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

DOs and DON’Ts as a Cal Pre-Med Student

What should you DO and DON’T DO as a Cal Pre-Med Student? If you’re curious, then you’re in the right spot! In order to be successful in your path to medical school while attending  UC Berkeley, then you will need to establish certain habits that you may or may not already have.

DOs and DON'Ts as a Cal Pre-Med Student
DOs and DON’Ts as a Cal Pre-Med Student

Before we dive into the DOs and DON’Ts of being a Cal Pre-Med, take some time to jot down a few ideas of your own. What do you think you should DO in these 4 years to be successful as an academic student? What do you think you should totally AVOID during these 4 years? Now, match your ideas to this guide and see how much of them align! read more

How to Maintain your Productivity as a Cal Student

Academic courses at UC Berkeley, the top public university in the world, are already rigorous enough…what happens when you can’t focus OR get easily distracted? How can you AS A STUDENT maintain productivity to be successful in YOUR courses? Well, you’re in the right place. I’ve got the answers for you.

Getting that A+ is easier when your productive!

Before we dive into the secrets of maintaining your productivity as a UC Berkeley student, feel free to take some time to think about the “time consumers” (ANYTHING that takes up your time) and distractions that currently happen in your everyday life. These can include the time that you spend on social media (TikTok, Instagram, Youtube, Facebook, etc.), the time you explore the internet/watch television, or the time you end up wasting by playing games. There are many distractions out there, but concentrate specifically on your own time consumers. Feel free to list them out on a piece of paper….Now, think of the commitments that you are involved in. Whether these are your extracurriculars, such as student organizations/committees, your employment at a company, or the time that you spend developing relationships with your friend or a loved one. This is the 1st phase in maintaining your productivity (there will be a total of 2 phases). read more

How to Survive with 25 Units at UC Berkeley

Is it possible to survive with 25 units at UC Berkeley? Let’s think about that for a moment…With academics being rigorous at Cal as well as the millions of other things you need to do, your answer might be: NO WAY. Why in the world would I do that to myself in the first place? That’s a great question. And the answer is…you don’t need to! However, if you do and have no other choice, then this blog is tailored to you—those who are thinking of taking a high unit load in the future semesters. read more

How I Survived as a Pre-Med and Army ROTC Cadet at UC Berkeley

The photo shows myself at a UC Berkeley Army ROTC FTX (or Field Training Exercise)

Hey there! If you are reading this, then it means that you have either chosen to depart on this insane Pre-Med x Army ROTC cadet journey or you might just be thinking about it. Or…the 3rd option is that your scrolling through our Bear Talk Blogs and this popped up on your screen, and you were like “hey this sounds interesting :).” Either way, I’ll be sharing classified information for your eyes only. DON’T TELL ANYONE THAT I POSTED THIS… the Ultimate Survival Guide to a Pre-Medical/Army ROTC Student Life. This guide is a culmination of all my experiences in “Goku-level training” as well as superhuman studying that made me into the person that I am today. In this blog, I will give you all the tips and tricks you need to become successful in this pursuit. Before reading, please check out my previous article as I give you a glimpse to My Life as a YouTube Travel Vlogger at Cal! read more

My Life as a YouTube Travel Vlogger at Cal

This is a picture of my YouTube Banner for 2019-2020. I usually post my travel vlogs by seasons (ex. fall, winter, summer). I would produce and edit a large amount of videos to save those to post in a week's period. It's almost like a squirrel collecting nuts in preparation for hibernation LOL.

If you clicked on this post, then it means that my title worked! As a YouTuber, I need to constantly think of “Clickbait” titles that promote audience retention as well as constant viewership. Welcome to my first post as apart of the Bear Talk Bloggers team! I’m super excited to share my journey at Cal as well as how I was able to balance student life with my passion as a YouTube travel vlogger :). You might be wondering…how did I get involved in travel vlogging on YouTube? Is it because it’s the “trend?” read more