May 2023

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SHIP Waiver Period Now Open

All registered UC Berkeley undergrad and grad students are automatically enrolled in the Berkeley Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) as a way to meet the University of California’s health insurance mandate as set by the UC Regents.

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 waiver must be filled out annually. The deadline to waive without a late fee is July 17, 2023. No waivers will be accepted after August 15, 2023.

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Tips for RRR Week: The Pomodoro Technique

Looking for an effective studying method? The Pomodoro Technique is a popular time management method with focused work sessions and frequent short breaks to promote sustained concentration and stave off mental fatigue. Try it and let us know what you think!

The Pomodoro Technique consists of the following steps:

  • Choose a task to be accomplished.
  • Set a timer for 25 minutes.
  • Work on the task until the time is up.
  • Take a 5-minute break.
  • Repeat this 25/5 cycle four times, and then take a longer break at the end (15-30 mins).

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Mental Health services at UHS are available for free to all UC Berkeley students regardless of insurance. Here are some of the services available to you:

  • Let's Talk - Drop-in consultations (informal, brief, free) with UHS mental health counselors.
  • Group Counseling - Group counseling is a powerful and effective way for students to 1) share concerns, 2) give and receive support, and 3) learn new skills and heal.
  • Individual and Couples Counseling - Short-term counseling for students.
  • Career Counseling - Comprehensive counseling services to help you select a major, make career decisions, and deal with academic anxieties.
  • Social Services Counseling - Services are topic-specific and aim to help students strengthen coping skills, problem solve, and identify resources.
  • TAO - A free online tool available to all UC Berkeley students.
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Summer Break Reminders

Before the summer break, here are some reminders: 

If you are leaving for the summer

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

If you are staying for the summer

  • Take note of the UHS summer schedule beginning May 15, 2023.

If you are graduating or leaving UC Berkeley

We hope you have a great summer!

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Reminder for Graduating Seniors w/SHIP: Coverage ends on July 31, 2023!

SHIP 2022-23 coverage ends on July 31. Whether you are graduating or leaving UC Berkeley, the ending of SHIP is considered a qualifying event that opens a 60-day special enrollment period for you to enroll in other insurance plans. Here are some options that may be available to you:

  • If under 26 years old, you may be able to stay on your parent/guardian's insurance plan (Ask your parents ASAP!)
  • Covered California or your State-Exchange Plan
  • Medi-Cal or Medicaid
  • Purchase a private insurance plan
  • Enroll in an employer-based insurance plan

The SHIP office is available to help you with your transition, call (510) 642-5700 or email [email protected] for assistance.

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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) offers a variety of services that can be helpful if you are trying to choose a major, make decisions about your career, or simply don't know what to do! We are here to help, you don't have to make these big decisions alone.

Check out the Career Counseling Library's virtual services 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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This is the last issue of our newsletter for the

2022-23 academic year. See you in August!