This summer, I face the challenge of balancing studies and work. I’m currently taking two summer classes while working as both a UC Berkeley Campus Ambassador and a Planetarium Presenter at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Before summer, while I was making my summer schedule, I initially thought that it would be impossible for me to study and work at the same time, especially if I have in-person classes. I was also starting to feel sad that I won’t be able to work as much because I love my jobs. However, I was very happy to find out that the two classes that I’m currently taking are online classes, which give me lots of flexibility when it comes to studying and scheduling my work shifts. Also, I have never taken an online class before, so I was excited to get started and experience what it’s like. Now that it’s the middle of summer and I have concluded my first class, I would say that there’s definitely some beauty to online classes and also some disadvantages.
One of the perks about going to Cal is its close proximity to San Francisco. Aside from being a city of great historical significance, SF is filled with all the exciting sights, sounds, and tastes that could easily satisfy any local, tourist, or student.
San Francisco’s close proximity and accessibility for Berkeley students also allows for the perfect spontaneous weekend outing for friends—and as you can imagine, we take full advantage of that opportunity here at Cal. Luckily, we can satiate those SF cravings as soon as they begin, since SF only about half an hour away by BART (and even less time by car).
As the frenzy of finals comes to a close, it ushers in a completely different experience: summer in Berkeley. For me, spending the summer in Berkeley is accompanied with mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m excited to work extensively as a campus ambassador and only have one class on my schedule allowing me hours of unstructured time to do things that I put on the back burner during the semester. On the other hand, it meant that my time with my family and friends back home in Irvine, CA would be significantly truncated before I started the fall semester. This conflict was conspicuously apparent on Father’s Day.
For college students, summer break is the perfect time to kick back, relax, and rejuvenate our minds and bodies before jumping right back into the rigors of classwork and exams—that is, of course, if you’re not planning on taking up a summer class, an internship, or maybe even a job or two, which, let’s face it, is probably what most of us are guilty of doing here at UC Berkeley. We may be taking on more responsibilities, but we most definitely are not squandering our precious 3-month break. Sure, summer means more time to relax, but as ambitious golden bears, we’re always looking for the next challenge, the next opportunity for growth and experience.
My sophomore year was a make-it-or-break-it year. I’ll soon find out if I qualify for my two majors, Media Studies and Political Economy. It has been a very busy year for me; I’m studying extra hard to make sure I get good grades to declare. In the midst of studying diligently, I didn’t eat as healthy as I could have. I started eating more Chinese takeout, cooking Spam and fried eggs for almost every meal, and sometimes I only had pastries and mocha drinks. Looking back at my year, I was sad that I didn’t get around to cook better meals, since I love cooking and baking. I just always viewed cooking something more wholesome than a Spam with rice meal as sacrificing study time (although I have to admit that my urge to procrastinate did play a role in my apparent lack of time for studies)