Use berkeley.edu calendar for friendly calendar stalking. This makes it easy to schedule time with your peers
If you’re doing this, also put your classes on your calendar
Explicitly schedule research time on your calendar, particularly for later in the semester when classes pick up speed
Create a“backup only/not useful now” sub-inbox in bMail to sort the mails
Select the activities/events/lectures to go because time is limited.
Non-English native speakers should enroll in LAN PRO 380, install Grammarly for email/Facebook language correction, and double-check everything before you send/submit.
Ask peers/professors if they prefer in-person/email/slack/etc. for communication, since respecting this will generally get you faster responses
Don’t expect a standard/comprehensive on-boarding experience
Proactively reach out to professors, particularly potential advisors. Ask to schedule a regular time with them if appropriate.
Some things to generally ask about: Fellowships/funding, conferences, class recommendations, prioritizing classes vs. research
Paper reading strategies; many classes and papers have suggestions on this, the following were from my 1st semester classes
Jot down notes as you read the paper(highlight, bullet points, etc.)
Write a 1-2 sentence summary of the paper IN YOUR OWN WORDS after reading it
Come up with at least one interesting question/thought that you’d like to theoretically discuss with someone else that read the paper
Staying in campus during the winter break and Christmas can lead to serious loneliness. Suggest first-year students to book the airline ticket home for winter break ASAP. Note: most professors are also traveling during the winter break and Christmas. There is limited benefit to stay in campus, even if you want to do research.
What should I do for reading/storing papers?
Option 1: Print them out, highlight/annotate them, and keep them in roughly organized folders(e.g. by class)
Option 2: Use some software like Mendeley to store, highlight, annotate, and organize them. This can be done on tablet or laptop.
Option 3: Some hybrid of the above(e.g. store them digitally but read them physically)