With UC Berkeley classes and operations moved to the virtual realm to combat the spread of COVID-19, Berkeley Connect has transitioned to Zoom, the online tool used to host meetings and classes remotely. In the first-ever Berkeley Connect English discussion session hosted on Zoom by mentor Katie Bondy, students shared their concerns and struggles dealing […]Continue reading . . . Zooming into a New Reality: Berkeley Connect Under Quarantine
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Berkeley Connect is all about face-to-face human interaction. Right now we need to get creative in order to keep our sense of community going strong, while supporting efforts to limit coronavirus (COVID-19) risk on campus. From March 10 through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, Berkeley Connect small-group meetings and one-on-one mentoring sessions will […]Continue reading . . . Keeping Berkeley Connect Students Healthy: COVID-19 Updates
Has a Berkeley Connect mentor made a difference for you? Have you made some new friends through Berkeley Connect? Did Berkeley Connect open your eyes to new opportunities? Has participating in Berkeley Connect made this big university feel a little smaller? Would you like a way to show your appreciation and support? YOU can help […]Continue reading . . . Big Give is coming! You can help Berkeley Connect win!
Imagine that you and a small group of conservationists must decide which lifeforms are most important to save from the brink of extinction. It’s a horrible task to be given; the extinction of any living thing is a tragedy and could cause immense damage. The web of biodiversity that connects ecosystems with their inhabitants, and […]Continue reading . . . Environmental Conservation: How to Make the Right Decisions
It’s not every day that the work of a UC Berkeley professor becomes a viral sensation. Professor Ronald Rael spoke to Berkeley Connect Architecture students about a recent project that thrust him into the national spotlight and shared with them how the work emerged from his personal background and passions. Growing up near the border […]Continue reading . . . Architecture as Activism
Did you enroll in Berkeley Connect, or hope to enroll? Are you trying to figure out where to go the first week? Most Berkeley Connect program kicks off with a welcome event; sections begin meeting the following week at the date/time/location listed in the schedule of classes. Check the schedule below for the date, time, and location […]Continue reading . . . Where do I go for the first day of Berkeley Connect?
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
Citations are the bane of many a student, absolutely critical yet seemingly so hard to master. In a recent Berkeley Connect in History discussion, mentor and recent History PhD-recipient Camilo Lund-Montano helped students understand the tricky world of citing using the Chicago Manual of Style, the accepted standard for historical writing. Lund-Montano acclimated students to […]Continue reading . . . How to Cite the FBI, and Other Challenges for the Historian
Ever received a comment on something you wrote that really helped you? What about something that really didn’t help or just confused the heck out of you? We’ve all gotten feedback on our work, whether in school or in the workplace. What we make of that feedback can mean everything for growing as a writer, […]Continue reading . . . The Good, the Bad, and the Unhelpful: Using Feedback to Grow as a Writer
The world is a confusing place and we humans struggle to parse all the information thrown at us on a daily basis. The one thing we can rely on through all our struggles is logic and problem-solving skills, right? Not so fast! In a recent Berkeley Connect Math discussion, Berkeley Connect Mentor and math PhD […]Continue reading . . . Hotels, Social Media, and Logic: How Math Paradoxes Disrupt our World