- Advice from 2023 Graduating Students
- How Berkeley Changed Me for the Better
- Graduate Summer Check-in Group
- Graduate Student Experience Survey
Dear undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students,
It’s May! We’re winding down the spring semester. Here are 3 ways to get through the month in between final exams:
- Celebrate your community. Our students are helping us celebrate the heritage months of several important campus communities: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, and (in advance of June), Pride Month.
- Get advice from the Class of 2023. We talked to a few graduating seniors to get their advice for fellow students, and senior Samantha shares how Berkeley changed her.
- Work in a workout. You have access to Recreation & Wellbeing facilities and programs through May 31.
Congratulations to the Class of 2023! If you are attending Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 13, read details about what to bring, where to park, etc.
FYI, the Roundup will take a break in June, and we’ll be back in July. In the meantime, we’d value your feedback about how we can improve the Berkeley Life Roundup email. You’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Berkeley Life: By Students, For Students
Four students share what made their Berkeley experience most memorable.
Solving problems, learning how to manage her time, and becoming a stronger leader were a few of the ways Berkeley changed senior Samantha H.
AA&PI: Nikkei Student Union
Meet Kylie K. and Emily T., two staff chairs of Berkeley’s Nikkei Student Union (NSU), a cultural club for members of the Japanese diaspora (“Nikkei”).
Visit the Magnes Museum
Celebrate Jewish History Month with first-year Rachel H. at the world-class Magnes Collection of Jewish Arts and Life in downtown Berkeley.
UNITY Drag Show
All the highlights of this year’s UNITY show. The theme of “As Above, So Below” centers around dualities and is held by the UNITY Theme residential program, a “living-learning community that focuses on LGBTQ+ education, community-building, and leadership development.”
Traffic/Parking May 13
Heavy traffic is expected Saturday, May 13 for the campus commencement ceremony. Parking permits (annual, monthly, or daily) will not be valid at central campus lots (such as Underhill, Foothill, etc.) between 5 a.m. and 2 p.m. (nor will hourly parking be available in these lots). If you are planning to move out from campus housing that day, it is strongly recommended that you wait until after 2 p.m. to avoid traffic.
Move-Out Furniture Disposal: May 19 to 30
For students moving out and looking to dispose of their large furniture items: Donate your reusable goods to Cooperative Reuse. The program offers free mattress recycling. From May 19 to 30 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m, bring your reusable furniture to the southwest parking lot of Clark Kerr.
Get Free Furniture
If you or a friend needs to furnish an apartment: Come by the southwest parking lot of Clark Kerr between May 19 and 30 to get free, gently used furniture that’s been donated as part of the Cooperative Reuse Move-Out program.
Health & Safety
SHIP Waiver Period Open
If you have comparable health insurance that meets the SHIP waiver criteria and do not wish to have dual coverage, submit an online waiver application to waive your enrollment in SHIP. The deadline to waive without a late fee is July 17.
Seniors: SHIP Coverage Ends July 31
SHIP 2022/23 coverage ends on July 31 (for graduating seniors or students leaving UC Berkeley). The ending of SHIP is considered a qualifying event that opens a 60-day special enrollment period for you to enroll in other insurance plans. For help, call 510-642-5700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mental Health Resources
May is Mental Health Awareness Month; don’t forget that mental health services at UHS are available for free to all UC Berkeley students, regardless of insurance. Here are some of the many services available:
- Let’s Talk Drop-In with UHS counselors
- Individual & Couples Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Career & Stress Management Counseling
Debit Funds Accepted: CVS Telegraph
The CVS store at 2655 Telegraph Avenue is the newest addition to Cal 1 Card Merchant partner locations where you can use your Cal 1 Card debit funds.
Online AA&PI Talk
Join the Library’s online celebration May 31 at 8:30 a.m. (Pacific) of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Presenters will speak about current social and political issues faced by Asian Americans in the United States. Register in advance.
Reminder: Recreation & Wellbeing Through May 31
All current student members will have access to Recreation & Wellbeing facilities and programs through May 31. Summer semester membership will be valid June 1 through August 31.
Summer Reading Recommendations
This summer, whether you’re a new admit or a continuing student, pick a book from the annual UC Berkeley Summer Reading List for New Students.
Take a Survey
University Health Services wants to hear from you. Please fill out this end-of-year survey by May 31.
Roundup: Enter to Win a Gift Card
Tell us what you think about the Berkeley Life Roundup email, and you’ll be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card.
Share Your Summer Plans
Show us what you are doing this summer. Answer our Selfie Survey by July 31 and get entered into a raffle. $25 gift card prize drawings will happen every two weeks. Are you relaxing at home? Interning? Traveling? However you spend your summer, we hope you enjoy it and get some well-earned rest!
Graduating Seniors: What’s Your First-Destination?
For graduating seniors, complete the First Destination Survey (you’ll need to log into Handshake) and let us know what your plans are after graduation. Even if you haven’t landed on a decision yet, we’d like to hear from you.
By completing the UC Graduate Student Experience survey for the graduate and professional student community, you will be entered into several prize drawings for gift cards ranging from $25 to $200.
Resources & Support
Tech Tips for Graduating Seniors
If you’re graduating, note these important tips about campus technology:
- You have approximately 9 months to transfer your student email account to an alumni email account.
- Free software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft 365, expires on the last day of the semester in which you are registered. (If you check your account and find that you still have access past your graduation date, prepare for it to close without notice.)
- Return your STEP technology within two weeks after you’ve graduated.
Reduce Google Storage
By June 2024 UC Berkeley must reduce the total amount of content in its collective Google accounts by 87% decrease. Start reducing your content now and/or move your content to another storage service as needed. You can find more information at Berkeley bConnected.
Summer Meal Plans
Get access to beverages, snacks, and meals in a variety of great locations across campus.
If you have family members or friends who will be visiting campus, please have them connect to Berkeley-Visitor; no CalNet ID or passphrase are required.
Jobs, Careers, Volunteer
Work with Kids This Summer
Berkeley/Oakland AileyCamp, a six-week summer dance camp for middle schoolers produced on campus by Cal Performances, is hiring students to work as Group Leaders and to serve as an Administrative Assistant.
Internship Prep & Connect Pilot Program
The Career Center is piloting a new equity-oriented program in the fall. The program, Internship Prep & Connect, aims to prepare undergraduate students to work in an internship by boosting career readiness and connecting you with employers that offer internship opportunities. Application deadline: July 31.
Just For Graduate Students
Interested in pursuing a PhD but not sure where to start — or which program is the right fit for your interest? Attend this free online series of events to learn more.
Watch Grad Slam
Watch a video of seven Berkeley graduate students showcase their research in three-minute talks at the Berkeley Grad Slam. Madison Browne’s presentation, Shedding Light on Alzheimer’s Disease, took first place.
Join a Summer Check-in Group that meets weekly with a small group of fellow graduate students to set goals, share resources and experiences, reflect on your values and priorities, and discuss topics and struggles related to life as a graduate student.
Tip for Reimbursements
A reminder for graduate students who are making reimbursements: When you click “Save & Continue” or “Save This Expense,” your report has been saved. You do not need to recreate a report. This will avoid duplicates in the system.
This month the Roundup was sent in Cal Messages, but we will return to our other format in July. Congratulations to everyone for getting through the spring semester!
Stephen C. Sutton, Ed.D. (he/him/his)
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Berkeley Life Roundup is a monthly email (one less in summer) with news just for students: health and wellness information, a summary of important campus updates, resources and support, and opportunities to connect, engage, and learn. Please also check out Berkeley Life hub, Berkeley Life Instagram and TikTok. Graduate students can also connect with Graduate Division Instagram, as well as other platforms.
This message was sent to all undergraduate and graduate students.