May 2022

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View Upcoming Events at UHS

  • 5/1: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • 5/1: Mental Health Awareness Month
  • 5/1: SHIP 2022-23 Waiver Period Opens
  • 5/2 - 5/6: UC Berkeley Reading/Review/Recitation Week
  • 5/7 - 5/8: Last Weekend Urgent Care at UHS is open
  • 5/9 - 5/13: UC Berkeley Final Examinations
  • 5/13: Last day to use HOF funds!
  • 5/14: UC Berkeley Commencement
  • 5/16: UHS Summer Service Begins (Closed on weekends)
  • 5/30: UHS CLOSED: Academic & Administrative Holiday (Memorial Day)

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Getting Ready for Finals: Tips for RRR Week

Taking care of yourself and being prepared helps you do well at UC Berkeley! Here are our top tips for RRR week:

  • Make a study schedule - what, when, where, etc.
  • Take breaks and manage stress - Treat yourself in between study sessions to unwind and recharge.
  • Drink water - Drinking water helps prevent dehydration, a condition that can cause unclear thinking, mood change, etc.
  • Eat regularly - When you nourish your body throughout the day, your energy levels remain constant to help power you through those study sessions. So stock up on easy/healthy snacks and meals.
  • Stretch and move your body - Get your body moving to reduce stress and refocus.
  • Schedule sleep and naps - Your brain needs time to consolidate everything you’ve learned into your memory. That’s where sleep comes in!
  • Stay positive and silence your inner critic - A healthier way to deal with stressful situations is to show yourself self-compassion.
  • Be realistic - There is only so much you can do to prepare. Do your best without hurting your mental or physical health.

Learn more about study strategies on our refresh for finals webpage. Good luck with finals, Bears! And remember, you are more than your grades.


Important Summer Break Reminders

Summer break is fast approaching! Don't forget about special UHS closures and limited hours throughout the summer. Before the summer break, remember: 

If you are leaving Berkeley for the summer

  • Arrange travel vaccines/consultations at UHS in advance.
  • Get a COVID test at UHS or elsewhere before you travel.
  • Schedule appointments and refill prescriptions.
  • If you have SHIP, review the Wellfleet Network options outside of Berkeley/UHS.

If you are staying in Berkeley for the summer

  • Take note of UHS summer schedule/weekend closures beginning May 16, 2022.

If you are graduating or leaving UC Berkeley

Have a safe, healthy, and happy summer!


Mental Health Awareness Month: Stress Management

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and we want to talk about stress. Stress is a normal part of life, and can’t be avoided entirely, but it can be managed. Here are some strategies you can try to help manage your stress:

  • Identify sources of stress
  • Avoid unnecessary stress
  • Change the situation
  • Change your perception
  • Practice acceptance
  • Use coping techniques
  • Increase your resiliency
  • Seeking support

If your efforts to manage your stress don’t seem to be helping, or you’d just like to have professional support, consider using the many services available to students at UHS (group counseling, career counseling, health coaching, Let's Talk consultations, advice nurse, etc.).

Remember: Stress management is an ongoing practice, not a one-time activity. Make it part of your regular routine for the best results.

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SHIP Waiver Period Now Open

All registered students at the University of California are required to meet the university’s health insurance mandate as set by the UC Regents. Registered UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as a way to meet this mandate.

If you have comparable health insurance that meets the SHIP waiver criteria and do not wish to have dual coverage, you can submit an online waiver application to waive your enrollment in SHIP. The deadline to waive without a late fee is July 15, 2022.

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It's never too early to start envisioning your post-grad life!

The Career Counseling Library at UHS (free for all students) provides comprehensive career counseling services to help you select a major and make career decisions. To make good decisions, it is often helpful to know how your unique personal qualities relate to opportunities in the working world. The Career Counseling Library offers a variety of services that can be helpful if you are trying to choose a major and/or make decisions about your career. Or if you simply don't know what to do! We are here to help, you don't have to make these big decisions alone.

Drop into the Career Counseling Library and get expert help in making a career plan you feel comfortable and confident in. Relieve some of your career anxieties, we are open all summer!

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