what do current berkeley students consider a: very easy courseload, easy courseload, average courseload, hard courseload, and extremely intense courseload? How many units and/or classes per semester? Any personal experiences?
I regret taking a lighter course load my first semester. It screws you over for your telebears appointment next semester. The stats you posted in your other thread kinda make me think you wouldn't really need to take it easy your first semester unless you are pledging or something.
My other piece of advice is this: unlike high school, at university friendship doesn't really happen on its own in the time in between class. You have to work for it. I hear joining clubs helps. Your other option is to be super outgoing, especially during the first two weeks.
Yes take an easy courseload - not more than 14-15 units and not more than 2 classes that are required for the major you're most considering right now. And remember that an A- is not weighted the same as an A anymore =/.
anyways, what are telebears? if everyone says its so hard, then is it possible to get a 4.0? remember i currently have a 4.2 and 3.75 gpa in high school but i DO go to a public school and my ranking is 12%. so it may seem like a high gpa (maybe not) but the classes are a little bit easier than say a private school or boarding. i also got an 1850 superscored on my SAT's and raised it from a 1500 i think.
i feel like im gonna fail at UCB from what i've heard. i know a girl who is really smart and even SHE says its hard! like she was the kid who got 99%s when i used to get 90% and really study for finals to get an A.
also, someone said university friendship doesn't happen between classes...i've taken several college classes and i usually make a friend or two in all of the classes i've taken, by just sitting by them. is that how it is at UCB? or is most of the friendship made in dorms and clubs? again, i took these classes at one CSU and community college so its a little diff cuz i didnt live in dorms or go to clubs.
do ppl advise u of what classes to take before u pick them? i'd assume they have staff for that? like show u a college plan
When you come to the CalSO session in the summer, you meet with advisors and figure out your target classes for first semester, then do the registration. There are some good online materials you will be pointed at as well, for example The L&S Advising Home Page
Telebears is the website everyone uses to register for classes. The registration period is divided into 2 phases. During phase 1 you may sign up for 10 units or less. Students use phase 1 to sign up for classes that fill up quickly (e.g. small r1a and r1b classes that are easy), or for classes that can wreck your schedule if scheduled at a bad time (e.g. chem classes with 4 hour labs). Phase 2 typically occurs about a month after your phase 1 appointment. Early phase 1 appointments lead to early phase 2 appointments, and late phase 1 to late phase 2. During phase 2 you sign up for any classes that you didn't get to sign up for in phase 1.
Admitted freshmen get their phase 1 appointment during Calso. This is the only time when you get some control over your telebears appointment. Everyone else has their telebears appointment determined for them by the school. One of the most important factors is how many units you have completed. If you take only the minimum 13 units for your first semester, you will have a very late telebears appointment your second semester.