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  • CA2006CA2006 843 replies20 threads Member
    elizz: I would recommend calling Admissions right away and asking where to e-mail or fax a letter that explains your grades. If it were me I wouldn't explain every specific detailed grade drop, just why your grades dropped last semester. They may be lenient, depending on your reasons and they may not. If you just slacked, they probably won't be that understanding.

    Good luck. :)
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  • klarissa darlingklarissa darling 2 replies0 threads New Member
    ahh! this is my first post EVER!

    okay.
    so i officially got into cal this thursday
    [yayy! my reeeach school!]

    and i plan on visiting sometime soon.
    but i was wondering about the safety around the campus, and within the city itself.
    i hear it's dangerous in the area immediately outside of the campus
    and that there is a riduclously large number of homeless people around the campus?

    completely true?
    or ridiculous exagerration?
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  • punkdudeuspunkdudeus . 1199 replies27 threads Senior Member
    ridiculous exagerration. Any college in an urban area is going to be more dangerous than the suburbs. There are homeless people at berkeley, welcome to the big city kid. But 99% of them are gonna leave you alone, for the most part they'll only yell at you or ask you vigorously for money.

    But there's some common sense ways to keep yourself from ANY danger. don't go to people's park late at night unless you want crack. don't do something stupid like walk alone in a dark place, and so on. It's just being confident and smart.
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threads Member
    if you're smart enough to come to cal, then you should know how to keep yourself safe. at least that's what i think.
    if you don't mind the dim lights, unit 3 is closest to the center of campus. unit 1 is the same distance but it's more to the east. unit 3 has horrible lighting and if you're sensitive about that, then you might want a different dorm or a bright desklamp.
    football is very big here. ticket sales records are being broken every year and so are attendance records. tedford for president!!
    you don't declare your major until your junior year anyway. you can swith whenever you want. however, for impacted majors like economics and engineering majors, you're not guaranteed that major. for haas (business administration), you have to file a separate application (just like applying to college again imo) during your sophomore year.
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  • lostincodelostincode - 2005 replies57 threads Senior Member
    don't go to people's park late at night unless you want crack.
    you can get crack there?
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  • punkdudeuspunkdudeus . 1199 replies27 threads Senior Member
    it's probably like a drug walmart--they have little old people at the entrance giving out samplers and they're not allowed to unionize.
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  • ilovestan19ilovestan19 17 replies0 threads New Member
    whats a cal 1 card and how many people use it to pay for things?
    thanks!
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  • punkdudeuspunkdudeus . 1199 replies27 threads Senior Member
    cal 1 card is your ID and meal points card. lots of people use it for meal points.
    as for the debit plan, it depends, i have money on it for laundry, and you can use it at some places around campus, but don't put too much money in it, i had like 600 and it's way too much.
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  • ccboundccbound 147 replies3 threads Junior Member
    should i take math 1b or 53? i am currently taking calculus bc and expecting to get 4-5 on the test. im going to be a freshman in fall 2007 as an engineering major. any help would be great.
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  • Burt's BeeesBurt's Beees User Awaiting Email Confirmation 6 replies2 threads New Member
    http://chemistry.berkeley.edu/ugrad_info/pros_ugrad/admission/freshmen.html

    AHHHH!! apparently i have already delcared my major and will have to take at least one semester of CoC offerings....Oh, my gosh. I'm considering not going to Cal anymore just because of this mix-up. =[
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  • DRabDRab 6047 replies57 threads Senior Member
    I think you can switch out fairly easily, but the first term will have to consist largely of chemish classes. Some students on here and the office of advising for the college you want to switch into and the college of chemistry will be able to help you.
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  • sinewy0495sinewy0495 36 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Wait, one semester of CoC is mandatory regardless of student's wishes? Is there any possible means of switching out before the freshman year starts off?? That sucks. I heard CoC chem sequence is a GPA killer. What if, say, truly uninterested students are forced to take Chem4 and subsequently fail, are they ****ed and ****ing obligated to stick to the college for the rest of three years? I hope this is not true.
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threads Member
    you don't have to switch out so soon. just take classes that are prereqs for your intended major and none of CofC classes. yes you are allowed to do that because the school does not force students to take certain classes. the school won't force you to take certain classes. and after a semester, you can switch out.
    if you're an engineering major, you must get a 5 on calc BC to skip out of 1b. from my experience, take 53. a lot of stuff you learn in 1b are redundant and the only new thing you will learn that is useful is differential equations. but you have to take math 54 anyway (linear algebra and differential equations) so you'll end up learning diff. eq. one way or the other. plus, as you take more engineering classes you'll get familiar with diff. eq.
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  • DRabDRab 6047 replies57 threads Senior Member
    Well, I'm not sure how the CoC works exactly, but I know in general students must have their courses approved by an advisor. I'm not sure how that works with students who want to switch out, but it may be no problem. Additionally, I am not sure, but it might be possible to switch prior to attending . . .

    At the very least, you should try your best to be calm- worst comes to worst, everything will work out in the end.
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  • riyamriyam 288 replies37 threads Member
    your courses do not have to be approved by your advisor. yes you do need to fill out that sheet and bring it to your advising session, and your advisor will give you his/her advisor code only if he/she is satisfied with your courses. but you can always get the advisor code first and change your classes later. there's no way they can stop you.
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  • mpoon2489mpoon2489 31 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I am trying to choose between berkeley and MIT, and I think I'm going to visit sometime during the next two weeks. I know MIT has an overnight program where I can stay with a student in my selected major where the student can take me to his/her course and let me follow an MIT student's daily life, along with sleep in the actual dorms.

    I understand that Berkeley doesn't have this type of program, probably because there are so many students, but I was wondering if there was any way that I could stay a night with a student at Cal who is an EECS major, and follow him/her to some classes? I know the school itself doesn't make this possible, so maybe I would have better luck making a personal arrangement?
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  • U See UCU See UC 11 replies6 threads New Member
    1) Are there single rooms available anywhere for freshmen (more specifically for a Regents Scholar)?

    Any info, is appreciated, so hit me!
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  • punkdudeuspunkdudeus . 1199 replies27 threads Senior Member
    you might be able to get one, but it's more expensive and not as social
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  • U See UCU See UC 11 replies6 threads New Member
    punkdudeus: What housing unit or dorm place would have these singles?

    Also, any other opinions anyone else! Anything would be appreciated!
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  • ccboundccbound 147 replies3 threads Junior Member
    u could find out about these housing units/dorms on your housing application. it indicates which singles freshman can apply for and so on
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