Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Get Ready for the New Look

I've been working on a new layout for the good ol' blog here. If you've been to the new Berkeley websites, you've noticed all the cool new links and flash testimonials on the front page. I'm hoping to do the same with this blog. Also, I want to make it more interactive. There's nothing better than getting feedback from you guys. Freshmen, persepective students and current students email me every week with questions and comments. I want to thank all you guys for that and would appreciate it if you kept them coming!

As for school, its been pretty dandy. I'm officially a huge fan of online learning. I feel that I have a much better understanding of the subjects since I'm responsible for all the reading and comprehension.

My Feminist Theory and Political Science are also pretty cool. They're critical thinking courses where you have to read some essays and stats and make your own opinion based on the readings. In feminism, I get to read about women in the past who fought for my right to vote, choose and say what I want. And what better time to take Political Science than September to December. I get to learn about the government during the biggest political event in our young lives! This is my first time voting and I can honestly say that my vote will me an educated choice. :D

Speaking of voting, I'm actually anxious about it. The closer the date comes, the more nervous I get. I'll admit that I'm still undecided. I still have about 2 weeks to make a decision but wowee...I'm still in a tossup.

In not asking who you're voting for, but is anyone else in the same boat? Don't know who to vote for yet? I mean, there so much pressure right now for all of us to choose one of the other. Sometimes, its hard to cut through all the propaganda and make our own decision. It's a lot of pressure, you know?

Leave your opinions in the comments section or send me an email. I know I can't be the only one super excited/freaked out about voting.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Studying Makes a Difference

I'm not gonna lie. I'm not one to study. It's never been " my thing". Usually, I would just listen to what goes on in class and get all my information from there. But lately, that hasn't been working.
Two words.

These classes are entirely up to you for learning. You are in charge or reading the chapter and you're in charge of making sure you have a grasp on all the materials you'll be tested on.

The first week, I thought I could pull off a good grade by skimming the chapter, getting the key terms and reading the chapter summary. Boy, was I wrong! I got a 55 on my graded (and timed!) assignment. It stunk.

The next week, I stayed in the library after all my classes and got down to actually reading the whole chapter. It only took my an hour. (Remember, I'm not much of a studybug so this short time of reading kinda surprised me.) Then, I did some of the review questions at the end of the chapter to make sure I can all the materials down. The next graded assignment, I didn't even need the book to refer back to! I got an 85 all by myself. And yes, I did give myself a pat on the back.

So, studying made a HUGE difference.

If you're not much of a studybug either, I suggest trying to stick to the Berkeley Library for studying. There's tons of cubicles here in the Garret Mountain campus where you can cut off the rest of the world for an hour and get some work done. It makes a really big difference. Trust me. ;-)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wake Up and Register!

Alright guys. We have until the 14th of this month to register. If you haven't yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

If you're not too sure on how to register, I'll break it down for you...
-Go here. (www.rockthevote.com)
-fill out the questions
-print it out
-send it through snail mail.

You don't even HAVE to vote in November but its a pretty good idea to register anyway. If by chance, one day you wake up with the sudden urge to choose our new President, you'll have the option to do so.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Fall 2008! Hello, Everyone.

It's fall quarter 2008! Welcome back everyone! and Welcome all Freshmen! Hope you all enjoyed the summer weather because the cold has made a comeback this week!

I'm taking a little break from my reading to catch everyone up on what's up with little old me. This is currently my last fall quarter! I'm a hop, skip and a jump away from completing school and graduating with my Bachelors! But first, back to reality. :) I decided to condense my school days into on-campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. This way I can balance work, school and my family with ease. I dedicate the onsite days entirely for school. From the moment I step foot on campus (8:30am) until 7pm, I will be getting all my homework done. I want to take advantage of having all the books and references I need to do my assignments in the library.

Tomorrow, I'll be finishing up my first round of assignments for my new classes. I love my classes this quarter! Here's the line-up. Political Science, Feminist Thought, Consumer Behavior and International Trade. The onsite ones are very interactive. They're primarily forum based so it's professor-to-student and student-to-student talks.

Im looking forward to classes tomorrow! Summer was very slow so Im glad to have a bustling, full campus around.

By the way, has anyone seen the new Berkeley website? Isn't it very Myspace looking? It's so much easier to navigate through. Thumbs up to the web designers!