26 October 2009
Some suggestions on how to tackle the issue of scheduling class and graduating on time
Hey everyone, I hope you have all met with your faculty advisors and have made up a tentative class schedule for upcoming spring semester. Under the influence of budget cut, you may not be able to take all the classes you have planned. It is a good idea to prepare some alternatives and try to accommodate the change with the following semesters. If it is possible, try to plan for summer schedule along with spring semester schedule. When it comes to the classes only being offered once a year, it is best to check the prerequisites in advance.
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Posted by Kay Jiaqi Yang at 2:06 | Permalink
12 September 2009
Thoughts about getting a new semester started
My last fall semester has just started at Cal. As a Cal-graduate to be, I would like to share some thoughts on how to start off a great semester, how I balance my academic workload, personal life and any other extracurricular activities that I have involved in. To me, I would try to finalize my schedule as soon as possible, preferably before school started. I personally feel like being wait-listed for classes or switching from one session to another can be stressful and problematic at times. It would always be good idea to have alternatives in mind. If you are moving into the upper division courses, it is important to follow through the time line and try to enroll in classes that only being offered once a year. Another thing to take into considerations would be trying to avoid any final conflicts if possible. Studying will become a more enjoyable experience and easier to manage when you can efficiently pace yourself. Once I have my course schedule set up as the centerpiece, I can start work around it and fill up my time with other activities (both on-campus or off-campus).
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Posted by Kay Jiaqi Yang at 1:24 | Permalink
19 November 2008
Some ideas for Internship and Research positions
It is the time of the year when everyone is finishing up the last midterms, and now awaiting for finals. Winter break will be right around the corner along with the holiday season. I hope everyone can take a break from busy school work and also enjoy the holiday with friends and family. I personally think that winter break would be a good time to explore and look around for summer internship and research opportunities.
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Posted by Kay Jiaqi Yang at 3:17 | Permalink
12 October 2008
It is time to map out your new schedule-some thoughts on getting ready for telebears registration
I realized that time has gone by so fast as usual. Second midterms are right around the corner. I think for most of students have started to buckle down to prepare for these upcoming challenges. I think prioritizing seems to be the most effective way to accomplish goals and to manage stress level during midterm season. I hope while most of you are busy to juggle between studying and extracurricular activities on campus, keep in mind that planning ahead for your next semester's schedule can also reduce your stress level significantly. From my past experience, being wait-listed for some of your major core classes or the classes that you found yourself interested in could create unnecessary stress.
Before the date and time for your telebears phase I, be sure that you have a chance to meet with your faculty advisors and get your CCN ready. It is very important that you do not put it off until the day before your phase I, chances are your faculty advisers might be all booked or preoccupied with other obligations. Since we only have limited units for phase I, we have to make careful selection. For those of you who are freshman and sophomore, or if you are still in a process of completing some of your lower division requirements as a junior status, I recommend to sign up for lower division classes first in phase I, especially for those classes with a lab component. Be sure you can enroll yourself in both lecture and lab. Some of the highly impacted lower division science classes only have very limited seats for each lab section, although it might be acceptable to take the lab in another semester in some cases, I think it will be a better learning experience for you if you can take them co-currently. That will also eliminate the chance of putting you on hold for some of your upper division classes. For those of you who are junior and senior status, who are in process of completing your upper division core classes and fulfilling your elective requirements, you can sign up for the upper division core classes that are usually popular. I think you can also go ahead to sign up for your electives, especially for those are offered in another department and tend to fill up fast. In some situations, it is a better strategy to wait on some of the upper division classes if they are only reserved for major students. You can sign up for other classes tend to be more impacted in phase I , and then sign up for the rest of your upper division classes in phase II, since you will have a secured spot as a major student. But do keep in mind that, you should leave those time slots open for your major classes to avoid schedule conflicts and hassle of re-scheduling by the time when phase II comes. I think it might a good idea that you do notify your professors if you cannot enroll in your upper division classes during phase I , which are only designated to major students. Let them know you will be enrolled in phase II. I hope this will help out. If there is any concerns i have not mentioned, feel free to e-mail me or come talk to me during office hours. I will be holding my office hour every Tuesday, from 12-2pm, outside of 260 Mulford.
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