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BEAR ESSENTIALS Updates & Announcements

Club Bridge! Email us and tell us what your highlight was from your first or second week in Bridge. In the meantime, check out these photos from your first week at UC Berkeley!

Peer Advising is coming to you! Thursdays at 6:30pm for Dinner at Café 3.

Friday night was poppin’ at Cleary!

Educational Opportunities --Berkeley Study Abroad Program-In the Study Abroad Program you can take Courses that will give you Berkeley credit towards your Requirements for your Major or Minor. There are programs in more than 30 countries including Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam. Eligibility: •You must be a registered UC student •Must be in good academic standing •Must have at least a 2.5 GPA *Most students study abroad during their junior year; however, many sophomores and seniors also participate. *Requirements vary by country. *Financial Aid Assistance is Available For more information contact: Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad 160 Stephens Hall #2302 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-2302 (510) 642-1356 e-mail: index.htm

Reminders --Financial Aid-Daisey Ureña will be available to answer questions regarding financial aid. She can be contacted at or (510) 643-9713 When: Wednesdays 4:30-6:00pm Where: Cleary Main Lounge

--T-Shirt Design Contest-Have your design be what people remember from Bridge 2008. Guidelines: 1. You have a limit on 3/4 colors that you can use in the creation of your art. 2. Make sure that your piece is clearly defined (i.e. make sure that all the colors, and outlining are very dark) 3. Make sure that you make a black & white copy. Submit a T-Shirt Design by July 19, 2008 5pm to the Security Monitor. Winner will be announced and receive a prize at the Summer Bridge Banquet!!



Managing Study Strategies & Habits (1) PRIORITIZE and ORGANIZE your study and personal TIME into daily and weekly patterns of effectiveness. (2) MAINTAIN regular study HOURS and ESTABLISH study ENVIRONMENTS in order to be productive during morning, afternoon, and evening hours. (3) DEVELOP TIMELINES and keep semester, monthly, and weekly CALENDARS for the dates when course assignments are due. Plan and prepare for exams and papers in advance. (4) ATTEND LECTURES and develop your critical listening and notemaking abilities. Listen carefully during the first weeks of class since the theories and foundations are set up during this time. In many social science and humanities courses, the final exam questions are embedded in these lectures. (5) Create a PERSONAL LEARNING PROCESS for the demands of college. Know how you learn best by emphasizing your strengths and styles by seeking assistance to improve areas of your performance.

(6) ANTICIPATE, PREVIEW and REVIEW continuously in your courses. When you get exams and papers back, discuss them thoroughly with your instructor or GSI Studying for final examinations begins now! (7) APPLY ACTIVE and SELECTIVE READING strategies by developing questions that emphasize analytical and critical understanding of the most important points and details. REINFORCE YOUR MEMORY by explaining it to someone else aloud and/or organizing the ideas in writing or making graphic representations. (8) SET GOALS AND ACTIONS for dealing with procrastination and distractions. (9) BE TEST WISE by determining the format and content of exams and practicing test taking techniques to demonstrate what you have learned which results in earning more points. Know course breakdowns and percentages. (10) All nighters and other high school study tactics don’t usually work well with the increased amounts of work and degree of difficulty of courses at Berkeley.

Do You Know Your PAs?

SLAS/EOP Peer Advisors Maria Martinez Hey all! My name is Maria and I am an Ethnic Studies major. On campus I am involved with multiple organizations but my heart is here at SLAS/EOP! I was a bridgee of 2003 and now I am a Senior Advisor of the peer program which I have been a peer for the past five years. If you ever need somebody to talk to or just hang out come by the peer office! Maria’s Office Hours are Mondays from 10:00am-12:00pm. Jason “Jazz” Edwards Hey everyone!! My name is Jason “Jazz” Edwards. I am a fourth year at Cal. I’m half Black half Puerto Rican, born in New York, raised in Florida, and went to high school in California. I love sports, food, and sleep. If I could pick one word to describe myself, it would be “Determined”. I am majoring in American Studies with a concentration on the American Economy & Globalization. I was a Bridgee in 2005, and I was a Summer Bridge RA in 2006! I am a Peer Advisor, because it’s a great way for me to give back to the community that helps me succeed here at Cal. I plan to work while I get my graduate degree in business or law. Jazz’s Office Hours are Mondays and Thursdays from 2:00-3:00pm. Meng So Hello everyone, my name is Meng So and I’m currently planning on majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies (ISF) with a focus on education and social change. I was born in a refugee camp along the border of Cambodia and Thailand. I came to America when I was very young and my family currently stays in Hayward. I came to Berkeley in the summer of ’05. Shout outs and much love to Bridgees of Summer Bridge ’05. Since I’ve been in college, I’ve noticed a lot of inequities and injustices within society that I hope to change. I know that might be a bit of a cliché, but I’m somewhat of an optimist and feel like the world can change with one person at a time. I have a deep passion for working with the youth and just people in general. It’s priceless to be able to sit down and converse with someone. That’s the main reason I applied to become a Peer Advisor. There’s no better job that I can I ask for right now. One day I hope to become either a high school or college counselor. Other than that, I’m just a real chill and relaxed person and if you’re reading this I hope I have the privilege of getting to know you. Krystle Pasco Hey everyone! My name is Krystle Melody Pasco but you can call me “Krys.” Although I was not in Summer Bridge myself this is my fourth year working with the program. I am a fifth year here at UC Berkeley, double majoring in Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies and minoring in Education. I eventually want to do some administrative work in the Los Angeles Unified School District and retire as a College Counselor from my alma mater. I’m originally from Los Angeles and I graduated in 2004 from Franklin High School. I’m definitely looking forward to a great summer with you all! If you ever need anything, don’t hesitate to ask me. I’m here for you. Take it easy! Krystle’s Office Hours are: Tuesdays & wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am. Oscar Mairena Hi, my name is Oscar Mairena. I am a third year who plans is double majoring in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies with a minor in public policy. I am from Maywood, CA and I was a Summer Bridgee of 2006. I am a Peer Coordinator, because I think that retention should be one of the biggest priorities here on campus, and unfortunately it is not handled appropriately. Programs like these help secure the retention of students, especially students who I relate to and fit the criteria of the EOP program, and being a part of this program is a great pleasure for me. Knowing that I can help at least one individual to stay in this institution and make it through until the end keeps me going every day. Oscar’s Office Hours are Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm. Lanikque Howard My name is Lanikque Howard. I was born in New Orleans but I moved to San Leandro when I was ten years old. I graduated from Oakland High School, where I was the Incentive Awards Program Winner. I will be a second year in the fall, majoring in publich health and child development. My ultimate goal is to become a pediatrician. Along with peer advising I am also the Academic Retention Coordinator for the Black Recuitment and Retention Center(BRRC). Ruben Canedo The name is Ruben Elias Canedo Sanchez, my hometowns are Calexico, CA and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. At the moment I find myself fighting to achieve double majors in Social Welfare and Ethnic Studies. In addition to this, I dedicate my life to being a part of one of the greatest teams in the history of peer advising, the Student Life Advising Services/Educational Opportunity Program Peer Advising Team. Working as a Peer Advisor allows me to help students not only academically, but also personally. I love being a peer advisor because I have the great opportunity to be trained and informed on various academic and non-academic topics that allow me to answer or find the answer for the questions/concerns that students have on a daily basis. Bottomline, being a Peer Advisor gives me the great pleasure to be there for students when they need someone.

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For more information contact: Berkeley Programs for Study Abroad 160 Stephens Hall #2302 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-2302 (5...

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