How I Became the President of 3 Organizations at Cal

What is the process of going from a member of an organization into leading it as the President? Is there some kind of secret way on getting to the top? These were all questions I wondered in my first year at UC Berkeley. Before I begin elaborating on my experiences on how I became the president of multiple organizations (the Omniscient Tutor, See the Lord, Student Pre-Medical Advising Network), I would like to mention that you should only commit your time to organizations that you truly care about and would want to make a difference in, specifically within the field that they are operating in. It would be a complete waste of time if you were just solely doing it to slap that title onto your resume. I’m only saying this because I had that same mindset before. In high school, I made the mistake of becoming a President of 3 organizations merely to add to my list of extracurriculars. Although it worked out in the end (since I got into UC Berkeley), I did not truly believe that I made a significant impact in the fields that my organizations were working in. The most important thing that I learned throughout my 4 years at Cal is that being a President of an organization holds a lot of responsibility (not just being a leader that can inspire the team that you work with, but also uphold your organization’s mission and values in any type of scenario). You might be the President of an organization, but this does not mean that your team members have to respect you. It’s only earned through your actions and leadership style. This was the greatest takeaway that I got from the organizations that I lead now. read more

How I founded an Organization at UC Berkeley

Ever imagine building your own organization on a prestigious campus like UC Berkeley? Attending a school with 40,000 students is a great opportunity to start your own project or business. Not only is there a wide client base, but you also have access to a large audience and a ton of experimental room as well as opportunities for learning and growth.

During my junior year of high school, I told myself that I wanted to concentrate all my energy into making a positive impact in these three fields: medicine/healthcare, education, and business. Thus, as a current pre-medical student at Berkeley, I began my journey towards medical school. On the other hand, I also had a strong ambition to create an organization that can provide free education to low income students. I wanted to establish a type of educational platform that is unique—one that offers various services tailored for different types of middle and high school students (visual, audio, and kinesthetic learners). However, when I was in high school, I had a lack of resources and connections to make this happen. Getting admitted into UC Berkeley not only opened up a variety of options for my idea, but it also provided the environment that was necessary to get my organization, the Omniscient Tutor, to launch. The great thing about college campuses is that it’s the perfect place for recruiting and getting acquainted with individuals that have the same passion as yourself. read more

How to Build your 4 Year Plan as a MCB (Molecular and Cellular Biology) Major

Will you be declaring as a MCB (Molecular and Cellular Biology) major? Do you need some help in getting things started with planning out the next four years of your undergraduate career? Well, I’m here to help! As an out of state student who came from Hawaii, I didn’t have any connections in Berkeley so I started planning everything out from scratch. During my freshman year, I was actually required to submit my 4 year plan (the courses that I am taking for each semester) in my 6th week of class due to a requirement that I had to satisfy in my Army ROTC program. Yep, that’s right, I needed to plan out all 4 years of my classes in a month after I started school! Thinking back about it, it’s actually not that bad. In this blog, I’ll share my secrets on how to get your four year plan done in less than a week. read more

How to Start Meditating as a Cal Student

We are now well into the school year…it’s midterm season every week! And each of us are piling up with work and assignments. Although it’s stressful, there are many positive ways to cope with these types of stresses. One of my most preferred ways to do this is through meditation. If you’d like to learn about the secrets to dealing with a stressful school year, then stay on! You’ll be a master of meditation in no time with this comprehensive guide.

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Meditating outside

Whenever you think about meditation, what pops into your head? It might be a monk sitting at the tip of the mountain, closing their eyes and crossing their legs. Some of you might think.. this is something that I definitely do not see myself doing. I actually thought the same way a year back. However, that’s until I realized the purpose of what meditation does to your mind and body. It’s a technique that allows you to relax, be calm, and, at the same time, fully concentrate on a topic of your desire. This can be your breathing, your physiological state (heart beat), or anything you want. You should tailor each mediation to a specific part of your day. For example, when I wake up, I want to be in a state where I’m motivated to start the day. This calls for a gratitude and affirmation meditation session. I will concentrate my mind on the things that I am grateful for in life (my family/friends, education, work, or just the little things in life like being able to breathe fresh air every single day). Then, for the affirmation portion, I will tell myself that I am the best and my uniqueness is what make me the greatest. This positive thinking directly influences the start of your day. Not only do you feel motivated to start your morning, but it also serves as a daily reminder of why you exist in this world. It’s a powerful habit to establish. read more

How to Transition from Online School to In Person Classes

Have you been attending Zoom University from your bed this past year? Now that “in-person” school’s back in session, what changes will you need to make to your daily routine? What are the types of habits that are going to make you successful?

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Me in the Berkeley Hills overlooking the Bay Area!

If these are the questions that you’re wondering, then stick around! I’ll answer everything below and lay out the most effective strategies for achieving your best results this school year at UC Berkeley.

Bzzzzzzz! BEEP! BEEP! Your alarm sounds. It’s 11:59 am and you have 1 minute till your 12 o’clock class. You shut it off and turn on your computer. Zoom starts and you hear your professor talking. This is probably the daily routine of a Zoom University schedule for many of us. Although this seems to be the ideal life of a student, going to school from your bed, it produces long term habits that will negatively impact our daily lifestyles. read more

Living in Berkeley: Ultimate Travel Guide [Part 2]

Here is Part 2 of the Ultimate Travel Guide for Berkeley. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, then please click here.

Our next HIGHLY RECOMMENDED sightseeing place IS:

3) The View from the Lawrence Hall of Science/Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

This location overlooks the entire city of Berkeley as well as San Francisco in the distance. One of the best views of the Bay Area can be seen from this site. Travel up with your buddies in the afternoon and stay for the sunset/night views! I can guarantee that you will not be disappointed with this visit. There are 2 ways in which you can get up to the Lawrence Hall of Science: 1) By hiking up the fire trails (which connects directly to the Mathematical Science Research Institute and leads to the Lawrence Hall of Science) OR 2) Get a car ride from the Memorial Stadium to the Lawrence Hall of Science (faster route; on the way, you should pass by the UC Botanical Garden). read more

Living in Berkeley: Ultimate Travel Guide [Part 1]

Are you a new or prospective student to UC Berkeley? Or are you a returning student who needs new travel ideas around the Bay Area? Either way, this travel guide will give you a sense of how many options Berkeley really has to offer…I will feature my all time FAVORITE places to hike/visit, restaurants to indulge at, and more!

As an incoming student at Berkeley, you may have done your research on the Internet regarding places to visit. But you might have also wanted an opinion from a fellow golden bear. This is what I’m here for! I’m currently a junior at UC Berkeley who has lived here for 3 years…! Let’s go ahead and start with the TOP 5 PLACES YOU CAN TRAVEL TO IN BERKELEY (WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE): read more

How to Develop Successful Habits for Online School

The transition to online classes has been difficult for many. It’s not easy to stay focused during quarantine…so how do we maintain our “A game?” If you’d like to know the secrets in developing successful habit, then stick around!

If you’re like me and many other students, then you’ve probably experienced zoom fatigue. Staring at zoom or your computer for extended periods of time is not sustainable for maximizing your retention rate in learning. We’re not robots..but rather humans that need to have a proper work-life balance! read more

How to Stay Focused During Quarantine

Taking classes during quarantine is already hard enough…you also want me to stay focused?! This request is absurd for some folks. Today, I’ll show you a few ways in which you can not only stay concentrated in your work or studies for long periods of time, but you can also voluntarily shift your focus at anytime you want.  If you want to see how, then read further! I will show you the steps in which you can do this as simple as possible.

How to Stay Focused in Quarantine
How to Stay Focused in Quarantine

Have you ever just woken up and hit the snooze button because your body and mind feels exhausted? If you said YES, then this is where you must start to reconnect with yourself. In order to stay focused during quarantine, you MUST have a disciplined morning routine that allows your body and mind to be in a peak state throughout the day. A wasted morning will just set you up to be less productive during the day. Many students and individuals in the workforce wake up and automatically use their phone. They swipe until their morning’s gone… read more

How to be Successful as an Out of State Cal Student

How can I be successful at Cal as an Out of State Student? It’s always difficult coming to a new foreign area and fitting right in. What are some things you can take advantage of prior to coming to Cal as well as in your first few weeks? If you’re curious, then you’re in the right spot! I’ll tell you all the strategies you need to successfully kick off your 1st year at UC Berkeley.

How to be Successful as an Out of State Cal Student

THINGS TO DO PRIOR TO COMING TO UC BERKELEY:

Once you receive your acceptance letter from Cal, you should think about the field of interest you want to pursue during your undergraduate years. For me, since my passion was in the sciences, I decided to pursue a major in Molecular Cell Biology. For many other students, you probably won’t know until you take your classes. That’s totally fine! You can spend your entire first year just learning about yourself and the type of subjects that interest you. However, I do suggest that you look back on your high school (if you’re an incoming freshman) or community college (if you’re a transfer) years and see what class you were the most passionate about! Knowing this information will give you a head start and pave a clear path for your 4 years at Cal. read more