08/10/20 — Today on The (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer, we talk with Amy Dinh from the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation. She tells us about the changes for the fall semester, and shares which courses are designed for frosh and transfer students. Plus, Amy introduces us to the Berkeley Certificate in Design Innovation, student led DeCal courses, student organizations with whom they partner, and more.
ESS 2020-21 archive
08/03/20 — The UC Berkeley Career Center supports you in finding jobs, internships, and more. This week on the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer we are excited to have Revae Hitt and Michael Harris, career counselors whose primary focus is working with students in engineering and physical sciences.
07/27/20 — This week on the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer we are introduced to UC Berkeley's NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program (GCSP). Faculty adviser for the program, Lisa Pruitt and Grand Challenges Scholars executive director, Kedrick Perry, tell us about the scope of the program, why it was brought to Berkeley Engineering, how to apply and so much more.
07/20/20 — Luis Castillo, student development manager for Engineering Student Services and Connie Mi, rising junior and president of the Engineering Student Council are our guests on this week's (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer. We discussed the benefits of joining student organizations and competition teams, how to learn about the organizations that are available, and how to choose the team that is right fit for you. Plus we get into the details of application processes, what is the time commitment and if there are additional costs.
07/13/20 — This week on the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer we are talking about registration. Beginning this week all incoming freshman and transfer students will be registering for up to 17.5 units in preparation for Fall 2020. Almost everyone has gone through Golden Bear Advising and has heard back from their ESS adviser. Now is the time to double check your registration appointment on CalCentral and make sure your shopping cart is full and ready to go. We are excited to have Engineering Student Services adviser, Chaniqua Butscher, on the podcast to share some last minute tips, and discuss policies to keep in mind, to help you during the enrollment process.
07/06/20 — This week we are excited to have Sharon Mueller, the director of advising and policy in Engineering Student Services, answering some questions about the Fall 2020 semester. We discussed the different modes of instruction, key terminology that will help you understand how the courses will be taught, and where to get the most updated information.
06/29/20 — This week on the the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer the College of Engineer's associate dean for students, Lisa Pruitt, joins us to talk about the fall semester, resilience, self-care and more.
06/22/20 — This week on the the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer we are talking with Joseph Sell, counseling projects coordinator from the Financial Aid and Scholarships office. We know that the pandemic has changed many aspects of our students' lives and Joe gives us more information about how to navigate some of those changes, including applying for financial aid if you haven't already done so, updating your expected family contribution if it has changed, where to find out about available scholarships and more.
06/15/20 — This week on the the (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer we are excited to have Claire-Marie Kooi, Engineering Student Service's student engagement programs manager. (ES)² is a first-year program that fosters an engineering culture that reflects our richly diverse national community and prepares students to be socially engaged, well-rounded engineers. Claire goes in-depth about (ES)² with topics including application requirements, program highlights, and program benefits. Open only to incoming freshmen and transfer students, applications for (ES)² are due July 1.
06/08/20 — This week The (Not So) Secret Guide to Being a Berkeley Engineer is excited to have Tiffany Reardon, associate director for engineering excellence programs in Engineering Student Services. She invites you to explore a few different ways that you can prepare this summer for Berkeley Engineering. Topics include: refreshing your math and other subject skills through test banks and watching Berkeley lectures; learning to code with free online resources; researching professors who will be teaching you and getting familiar with their journal articles and technical writing; exploring student organizations and competition teams; and much more.