Wednesday, January 4, 2012
New Year, New Quarter
I must say my favorite one so far is International Business, and I'm sure I'm really going to enjoy that one. I hadn't taken any major courses yet, so this is my first "international" one, even though we deal with international stuff all the time in the other subjects anyways. However, this class is dedicated exclusively to that.
I know there are new students arriving this quarter. If you're one of them, welcome to Berkeley! I know how complicated it is to arrive here for the first time and having to adapt to this life quickly so that you don't lose track of your school stuff. That's why I would like to help and I remind you that I answer questions or doubts (if I don't have the answer, I might know who can help you) through my e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org . I try to answer them as fast as I can, but I do answer all of them eventually! You can also feel free to leave a comment here if you want to share it.
There are many things I would tell to the new international students, and of course to the American ones. But I think the best advice I can give is to take advantage of all the opportunities that Berkeley offers. Go beyond the classroom and participate in activities, clubs, etc. and most of all, use this experience to do some networking. Don't be afraid to talk to people, because you will miss a lot if you don't do so.
Also, use the facilities at school to get the best academic experience you can get. There are libraries and study areas in both, 41st and 43rd Street, buildings. In the 13th floor of the 41st Street building you can also find a computer lab as well as the Academic Support Center (ASC), where you will find tutors to help you with your school work. All of those are free for students!
If you're international (or you just want to get involved in the international scene even if you're a local) go and participate in the activities that the International department organizes. The best way to get the information about the events is to check out the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BerkeleyCollegeInternationals. You'll find all the events posted there, and you can also introduce yourself to the other students and start making new friends!
Here's a video we filmed with Teresa, one of our International Advisors, where you can meet me and some of my fellow international students at Berkeley:
I hope you're enjoying your quarter so far, and see you soon!