I am nervous to speak with an adviser about struggling
If you are struggling academically, it is natural to feel nervous about speaking with an academic adviser. L&S College Advisers frequently work with students experiencing academic challenges and seek to create a safe and comfortable space for these conversations. We can provide an understanding ear, help you identify academic options based on the obstacles you are facing, and connect you to resources.
We highly encourage you to meet with an L&S College Adviser early if you are concerned about a class or classes, even if you feel you can recover your grade(s), so that you can go over your options and understand the timeline you have to make various decisions in a semester.
I have an urgent matter that is impacting my academics
If you have an urgent matter that is impacting your academics, we recommend:
Contact the instructor(s) of the course or courses that are impacted. Let the instructor know what is happening, what impact you predict (i.e. missing lecture, late assignment, etc.), and ask what your options are.
Review the deadlines on our homepage. If a deadline is coming up quickly and you need support in making a decision, see our Appointments and Advice page for available services. We do not recommend email for urgent issues.
How common is it for students to struggle at UC Berkeley?
Nearly every Cal student will experience some level of difficulty in their coursework at UC Berkeley. While it is natural to compare your situation to that of other students, remember that each undergraduate's experience is different. Some students will encounter more challenges to academic success due to differences in preparation available to them or circumstances that are outside of their control and that may have nothing to do with academics.
There are resources available to help! Taking timely action to confront challenges or obstacles as they arise can help you assess the best option for you. This might mean changing your approach to a course, dropping a course or changing a grading option,or even taking a semester off from Cal.