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 ====Step 1: After You Accept Berkeley'​s Offer of Admission==== ====Step 1: After You Accept Berkeley'​s Offer of Admission====
  
-  * Look over the [[http://​grad.berkeley.edu/​wp-content/​uploads/​graduate-student-handbook.pdf|Graduate Student Handbook.]] +  * Look over the [[https://​grad.berkeley.edu/​wp-content/​uploads/​2020-graduate-student-handbook_FINAL-1.pdf|Graduate Student Handbook.]] 
-  * If you are in the process of graduating, arrange to have an "​official"​ final transcript sent to the Graduate Division once available. +  * If you recently graduated and have not already done so, arrange to have an "​official"​ final transcript sent to the Graduate Division once available. 
-  * Arrange your financial support for your first year.  If you have a non-Berkeley fellowship, make sure the [[abanayat@astro.berkeley.edu|Student Affairs Officer (Amber)]] knows about it.  Most new students act as teaching assistants (GSIs); if you do nothing you will probably be assigned to be one.+  * Arrange your financial support for your first year.  If you have a non-Berkeley fellowship, make sure the [[yasasha@astro.berkeley.edu|Student Affairs Officer (Yasasha)]] knows about it.  Most new students act as teaching assistants (GSIs); if you do nothing you will probably be assigned to be one.
   * Find a place to live in the Berkeley area. The page on [[housing]] has all of the gory details -- see the "​Incoming Student Strategy"​ section. The most important point is to **start thinking about how you're going to find housing immediately!** If you show up in August without housing plans, you will get stuck with something expensive and unpleasant.   * Find a place to live in the Berkeley area. The page on [[housing]] has all of the gory details -- see the "​Incoming Student Strategy"​ section. The most important point is to **start thinking about how you're going to find housing immediately!** If you show up in August without housing plans, you will get stuck with something expensive and unpleasant.
   * If you are a US citizen or permanent resident but are new to California, you will be required by the department to establish California residency. ​ To do this, you must arrive in California and begin documenting your presence **more than one solar year** before the start of your third semester in graduate school -- don't arrive late! For more information on residency requirements,​ follow these links to the [[http://​registrar.berkeley.edu/​Residency/​legalinfo.html|Office of the Registrar]] and the BADGrads guide to  [[residency]].   * If you are a US citizen or permanent resident but are new to California, you will be required by the department to establish California residency. ​ To do this, you must arrive in California and begin documenting your presence **more than one solar year** before the start of your third semester in graduate school -- don't arrive late! For more information on residency requirements,​ follow these links to the [[http://​registrar.berkeley.edu/​Residency/​legalinfo.html|Office of the Registrar]] and the BADGrads guide to  [[residency]].
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     * A voided, blank check for attaching to your Electronic Funds Transfer setup form.  You can also set up EFT online [[https://​eftstudent.berkeley.edu/​|by clicking here]].     * A voided, blank check for attaching to your Electronic Funds Transfer setup form.  You can also set up EFT online [[https://​eftstudent.berkeley.edu/​|by clicking here]].
     * Make sure you know your CalNet ID and password!     * Make sure you know your CalNet ID and password!
-  * Find your mentor. She or he will give you some useful information and start taking you around the department to the various staff members whom you'll need to talk to to get your key card activated, etc. If your plans for meeting your mentor fall though, go to the office of Amber Banayat ​(501E) and introduce yourself. You might also look for the Mentor Masters: Alex Krolewski, Kareem el-Badry, and Michael Medford.+  * Find your mentor. She or he will give you some useful information and start taking you around the department to the various staff members whom you'll need to talk to to get your key card activated, etc. If your plans for meeting your mentor fall though, go to the office of Yasasha Ridel (501E) and introduce yourself. ​
   * As a new student, there are a bunch of administrative things that you need to take care of at some point. Your mentor can help you work on them over the rest of the day, or you can put them off and do whatever else you want to instead. It's up to you. Your mentor will be happy to help you get settled in whatever way you deem best.   * As a new student, there are a bunch of administrative things that you need to take care of at some point. Your mentor can help you work on them over the rest of the day, or you can put them off and do whatever else you want to instead. It's up to you. Your mentor will be happy to help you get settled in whatever way you deem best.
  
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 There will be several activities over the first few weeks, some required, some not. Many university-wide ones are listed [[http://​www.grad.berkeley.edu/​new_students/​events.shtml|here]]. Some important and/or astronomy-specific ones are: There will be several activities over the first few weeks, some required, some not. Many university-wide ones are listed [[http://​www.grad.berkeley.edu/​new_students/​events.shtml|here]]. Some important and/or astronomy-specific ones are:
  
-** Fall 2019 ** +** Fall 2020 ** 
-  * Friday, 8/16: You need to arrive on campus by this day for residency purposes (for more information see the link above). +  * Friday, 8/16: You need to arrive on campus by this day for residency purposes (for more information see the link above). This requirement has probably been relaxed due to COVID-19
-  * Wednesday, 8/21: Department Orientation ​and Respect is Part of Research workshop. This day will include a Q&A session about [[course enrollment guide|choosing courses]], both practicalities and broader considerations,​ and the first all-class lunch+  * Tuesday, 8/18: Department Orientation, 9-11 am. This will include a Q&A session about [[course enrollment guide|choosing courses]], both practicalities and broader considerations,​ and a meet-and-greet with grads from 11-12. 
-  * Friday, 8/23: University-wide orientation for all GSIs (graduate student instructors). Register [[http://​gsi.berkeley.edu/​programs-services/​conference/​fall-teaching-conference-registration/ | here]] beforehand. For international GSIs, there is an additional conference on Thursday, 8/22+  * Wednesday, 8/19: Respect is Part of Research workshop, 8-11 am.  
-  * Monday, 8/26: Astronomy Teaching Bootcamp (Day 1) to help prepare you for your first classes. +  * Friday, 8/21: University-wide orientation for all GSIs (graduate student instructors). Register [[https://​gsi.berkeley.edu/​programs-services/​conference/​fall-conference-information/ | here]] beforehand. For international GSIs, there is an additional conference on Thursday, 8/20
-  * Tuesday, 8/27: Astronomy Teaching Bootcamp (Day 2) to help prepare you for your first classes. +  * Monday, 8/24: Astronomy Teaching Bootcamp (Day 1) to help prepare you for your first classes. 
-  * Wednesday, 8/28: Classes begin! +  * Tuesday, 8/25: Astronomy Teaching Bootcamp (Day 2) to help prepare you for your first classes. 
-  * Friday, 8/30: The annual [[http://​badgrads.berkeley.edu/​doku.php?​id=student_jobs|Jobs Meeting]].+  * Wednesday, 8/26: Classes begin! 
 +  * Friday, 8/28: The annual [[http://​badgrads.berkeley.edu/​doku.php?​id=student_jobs|Jobs Meeting]].
  
 You should also get acquainted with the normal schedule of [[talks in the department]]. You should also get acquainted with the normal schedule of [[talks in the department]].