UC Berkeley Engineering: the ups and downs

We Cloggers talk a lot about the happenings in Berkeley, breaking news and the lowdown on campus gossip. Yet, one thing we often neglect is that this school is hard as balls — especially for engineering majors, with their wickedly tough course load. Perhaps it’s time to delve beneath the
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Quiz: Is your GSI cooler than you?

It may not happen that often, but at some point in our college careers, we may realize that some of our GSIs are way cooler than we are — and possibly cooler than we’ll ever be. It’s slightly saddening to consider that our lameness may be reaffirmed in such a way, but it
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How to BS your way through discussion without doing any reading

It’s four weeks into the semester, and chances are you’re already swamped in extracurriculars, problem sets, upcoming midterms and a stack of endless readings. You have a discussion section coming up this week, and you’re definitely not about to sit down and read those dreaded 200+ pages. So, how are you going
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UC Berkeley in the Upside Down

If you’ve ever watched the show “Stranger Things,” then you’re probably familiar with the Upside Down. But if you’re not, the Upside Down is basically a parallel dimension that’s a reflection of the real world, but darker, colder, foggier and inhabited by a monster. Since this description is pretty similar to
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Types of GSIs you’ll see at UC Berkeley

Everyone looks forward to the first discussion section for a big class. It really makes the big lectures seem much smaller. Some of us can’t wait to attend section to wear an out-of-this-world outfit that we’ve been planning for weeks. Others of us can’t wait to see who’s in our
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Waiting for waitlists: An ill-fated romance

Glossy eyed, you wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. It’s the day of your Phase I appointment, you’re finally an upperclassman (and should therefore get whatever class you want) and all is right in the world. You’re so happy and confident in the CalCentral system that
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How to get on your GSI’s good side

Getting your graduate student instructor, or GSI, to like you is more important than many people realize. These are the people who will be grading your problem sets, papers and midterms. Some GSIs have even been known to drop hints about tests to students. In a school where everyone is looking
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