Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology 24, Section 2

Finding Mentorship in College: Lessons from the Movies (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor George Chang
Wednesday 10:00-12:00, Media Resources Center, Moffitt Library, Class number: 46581

Most UC Berkeley students hope for mentorship from the top-tier faculty, but few students know how to obtain that mentorship. Few students know that "mentorship" is actually composed of many little instances of "micro-mentorship that, viewed in retrospect, add up to magnificent mentorship experiences.

In NST24 we will watch examples of mentorship in movies and then talk about real-life applications of the lessons learned. We will screen films such as "Captains Courageous," "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," and "The Seven Samurai." Then teams of students will lead discussions of the films and the examples of mentorship they portray.

While our official theme is mentorship, we will inevitably discuss other aspects of the freshman experience (for example, examinations, office hours, and "the room mate from hell").

After class, we will continue our discussions in the Unit Three Dining Commons. We will provide meal passes for seminar members who may not have meal plans. In addition, we will use a "secret" Facebook Group for sharing thoughts, announcements, and video clips.

Instructor Bio

Professor Chang received an AB degree in chemistry from Princeton and a PhD in biochemistry from UC Berkeley. He has been teaching at Cal since 1970. In 2005, he moved into a residence hall and became the first professor in the UC Berkeley Faculty in Residence Program. He has had several great mentors, and he has worked to mentor Cal students, both in person and through social media. His Facebook group "STUDY TIPS and OTHER GOOD THINGS" has over 22,000 members. He invites students to join.


I welcome students from any college, school, or department. However I must warn them that NST24 will NOT be about diets, exercise, or healthy living. It will be about MENTORSHIP.

This seminar is part of the following programs

Food for Thought