A Day in the Life
The CNR Peer Advisor Experience
Level 3
Rebekah Kim
Molecular Toxicology major

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May 7, 2008

Nearing the End

Getting closer to the end of the spring semester can be both exciting and stressful. You can't wait to finish the school year and take on your summer plans. However, there's that one obstacle that stands in your way. Finals.

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April 7, 2008

CAL and I

After leaving UC Riverside and going to a community college in Sacramento, I initially had my mind set on going to UC Davis for my last years of college. It was a good school that would allow me to commute from home and save money. Fortunately, my parents encouraged me to look towards applying to UC Berkeley. Truth be told, I was a bit hesitate to apply because I was rejected as a freshmen admit. I realized that there was no harm in applying and decided to find out more about Berkeley.

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March 4, 2008

Got Stress?

Stress is in the air. With midterms and papers due, it's difficult to avoid it. I remember my first year in college, I got so stressed out when my first set of midterms kicked in. However, I've found ways to manage my stress as the years past. One fellow PAL mentioned excellent ways of managing your stress. I'll try and tackle ways of minimizing it through prevention (if that makes sense).

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February 7, 2008

Pulling Through

The most difficult class for me at CAL was MCB 102. I took that course my first semester and it really hit me. Personally, I didn't know what to expect when I transferred here. Although it might have been wiser to take a lighter/"easier" course load that semester, taking MCB 102 was a great learning experience. The class was fast paced with the amount of material I had to learn and to what level the professors wanted me to understand the material via exams. I initially didn't worry much until I took the first midterm. I was so devastated when I saw the grade. It was even more depressing when I saw the class distribution and noticed that my score was near the end of the scale. To make it worse, my second midterm score wasn't any better. I begin to question my intelligence and whether I was worthy of coming to Berkeley.

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September 17, 2007

This Time Last Year...

I was in the same position as some of you. I came to CAL as a transfer student so my fall semester was a bit crazy. I was taking upper division classes like biochemistry (which was quite an adventure). Nonetheless, my first semester was a learning experience.

First, don't overload yourself with a workload that you can't handle. Start out small and figure out exactly how much you can handle. Not everyone is the same. Some can handle 6 hours or less of sleep per night, a part-time job, 17 units, and be an active member of more than one club. On the other hand, if you're like me, you can only handle little more than half this load. Second, it's really important to balance everything. Academia is important. I mean, we're here to learn aren't we? However, it's also important to get involved with the campus. There are MANY opportunities at CAL that you should utilize. I regret not getting involved with things like research, clubs, etc. I was definitely missing out. Third, enjoy your experience at CAL. There were times when I wondered how I ever got into CAL and it got in the way of enjoying the Berkeley environment. I know for some people, stressing over grades and classes can have the same affect. Try to make the best out of your four years (or even more) at Berkeley. Think about it. You're at CAL, the top public university in the nation! Have fun!