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It’s that time again: Class Registration

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

In the midst of the second round of midterms, it’s that time again. If you didn’t know already the class schedule for Winter 2011 is now available and pass times are up on MyUCDavis and SISWEB.

Tips on choosing your schedule:

Stay on track: Make sure you are meeting your college department’s AND your major requirements. This is easiest to sort out with your advisors but if in a time crunch they can be looked up on their respective sites. If you are thinking of changing majors try and file the forms as soon as you’ve decided because you won’t be able to sign up for upper division classes until Pass 2.

Ask around: Look to peers to gauge which professor would be the best fit for you. Visit your major’s peer advisors. Send a blast on Facebook. Check out Rate My Professors. Just take everything you hear with a grain of salt because everyone learns differently. What may be someone’s hardest teacher could be your most inspiring and challenging one.

Final check: Double check you won’t be overloading yourself during finals. Sometimes you may have the perfect schedule but at the very end need to take three finals in one day. It can be done but just be cautious. There are also ways to to petition to take one of those finals on another date but it is best to avoid that process if you can. Pay attention to the Exam Code for your classes and compare them on page 29 of the guide.

Balance is key: Know your limits. For some 22 units is the norm. For others the minimum 13 units is enough when factoring in extra curricular activities and work. Be realistic when choosing that 8AM class if your earliest class usually starts in the afternoon – it is winter quarter after all.

Check Availability: Pay attention to courses only offered certain quarters. One of my classes I’m taking is only offered winter quarter so I made sure all my other classes could fit around that one.

Explore: Take advantage of Freshman Seminars and learn about the history of Japanese garden design, rocket science, and zombies – oh my! Enrolling in any of the introductory <insert major> 10 courses may lead to deciding to minor or even double major in another subject.

Sign up for a PE class. We all mean to go to the ARC more so what better way to work on your fitness than to commit to a class that’s already included in your tuition? You can finally learn how to bowl correctly, rock climb or self defend.

Plan B: Make sure to have back up classes to choose from. The Open Course List is your friend. You may have to wait for Pass 2 to sign up. If you are debating between two classes you’re interested in try and sign up for both – you can also drop one after you attend the first day.

I really like to have all my CRN’s entered in the boxes on SISWEB a minute before my pass time so I can just press the submit button on the dot. Don’t do this too early or SISWEB will have you log in again. Happy scheduling and please share any tips you may have!

Davis Eats: The Dumpling House

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

One of my goals before I graduate is to eat at every restaurant in Davis. I say the best way to a city’s heart is through your stomach. First stop:

The Dumpling House, formerly known as London’s Fish & Chips, still has all the the deep fried goodness you’d expect plus asian comfort food. Didn’t know about the take over until AggieTV featured it. I love coming here because it’s like visiting an old friend who always puts you in a good mood. Whether coming here to share a plate of dumplings with a friend or enjoying an unagi bowl to myself I am never disappointed.

After having their freshly made dumplings you’ll never bother to buy that bag of Ling Ling’s from Costco again. But I definitely only order them with a friend or two because they give so much – 12 for $6.50.  According to Daviswiki you can buy a frozen pack of 50 for $18.75.

It always feels so cozy inside with the warm yellow walls.

These are some of the best fish tacos I’ve had and all for $5.50. Next time, deep fried Snickers bar – I’m coming for you.

The Bike Garage

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

My bike seat was loose – moving every time I got off. After a week of annoyance I finally decided to stop by The Bike Barn for help. They referenced me to The Bike Garage over at the parking lot next to the MU bus stop. Who knew there was a place on campus where you could learn how to repair your bike for free?

I looped around the parking lot mystified of its whereabouts and ended up asking a bus driver. I hope these photos will help you out!

Everyone was really nice and encouraging. It was sorta like a tutoring center but for do-it-yourself tuning up.

To check out a wrench to tighten the bolts on my seat I just traded my student ID.

I even learned how to pump air into my tires & more importantly when to stop. Now I happily ride my bike worry free. Check it out for all your bike repair needs.

Salad Bowl Garden

Originally posted in UC Davis Student Affairs Blog | I Live UCD.

In true Aggie style I was able to create my own lunch yesterday at the Salad Bowl Garden right on campus – for free!

Last spring I heard about their harvest celebration before they were to start planting for summer. I wanted everyone to know about it and contacted Margaret Lloyd who founded the garden to see if she would do me the honor of being my first interview for AggieTV.

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More from my interview with Margaret:

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Check it out – it’s right across Freeborn near the MU bus station. There’s still a bunch of basil, sage, tomatoes to be picked before they clear it out for fall planting! To stay updated for when they have plantings and salad bowl lunches contact saladbowlgardeners@googlegroups.com

Karen - October 2, 2010 - 2:56 am

I had no idea this existed on campus! Very interesting.

Rachel - October 2, 2010 - 3:24 pm

Hooray! I love spreading the word – lemme know how you like it! :)