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The work of peer advisors is integral to the success of their fellow CNR undergraduates. Peer advisors are trained in understanding CNR and university requirements, policies, and procedures, and they help with CNR recruitment and enrichment programs.
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Conservation and Resource Studies
Dale DualanConservation and Resource Studies major
CNR challenged me to break out of my comfort zone, think outside the box, and explore with an open mind. Here I was empowered with tools for the toolbox of life, to continue to find my voice and help others do the same."
Environmental Economics and Policy
Rezwana AbedEnvironmental Economics and Policy major
If there's one thing I have come to appreciate about EEP, it is undoubtedly the major's ability to provide a dialogue between environmentalists and economists which are two disciplines that in theory shouldn't exist in isolation but are often disconnected in practice. "
Tay FederEnvironmental Economics and Policy major
At Berkeley, I've been granted the privilege to be a student under world-class researchers and professors of energy economics, climate change, and information goods that have blown my mind."
Wendy ChenEnvironmental Sciences major
Berkeley is a large and fast-paced school and being apart of CNR gives me the feeling of a small, tightly knit community that I can't find anywhere else. We get a lot of one on one attention with our advisors, and it's clear that they care very much about their students."
Liz DowEnvironmental Sciences major
"I transferred from L&S into CNR last spring, so I am a relatively new addition to the college. I chose to do this because CNR's small college atmosphere is a place where where I can get attention from advisers and be around like-minded people."
Kelley DoyleEnvironmental Sciences major
As an out-of-state student, CNR has helped me find a smaller community within the sometimes overwhelmingly large Cal campus. I love how friendly and accommodating the CNR staff is -- especially our major advisors!"
Cynthia GawEnvironmental Sciences major
"As a Pre-med I have always been told to be MCB or IB but instead I chose Environmental Science because it’s a subject I have been interested since childhood."
Jenn JehnsenEnvironmental Sciences major
I was so confused my freshmen year because my friends in L&S didn't have the same requirements that I did for CNR. I think it's important for CNR students to have other students that they can go to for advice on CNR-specific requirements."
Jimmy RothschildEnvironmental Sciences and Molecular Environmental Biology double major
“I believe strongly in providing a service back to my institution and others, so helping students through the PAL program fits me perfectly. ”
Forestry and Natural Resources
Gina LopezForestry and Natural Resources major
If it were not for the College of Natural Resources, I don't think I would have bothered applying to this #1 public institution for higher education."
Jena RiggertForestry major
This coming summer I will be going to the Forestry Summer Camp, and am really exciting about all the skills that I will learn there. I think that my major is so perfect for me because what it really boils down to is that I just love trees and everything that they contribute to our world."
Genetics and Plant Biology
Irene LiaoGenetics and Plant Biology major
Within Cal is the CNR, a smaller community that is very friendly and personable. I have had the pleasure of getting to know the students in the college, being able talk to someone who shares the same interests in plants as I do or even just to listen to people talk about whatever interests them and hear the passion in their voice."
Ruixan (Jenny) ZhangGenetics and Plant Biology major
By majoring in Genetics and Plant Biology, I want to study the plants used in traditional medicinal practices and discover the genes that are the source to these medical treatments."
Samantha BellMicrobial Biology major
"I have always been interested in pursuing a career in medicine or public health and someday I hope to become either a pediatric doctor, or a health educator for children."
Kerry BoyleMicrobial Biology major
I hope that sharing my experiences, both positive and negative, with other students will help them to make smart decisions about their academics and extracurricular activities while at UC Berkeley."
Bai ChenMicrobial Biology
"Hello! My name is Bai Yi Chen (call me Bai), and it is currently my third year at Cal."
Stephen ChenMicrobial Biology major
Tiet NguyenMicrobial Biology major
Berkeley opens so many doors of opportunities for its students, especially if you are an undeclared student who desires to explore the various majors and find one that suits you best."
Nancy PicenoMicrobial Biology major
"Not only do I think microbes are perhaps the coolest things on earth, but the electives offer a variety of coursework that range from microscopy, to bioethics, to California mushrooms."
Molecular Environmental Biology
Julie ChingMolecular Environmental Biology major
"I love CNR because it is like a family. Whenever I need help or just someone to talk to, I know that there are many people in CNR that can help me. "
Adrienne DoiMolecular Environmental Biology major
I recognized PAL as the perfect opportunity to give back to the student community. At the same time, I get to learn more about our wonderful college and I also get to meet new faces every week. "
Katrina HongMolecular Environmental Biology major
"As a Molecular Environmental Biology (MEB) major with a minor in Forestry and Natural Resources from CNR, I feel that my choice of studies is 'my own.'"
Stephen KwanMolecular Environmental Biology major
I want to be able to impart the knowledge that I have gained from experience onto incoming freshmen and/or transfers. By doing so, I hope that I will be able to help people have a more fulfilling and enjoyable time at Berkeley!"
Olga MukhaMolecular Environmental Biology major
Being in CNR made my transition from community college to UC Berkeley easier. Whether it was studying at the Student Resource Center and using the computer lab (and free printing!) or attending the CNR Movie Nights, I was able to meet new people and get all my advising questions answered."
Jenn QuanMolecular Environmental Biology major
"I have gone through a lot of problems with my family and myself and totally understand that academic success first comes with good mental and physical health."
Tim SeoMEB/CRS double major
"I have received unlimited support from the Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research Program as well as top-notch graduate students in the lab. These experiences have helped me develop an analytically creative mind geared towards solving complex problems. "
Youh Ying "Amy" LinMolecular Environmental Biology major
"I love how MEB provides many choices and flexibility in terms of class selection and my major also helps me with satisfying pre-med requirements."
Fabian CollazoMolecular Toxicology and Molecular Environmental Biology double major
"When I later found out about MCB and IB it really didn't matter since I was absolutely in love with CNR by then and I am so excited to pass on my enthusiasm!"
Jelyn EvangelistaMolecular Toxicology major
"I wanted to become a Peer Advisor because I thought it would be a great experience, but more importantly I'll get to help others who are also Mol Tox majors or transfers, like I was, who don't know all the ins and outs of the system."
Morgan GoddingMolecular Toxicology
"When I first started at Cal, the course rigor and high caliber students intimidated me. As an undeclared student, unsure of a major or a path, I felt lost in a sea of students. "
Ken JuacuallaMolecular Toxicology major
As a Molecular Toxicology major, I am able to learn the beneficial and the toxic effects of foods, chemicals, drugs, and any exogenous forms that can be critical in our environment and to us."
Rebekah KimMolecular Toxicology major
"My first semester at Berkeley was really difficult because I was new and taking upper division courses. With the help of a PAL, I was able to pull through the fall semester. She encouraged me to talk to professors about the problems I had and to my surprise they were really nice!"
Jessica LebeauMolecular Toxicology major
After high school I went to school for Massage Therapy in Emeryville then opened my own practice locally which I have been operating for almost ten years...I hope to use my experience to help other students stay positive and navigate administration."
Wellington OnyenweMolecular Toxicology major
Hey CNRers! I have for you the secrets of success in CNR that very few know. Believe me, I have dealt with the long journey and am overjoyed to lift as I continue to climb. I'm very honored to be a part of PAL program and the CNR family."
Elodie Tong-LinMolecular Toxicology major
"It was at Berkeley that I began to explore my independence and started to challenge myself."
Nutritional Science - Dietetics
Selina ChouNutritional Science - Dietetics major
"As a Peer Advising Leader, I hope my positive experience can help out more fellow students and bring them a better college life."
Ashley FortenberryNutritional Science - Dietetics major
"...hence if there is any type of class that stands as a barrier between you and your goals, tackle it and face it head on. If I could get through it -- and enjoy it, you can too."
Crystal KwanNutritional Science - Dietetics major
"My journey at Berkeley has had its share of obstacles, but having a reliable community to help me out has been crucial to my success here at Berkeley. The College of Natural Resources has been my source of solid advice, opportunity and community."
Whitney LauNutritional Science - Dietetics major
“Helping out on class advising was a wonderful experience during CalSO last summer. Being a CNR peer advisor, I hope I can help my fellow schoolmates.”
Jennifer PowersNutritional Science - Dietetics major
I have always had an interest in nutrition, so when I found out that UC Berkeley's Dietetics program was offered by CNR, a small and intimate college; I was even more excited to come to Cal. Since then, CNR has surpassed my expectations and has had such a positive impact on my journey at Cal."
Kay Jiaqi YangNutritional Science - Dietetics major
"I personally love the fact that faculty members and professors in CNR are friendly and accessible. I think this has made my transition as a transfer student easier."
Simo YaoNutritional Science - Dietetics major
I became a CNR Peer Advisor because I wanted to learn more about the opportunities that our college offers and help students find the right major for themselves."
Nutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism
Alex LauNutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism major
"I was especially impressed by professors who knew me by name after just several office hours, the abundance of biological research, and the one-on-one faculty advising that far exceeded what was offered by other departments."
Carol ManNutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism major
My decision to go to Berkeley was a bit of a surprise to my family/friends, and most of all myself. I applied to Berkeley during senior year of high school as a joke, knowing that I would never get into such an amazing school.
Liz PelayoNutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism major
Deciding on my major was not a straight path, but after hearing from my friends and experiencing the friendly environment that CNR offers their students, I knew that I wanted to be part of the college."
Chau PhamNutritional Sciences - Physiology and Metabolism major
I received a great help from PAL in advising me how to change my major; therefore, I want to continue this tradition to help other students by becoming a Peer Advisor."
Linda TruongNutritional Science - Physiology and Metabolism major
"I am also pre-med and have taken all the pre-reqs for med school already. I really love to eat and love to learn everything about food; that's why I'm majoring in NutriSci!"
We, the Peer Advisor of CNR, strive to offer personal viewpoints and experiences to current and prospective CNR students. We want to ease your transition to UC Berkeley, provide a support network to your undergraduate experience, and promote CNR in hopes that your academic experience will be as fulfilling as ours.
The peer advisors in the program:
- Must commit to two consecutive semesters in the program.
- Engage in CNR recruitment and retention programs.
- Are trained in understanding CNR and university requirements, policies, and procedures.
- Make referrals to a wide variety of campus services and resources and provide information about transferring into CNR from other institutions and from elsewhere on the Berkeley campus.
- Work at information tables at the residence halls.
- Participate in the CNR Welcome Day Program, Cal Day, and Majors Fair.
- Assist CNR student affairs staff with various outreach programs.
- Manage other college-wide advising projects as assigned.
NOTE: Peer leaders do not have access to student records, transcripts, or student files. Peer leaders cannot sign petitions or process student petitions.
Benefits for Peer Advisors
- Gain strong presentation skills
- Become well-versed in CNR and University policies
- Become a recognized student leader at CNR
- Develop public speaking skills
- Earn 2 units of credit in ESPM 98/198 (Directed Group Study)
Becoming a PAL
If you are declared or undeclared in CNR, have at least Sophomore status (30+ units), and have a 3.0 GPA or better, then you are a perfect candidate!
- You must commit to two consecutive semesters in the program.
- You must be available for summer training the week prior to Welcome Week.
- Fill out the P.A.L. Application
- Submit the application to Donna L. Symon in 260 Mulford Hall. If accepted, you will be notified by email by the first week in May.