Ever been in this situation? You have an opinion or an idea and you just know you’re right. You set out to prove it, and all the facts you line up seem to prove your side of the story. This is confirmation bias– the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs […]Continue reading . . . From Discovery to Disappointment: A Learning Experience in Physics Research
Truth may be stranger than fiction, but fiction can be quite strange as well. The world of books is enchanting; it transports you to another world, where you’re experiencing another life. At a recent Berkeley Connect in English panel, professors and fiction writers Joyce Carol Oates, Melanie Abrams, and Vikram Chandra discussed their journey towards […]Continue reading . . . Opening a New Chapter
Your future after graduation may seem difficult to determine. There are many preconceptions about the “real world”: Your first job will dictate the rest of your life! Once you start on one career path, you’re stuck with it! At a recent career workshop for Berkeley Connect students, an alumna speaker and counselors from the […]Continue reading . . . Helping You Shape Your Future
Welcome Week: Berkeley Connect Edition Welcome to a new semester, folks! The spring semester is a time to start anew, a time to stop procrastinating, to cultivate new friendships, to heighten your confidence. The first week of the semester was a busy one for Berkeley Connect, with welcome events happening all across campus. […]Continue reading . . . Welcome back!
It’s sometimes difficult for students to see professors as people other than graders or lecturers. Recently, Berkeley Connect Sociology held an open, honest, and encouraging dialogue to help students get to know the professors who choose to teach sociology at UC Berkeley. Two new professors, Robert Braun and Yan Long, joined with experienced professor Michael […]Continue reading . . . Can Sociology Save Your Life?
What can you do with a degree in English? Nervous English majors want to know! At a recent event for Berkeley Connect English students, three alumni on very different professional paths reminisced about their time within the English department and described how their careers took shape following graduation. Each of these alumni demonstrated how the […]Continue reading . . . A Degree in English Does Not Equal Unemployment!
What does your future hold? Are you bound for success? These may seem like the opening lines of a kitschy psychic, but they are also questions many students ponder during their undergraduate years. Students with a strong social conscience may be drawn to majors such as Ethnic Studies, but wonder how their studies will translate […]Continue reading . . . Using Your Education to Make a Difference
Some may think that the field of philosophy is inaccessible, full of larger-than-life ideas that seem difficult to comprehend. From this point of view, the prospect of writing about philosophy can be daunting. However, in his recent talk to Berkeley Connect students on “How To Write a Paper for a Philosophy Course,” Professor Niko Kolodny […]Continue reading . . . How to Write a Philosophy Paper
Friends, pizza, nature, and beef skewers! Berkeley Connect held Welcome Events across Philosophy, History, Mathematics, ESPM, Architecture, and other departments. Here are some pictures from the first week of instruction: Computational Biology formed a circle to introduce themselves after Professor Nicholas Ingolia gave a brief presentation on Computational Bio and Berkeley Connect. English students were […]Continue reading . . . Berkeley Connect Welcomes New Students
As students start to think about what they will do once their undergraduate years are over, they can feel like they are being presented with many pathways and little direction. In an effort to connect students with more information about their options, Sociology Berkeley Connect planned two major career-oriented events: one focused on academia and […]Continue reading . . . Sociology faculty share their paths to academia