal rights, a biker ran over a squirrel last week and I was appalled. Please be careful on the roads, near the wildlife (regardless of nativity), and get some rest on your pursuit of those A's!

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28 September 2010

Managing Midterms

By this time, you have probably settled more comfortably into your living situation and life here at UC Berkeley (regardless of your class year). However, are you comfortably settling in on the prospects of midterm season (a season that seems to come in wave after wave instead of solo in the middle of the term)? Of course not. Why? Because we're mostly all hard working--or procrastinating--Cal students. No worries. You've obviously made it this far to Cal, but that doesn't mean that whatever you've been doing in the past is going to still work in your freshman, sophomore, junior, or even senior year.

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