Exciting week for PALs since we had a lot of outreach events and visitors/prospective freshman!
Cal Day at CNR last Saturday (4/12) was quite a success and Cal went all out, seeing as the “cable cars” were touring around the campus! Apparently we had a competition going on for the largest academic building (VLSB) with Harvard, hence the Life Science Addition beside VLSB. I also followed part of the Cal Forestry Club’s Tree Trail Hike, and learned some characteristics about the amazing trees on campus.
The CNR Special Tour was also a great introduction for prospective students to see all the main CNR buildings. I also enjoyed talking to everyone who came to the CNR orientations and such. Hope to see you again soon!
Eco Fair at Mission College
On Thursday, Carolyn and I went down to Mission College in Santa Clara (where Carolyn transferred from) to join their Eco Fair! The tables there were amazing—discussing water and air quaility, recycling, reusable energy, wildlife protection and other environmental issues. They had amazing exhibits, and really opened my mind to ways that we can be more sustainable and environmentally-friendly.
See how the “pollutants” we put in the water affects the Bay Area.
My favorite parts were the electric cars, which Carolyn and I had fun posing next to, and the solar cooking stove!
Apparently the equipment below costs a lot to even RENT it for the day! The reflection of the sun can really heat up the stove! The chef had to be careful though, since the whole thing was super hot.
Since transportation took nearly 3 hours, I stayed at Carolyn’s house and had the honor of meeting her stray cats! Thanks for having me!!!
They were so adorbs!!!
Cat: “I wanna get in!”
Carolyn’s Sister: “Don’t even think about it.”
On Friday, I also joined Susie in the CNR Info and Q&A Session for the Overnight Stay Program. I hope we clarified any mysteries and questions you may have about Cal, CNR and being a college student in general. Don’t worry, you’ll get the acronyms soon enough! (You’ll learn more as you go. I don’t think I know all of them even as a junior!)
Overall, a very exciting month, and I know other PALs have also been involved and introduced CNR to lots of students! Keep an eye out for College Week Live online chats on Wed, 4/23: 9-12pm, 1-5pm.
Hope your semesters are wrapping up well, and Good Luck in your finals and other projects!
Here are some pictures of my Friday, including CNR PAL’s Telebears Advising!
Thanks to all of you who joined and asked us lots of great questions, as well as eating yummy cookies with us! Another big shout out to dedicated officers from BEEPS (Berkeley Environmental Economics and Policy Students), ESSA (Environmental Sciences Student Association), Forestry Club, SERC (Student Environmental Resource Center), SDA (Student Dietetic Association), and ToxSA (Toxicology Students Association) for making this event possible!
Unfortunately we had to move in due to the erratic weather, but I’m glad y’all were able to find us! Hope everyone enjoyed the yummy cookies!
I also got the BSFC’s Produce “Box” of the Week—1 bunch of asparagus, 1 bunch of chard, 2 leeks, 1 bunch of carrot, 2 apples and 2 BOXES OF STRAWBERRIES!!! Such a great deal, all organic and local, for only $15!!! It was the strawberries that really draw me in. It’s close to campus too, so you won’t need to travel far to get fresh, organic produce.
Hope everyone had a great Friday and first week back from Spring Break! Good Luck to those who have midterms next week!!!
This month is National Nutrition Month! Eating “healthily” is not the end of the world. Lean meats and vegetarian dishes (when cooked and seasoned well) can taste amazing too! Sometimes things just need a little bit more salt… (but not too much).
I baked salmon after searing it for my friend’s birthday, and it ended up a bit dry and not so salty since I only salted it a bit……. (I did “marinate” it with garlic though)
Stay tuned for more nutrition info throughout the month, and “enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!”
(Photo credit to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics click link for more info!)
I hope everyone is having a wonderful end to their three day weekend, or is scrambling around to get on that homework ;). I attended a TEDx talk last Saturday which was held at Zellerbach Hall. There was a total of seventeen talks. It sounds like a lot, but it was quite invigorating. The talks ranged from the art of innovation to a game that help save desert tortoises. A lot of the talks were definitely food for thought that made you sit back and ponder for a moment. I really enjoyed my time during this event. TEDx Berkeley holds an event every year. If you are interested in attending next year, check out their website periodically for updates on their next event in 2015. I highly recommend it! Also, UC Berkeley students are heavily discounted on the ticket price. This year was $30 for students, and $100 for general admission.
Until next time,
Carolyn - ES
Happy spring semester! Spring is in the air.
Wait, it’s still February! This beautiful weather is both a blessing and a curse. California is dry, but we college students enjoy these wonderful sunny days. (Don’t mind the rain in the forecast, the earth is thirsty)
Anyway, we PALs hope you all are enjoying these first few weeks back. We hope that you’ve gotten into all the classes you’ve been waitlisted for, or at least have come to terms with your fate and signed up for a deCal.
Over here in the Mulford side of things, we are on the hunt for new and enthusiastic peer advisors to take the place of our 5 retiring veterans. Flyers will be posted in short order, so be sure to pick one up! We will be accepting applications all semester, so tell your friends and turn in a well crafted application! If you have any questions, ask one of us, or email email@example.com! We look forward to reading your applications!
Welcome back to Berkeley!
The semester’s coming to an end, and tomorrow will be the start of the daunting finals!
We PALs wish everyone the Best of Luck on Finals, and know that you’ll all do great!
Early Merry Christmas!!!
(I’m a fan of Pusheen, so I shall share this to remind everyone of our reward by the end of this week! Original Post here.)
P.S. Remember to take breaks and eat good healthy food to stay strong!
Who’s ready for winter?
I am. It’s officially fall, but the first major rain hasn’t even come. They say it’s supposed to get here tonight around midnight, but I’m skeptical. Even though the rain will be a little bit dreary, at least it might give you the incentive to stay inside and study. Maybe your last round of midterms, or maybe you’re getting started on your final projects. I know I need some kind of incentive to study, and maybe Thanksgiving is just what I need. Everyone needs those few days off to get ready for the last few weeks of the fall semester. And pumpkin pie doesn’t hurt!
Now I’m off to work on my final projects. Good luck, y’all!
I hope everyone is doing well as we head towards the last stretch of assignments and midterms! If you are feeling stressed out, don’t worry, I got your back. What is a better way to relieve stress than to dance it out! Come join PowerSave Campus and the RSF for a 60 minute Zumba outdoor dance lesson taught by one of the RSF instructors! PowerSave Campus is a student organization on campus that encourages energy saving and efficiency. This semester, PowerSave Campus is hosting the Blackout Battles, an energy saving competition between the units. You don’t have to live in the dorms to come dance! Bring your friends and have a good time.
When: Thursday, November 21, 2013 (this Thursday!)
Location: Foothill Hillside
Also, there will be freebies given to the first 10 arrivals!
UC Berkeley’s very own Logging Sports team just returned from their first competition of the year! Cal Conclave 2013 was a success. I think I can speak for everyone when I say a great time was had by all!
In Davenport, CA we gathered this past weekend to compete in events such as horizontal chopping, single and double bucking, and axe throwing. The competition was put on by Cal Poly SLO’s team, and we were also joined by teams from Humbolt and even Northern Arizona University.
3 of our PAL’s (including myself) are on the team! Stay posted for more updates on what our PAL’s are up to!