Peers Blog
Schedule Planning

Schedule Planning

By now waitlists are (hopefully) mostly figured out by departments and many students have found their groove. If this isn’t the case for you, fear not! Class schedules are still flexible. You have until the end of week 5 to drop or add classes (unless you are in an early-drop-deadline class), so there is still...
Navigating the New System

Navigating the New System

As the excitement of the new semester continues, the one thing that can weigh anyone’s mood is scheduling. For returning students, learning to use new system can add onto the stress. New students, this system might look familiar if you have taken classes at a community college, since many other schools use a similar operating...
Welcome (Back)!

Welcome (Back)!

As we are grazing the start line of the Fall 2016 semester, it is important to keep in mind the process of arriving here in the first place. Some of us are back from a well-deserved break, whether that be a break after completing high school or another grueling semester of college. Some of us...
Ask Alice: Graduate School

Ask Alice: Graduate School

Ask Alice is our new advice column for students. If you have a question you want answered, feel free to email us at asklns@berkeley.edu! Dear Alice, I think I may want to attend graduate school at some point but I’m not sure where to even begin. Any suggestions? Sincerely, Lost Undergrad —————————– Dear Lost Undergrad,...
To Peer or Not to Peer? Why You Should Apply to Be a Peer Adviser

To Peer or Not to Peer? Why You Should Apply to Be a Peer Adviser

Maybe you like helping people and working as part of a team. Maybe you’re looking for a job (that pays). Maybe you just want to try something new. Maybe, if you’re like me two years ago, you’re all of these. Maybe, you should apply to be a peer adviser. “What does a typical shift as...
Ask Alice: Summer Plans

Ask Alice: Summer Plans

Ask Alice is our new advice column for students. If you have a question you want answered, feel free to email us at asklns@berkeley.edu! Dear Alice, I just realized that summer is almost here. As of right now, I do not have any plans for summer. I am curious as to what there is to...
The Back-Up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Choosing a major is difficult enough, so why are students constantly told that they must choose a backup major as well? Some majors are impacted, meaning that you must apply after completing some prerequisite courses. If you are planning to apply for an impacted major, it is very important to have a backup, since you...
House Hunters

House Hunters

As we hit the middle of the semester, there is no doubt that things are in full swing. But, it’s never too early to start thinking about the next semester, and for many, this means thinking about new housing. Whether you’re looking to leave dorm life behind or searching for a new apartment, here are...

Ask Alice: How Do I Choose A Major?

Ask Alice is our new advice column for students. If you have a question you want answered, feel free to tell one of our peers at Ask LnS! Dear Alice, I need help! I don’t know what major to pick and I feel like time is running out! People keep asking me what my intended...
Ex-peer-dia: Study Abroad vs. Solo Travel

Ex-peer-dia: Study Abroad vs. Solo Travel

Like most students, you’ve probably thought about going abroad. Maybe one of your friends just did it and told you it changed their life (and their profile picture); maybe you’re taking a language and want to test out your skills; maybe you just want to try something new and get out of your comfort zone....
A Transfer Student's Guide to Cal

A Transfer Student’s Guide to Cal

This semester, during the first day of class a classmate introduced herself saying “I’m a senior transfer.” She repeated smiling “Not any senior, but a senior transfer.” Well, if you transferred to Cal, you might be smiling or nodding your head in agreement. It is true, the two experiences of transferring to Cal and coming...

Get Involved: Finding Your Social “Cir-Cal” And More

You survive senior year, applications, the suspense of waiting for letters, and you finally get here! Berkeley is a very large place, so it can be hard to find your community. Aside from academics, the Berkeley experience includes clubs, sports, research, Greek life, and other organizations. Getting involved is a great way to meet people...