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02 November 2011

I just submitted my Apps!!! :D

So for seniors and uber prepared youngsters the stress of what to do after graduation can be pretty daunting. Well for me it was! After some soul searching for a couple of months I decided that I wanted to go to pharmacy school and then do a residency in clinical toxicology. At first I disregarded Pharmacy since I didn’t want to fill bottles at Walgreens, but then I really started doing my research and found about the TONS of things you can do with a pharmacy degree outside of retail. So here I am on my path to pharmacy school all ready for pharm school….then…BAM! Apps slapped me in the face!....BUT then I slapped back and now I’m done with apps! Yay! (crossing fingers for UCSF)

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05 October 2011

AHHH SO MUCH TO DO!!!

So just for your info the last day to change grading is October 28!!!! Put this on your calendar!!! Well it’s time for telebears again!! Remember to fill out your form BEFORE meeting with your advisor. You have no idea how many students come with nothing. Be prepared and your meeting will be super fast =)

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07 September 2011

Hot Mess right now, but you should be an MEB OR MOL TOX MAJOR!!!

It's only the 3rd week and I'm already in hot mess mode. Classes are starting and already everything is chaotic like it usually is. Luckily I'm over 13 units so that's half the battle. If, however, you are on the waitlist for more than half of your classes don't sweat! First for most classes usually a lot of the people that are on the waitlist eventually get in. Heck as a unit hoarder myself I started at 22 units and eventually dropped 8 units worth of classes. Also if you drop classes it will now cost you $$$$.

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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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06 March 2011

We peer advise AND listen =D

So after deciding what I wanted to write about for this post I realized that I have exhausted much of the main topics (telebears, midterms, etc.) SOOO I’m going off the grain on this one. I know that as PALs we mostly give academic advice. To recommend classes to take, when to sign up and what websites to do this on. BUT we are peer advisors meaning we can advise on a lot of different things! There are bios on all the PALs on the billboard in 260 mulford and from that you can see we are all pretty different and involved in many different groups, activities and are just different. So why wouldn’t you just want to sit with one of use and just talk about random stuff! Some of the most memorable moments for me during office hours are not just about academics but having casual conversations about issues and dilemmas about LIFE in general. So if you are around mulford chat with us! My expertise is of course in advising in school related activities …..but I also serve a mean convo about food, research, roommates, boys, volunteering, social life, Rihanna, guinea pigs or just about anything cool.

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18 December 2010

You should be a PAL!

One sad thing about fall semester being over is some of our PALs will be graduating (tear). The good thing about this is now you (yes you!) can apply to be a PAL (smile!). The requirements are pretty simple. Just be in a declared CNR major, sophomore standing (30+ units), have at least a 3.0 GPA and dedicate at least 2 semesters. There are so many perks, however, that no wonder many PALs stay in the program until the graduate. You are not only a representative for CNR but you get to talk to many other undergrads and get to go to events and do outreach to recruit more people into CNR. Another perk is the food at the events and meetings. Without PAL I would have never discovered delicious white chocolate truffle cheesecake with berries YUM. Also another big reason to apply is so you can better get to know the current PALs! http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/pal.php

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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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