Hello, there! There is so much that the UC Berkeley community has to offer to students in resources and opportunities that it can be overwhelming to absorb at once, or easy to miss. In this post, I’ll be presenting some resources to help you achieve your academic and post-graduation goals at Cal; feel free to skip to a section you’re interested in (or take it all in if you’re ambitious). I hope you come out with at least one more resource you haven’t heard of!
Academic Support and Enrichment
  • Student Learning CenterStop by for drop-in tutoring on a variety of technical subjects, social science, and writing, as well as semester-long guided study groups! Provides help on academic success and strategic learning. Also offers programs serving transfer students and international students. Located in the Cesar Chavez Center.
  • Berkeley ConnectTaken as a 98BC or 198BC course Berkeley Connect provides students with a personal graduate student mentor and connects them with a network of professors, students and alumni. Each semester includes one-on-one advising sessions, small group discussions, special networking events, and field trips to explore all the campus has to offer students. Visit the website to see which departments offer Berkeley Connect.
  • Earning Your Degree: A Guide for Students in the College of Letters and ScienceA comprehensive guide to navigating your path to earning a degree in the College of Letters & Sciences as a freshman or transfer student admit. Includes information to help with program planning, managing grades and academic standing, and more.
  • Professors/GSIs, Undergraduate Major Advisers, L&S Advisers – It can be intimidating at first to reach out to them during a difficult time in your course or academic progress, but they can become important mentors in helping you strategize and giving you informed support
  • Scholarship ConnectionUC Berkeley’s clearinghouse for information on scholarships that are funded outside of the University, including prestigious scholarships. Check it out now, as many of these scholarships have eligibility requirements restricted to juniors and under!
  • Prizes and Honors (Academic Senate Committee on Prizes)Get rewarded and recognized for creative expression and scholarly achievement! Contests range from poetry to music composition, with a range of focuses such as Jewish studies, international relations, and American wit and humor.
  • Student Advocate’s Office: Academic DivisionHelps students with any academic disputes they may have with the university, including grade appeals, enrollment, unfair testing conditions, and more.
Professional Growth
  • Career Counseling LibraryTrouble figuring out WHAT you want to do? These counselors aim to help you explore majors, careers and graduate programs. You can speak with a counselor on a drop-in or appointment basis. Tools for professional and personal exploration, including Eureka and the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator, are completely FREE for students! Located in the courtyard of the Tang Center on 2220 Bancroft Way.
  • Career CenterTrouble figuring out HOW to do WHAT you want to do? The Career Center (located on Bancroft Way) holds professional advising appointments, workshops, networking events, and more. Additionally, you can explore tons of opportunities using their online job-search tool, Handshake!
  • SAGE Scholars ProgramThe Student Achievement Guided by Excellence Scholars Program is one of the few programs on campus that exposes students to the professional world through classes that teach business skills and etiquette, internship opportunities, and provides a network of support as they transition from schools to their careers.
  • Department newsletters – Many major departments send out regular newsletters to subscribers, filled with year-round local and remote opportunities. You may not need to be declared in that major to subscribe. Check out the department websites!
  • Professors/GSIs, Undergraduate Major Advisers – Whether you’re asking about research and internship opportunities, or accessing their pool of personal experience and experience with other students with similar interests, it never hurts to develop rapport with them! Feel free to even reach out to someone in a different department if your interests lie outside of your studies.
Mental and Community Well-being
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) Satellite Offices – In addition to the main counseling office at the Tang Center, CPS also offers 10 satellite offices around or near campus to help increase counseling access for students.
  • Student-to-Student Peer CounselingStudent counselors provide free, one-on-one confidential, walk-in and phone-in services to students. They also provide extensive referrals for students seeking professional or specialized help. Hours are 10AM – 3PM, at 342 Eshleman Hall.
  • Greater Good Science CenterBased on the south side of campus, GGSC is sharing research on gratitude, altruism, compassion, empathy, forgiveness, happiness, and mindfulness. Sign up for their newsletter or check out their website for helpful articles on improving your well-being, resources, and quizzes!
  • Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEq)Located in 202 Cesar Chavez Center, GenEq is a community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. They provide many programs and services focused on four key areas: women, LGBTQ+, sexual harassment and violence, and men.
  • Multicultural Community CenterMCC strives to provide an educational space for the critical study and practice of community-based solidarity and to foster a welcoming, inclusive space for students. Located in the MLK Jr. Student Union, you will find people studying, meeting, engaging in critical dialogue, and taking part in various student and community programming. MCC provides various internship and volunteer opportunities on a number of projects; check out their website!
And, because students need access to good nutrition to achieve academic success:
  • UC Berkeley Food Pantry – Located in Stiles Hall, the Food Pantry provides emergency relief for students to fight food insecurity during tough times. Click on the link to check out their inventory and open hours.

 

Best,
Deborah – Peer Adviser