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

08 March 2007

Favorite things

When I don't have to prepare for a midterm or when I have some free time, I often feel the urge to destress. Below are a few things that I like to do to help relax and rejuvenate myself after a midterm or stressful day. ~ Read a novel over the weekend. Some of my favorite authors are Jane Austen, Edith Wharton, Charlotte Bronte, Amy Tan. I like to read books that leave you with a new perspective on life and the intricate relationships between people in general.

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29 January 2007

Brand new year, New resolutions:)

Hi everyone, I hope the new semester has started out well for everyone in CNR:) As for me, I caught a bad flu for the first 2 weeks of school. So, on my list, I am definitely adding "get flu shots" during flu season this year! But aside from the flu, a lot has been going on for me in the last two weeks. After a grueling winterbreak spent with PCAT books and old notes from ochem and bio....I finally took my PCAT this last saturday. If anything, it is five hours of hard work...but I think and sincerely hope that all my preparation paid off. Continuing with my list, I am hoping to make more use of my Pharmacy Technician licence this year and get some experience in a community pharmacy, which is a field that I have come to feel very passionate for. And towards the middle of this year, I will be officially starting my pharmacy applications and applying to pharmacy school. As it looks, 2007 will be a very academic year for me, and I will try my best to put forth all my strength and determination. If anyone has questions for me regarding the PCAT test, pharmacy technician exam, or anything else, please feel free to come talk to me:) I would be delighted to meet you.

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18 September 2006

How to enrich your college life^_^

Besides attending classes, there are a variety of opportunities for fun and enriching extracurricular activities around campus. I hope every CNR student would consider joining a student group or volunteering service that best fits his or her interests. Not only do these activities add sparkle to your resume, but they also help you become more aware and knowledgeable about the field that you are interested in. In addition, they are a lot of fun and a good way to network and make friends who share common interests and passions. Ever since freshman year, I have been a part of a chinese cultural club called CPU (Chinese People Union). It has enriched my life so much here at CAL and given me an opportunity to reconnect with my Chinese roots. I remember in my freshmen year, around this time when the Chinese Moon holiday was around the corner, I felt very much alone. But CPU held a social event where we all gathered at the Marina and celebrated this holiday under the moonlight. And throughout the semester, there are many more such social events that give students a chance to relax and enjoy themselves. Within this diverse campus, I am glad that I have been able to find a club that has given me a feeling of home:) Also, I have been a volunteer at the University Tang Center for two consecutive years. I have volunteered in several departments such as the dermatology clinic, administrative services, optometry clinic, and the pharmacy. Each of these departments train you in becoming familiar with the general aspects of the work that they do and also gives you a chance to help out the doctors and staff. I have always been interested in pharmacy and medication. And after volunteering at the pharmacy through the Tang Center, I have discovered my interest in going into the field of Nutritional Pharmaceuticals. I believe that medication can be a healthy way of promoting health in addition to a well balanced diet and lifestyle. Working with the pharmacy technicians and pharmacist there has allowed me to get hands on experience in the field of pharmaceuticals. So, in addition to studying hard for your classes, take a little time to enjoys yourselves and discover your interests:) If you have any further questions about school, studying, or life in general, feel free to stop by for a chat^_~

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13 September 2006

Why I am a PAL again=)

Dear students, I am so glad to be back at Cal for my last year. And even more excited about being a peer advisor! Being a peer advisor last semester has given me the opportunity to develop my leadership and communication skills in countless ways. I got to participate in events such as CAL day and spoke on panels that were held last spring. And that is only a few of the many reasons why I am back again this semester. What i enjoy most within the PAL program is the advising hours during which i get to talk to you guys! Through advising, I have learned so much more about CNR as well as the wide range of opportunities that are available. Finally, I am certainly eager to help those incoming freshmen who are just a little bit scared and confused about their majors and career paths. Because not too long ago, I was in your same shoes. So, please come visit any of us, we will try our best to help you:)

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