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 about your experience. L&S College Advisers work often with students experiencing academic struggle. Our focus is on helping you identify obstacles you are facing and to help you understand resources or options you may have for reaching your goals.
When you meet with an L&S College Adviser, you can expect an interaction with someone who will listen without judgment and who has an expertise on policy to help you choose your best options moving forward.
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 different 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 home page. If a deadline is coming up quickly and you need support in making a decision, call (510-642-1483) or meet with an L&S College Adviser. 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 experience to that of other students, remember that each undergraduate's experience is different. Some students will experience more challenges to academic success that are completely outside of their control and that may have nothing to do with academics.
Taking timely action to confront challenges or obstacles as they arise can keep academic struggle from reflecting on your academic record. This might mean changing your approach to a course, it may mean dropping a course or changing a grading option, it may even mean taking a semester off from Cal.