How to be a Standout Student in Large Lecture Halls

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Transitioning from high school to college was, for me, almost as seamless as movie montages make it out to be. I didn’t have trouble making friends in the residence halls, and I remembered to wear my flip-flops in the shower every morning. Opportunities to get involved were literally right outside my door on a bulletin board, and I managed to make gluten-free eating work in the on-campus restaurants. The one aspect of college that made me feel overwhelmed was the actual “college” part …oh, yeah, the whole reason I’m here. I was engaged in my classes and was able to keep up with the readings, but I felt a little lost in the crowd. Moving from a class of 30 to a class of over 100 is a big step. Here are some ways that helped me gain a personal connection in my lectures:

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Anonymous asked: Do you know anything about UCR's media and cultural studies major? Also, any words of wisdom to a prospective student who's never left the east coast?

This answer comes courtesy of my friend and MCS major, Jake:

"One of the first things you should know if you’re thinking about Media and Cultural Studies as a major is this: it is not a film major. It has many elements of a film major, but it is much more than that. The main goal of the major is for students to be able to be media literate in a modern society dominated by media. Films, essays, social media, TV shows and more are examined under and across different cultural microscopes. The way in which a certain media might affect someone in the U.S. might be entirely different than in China.

There are also film production classes included to get a better understanding of behind-the-scenes work and how to effectively communicate messages you want to purvey. I can honestly say I am extremely happy with it as my major. I have learned how to navigate and engage with a media-saturated world without being overwhelmed, while also learning how to produce some of my own media. If you considering it, I highly recommend it!

From the website: Our majors learn to understand the links between the local and the global, tracking influences and borrowings from Hollywood to Bollywood, from anime to videogames, to the processes of globalization. Students learn to interrogate the relationships between the conditions of production (policy, ownership, institutions, regulation); the formations of social movements and practices of expressive cultures; and the production of meaning through different media texts and technologies.”

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Mission Inn Riverside, CA

Love this shot of one of downtown Riverside’s landmarks!

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Riverside, CA

Love this shot of one of downtown Riverside’s landmarks!

Top 16 Riverside Restaurants for College Students

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Are you looking for your next favorite restaurant? Something new to eat? Or something cool to Instagram?

Whether you are a food fanatic, or just plain staving, you are going to need an empty stomach in order to try out these top Riverside restaurants suggested by a number of very opinionated R’side natives. After reading through all the excited submissions I received from students and professors sharing their favorite spots, I listed and categorized the ones that were frequently mentioned below. So the next time you want to taste some good eats, give one of these places a try.

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any idea on how UCR determines which students get accepted from the waiting list? I got on the wait list and I reallllllly want to come to UCR this fall! I've emailed my admissions officer asking him if there was anything I could do, whether it was sending in transcripts or whatever. Do you know of anything else I could possibly maybe do? Thanks! :)

Hi! At this point, it all depends on the individual college offices. As you may know, UCR is divided into four colleges: CHASS, CNAS, BCOE, and SoBA. At the waitlist level, each college decides how many students they’re willing to admit off the waitlist after a set amount of time. The timeline here is up to them — last year, decisions went out in June — so at this point, my biggest recommendation is to continue with your alternate college plans. There’s no definite inclination whether or not the colleges will admit off the waitlist, so it’s best to have a backup plan.

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Campus Traditions: TARTAN SOUL

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A little history: What is Tartan?

Tartan refers to the pattern of interlocking stripes, running in both the warp and weft in the cloth (horizontal and vertical), where the design is meant to represent certain Scottish clans and families. 

This is our UCR Tartan, registered in Scotland, representing our UCR family.

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Okay, so what’s Tartan Soul?

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In 2005, the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) put forth a Statement of Ethical Values. The UC Regents recognized and adopted the four values: integrity, accountability, excellence, & respect.

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We love this article about Tartan Soul, the statement of values to which UCR adheres. Also, tartan is jamalicious, and looks great on a kilt. Check out the full article via our friends at the UCR Hub!

-Rebecca

5 Tips to Stay Focused in Lecture

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The conclusion of the first two weeks of spring quarter means that we’ve officially started the last quarter of the academic school year. I don’t know about you, but I definitely feel like spring break wasn’t nearly long enough to fully recover from winter quarter. As a result, it’s a little bit harder to get motivated about classes, but here are five tips that help me stay focused (and awake) in lecture.

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Anonymous asked: am i able to take a biological sciences course at a different university if it's one of my lower division requirements for my major or am i going to have to take it at ucr? do i have to fill out a petition for it or something?

It depends on a few factors: your academic standing, the university you attend and the specifics of the class. The best place to begin is with your academic adviser.

More answers below! Funny story: I answered all of these in one document, and then accidentally hit “cancel” before I could submit, and this story isn’t that funny, and it’s actually kind of sad. Let me know if I missed your question!

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Choosing Between Study Abroad and UCDC/UCCS

I like to joke that I am a walking advertisement for the Off Campus Academic Experiences Office. With my constant posting of stickers on every flat surface, Education Abroad Program chapsticks, refusing to use anything but my UCDC pens and constant chatter of my experiences outside of UC Riverside, I am committed to making sure everyone knows about the resources available for students who wish to continue their undergraduate education outside of UC Riverside.

My freshman year I opened an email that I’m sure we’ve all received too many times to count. You know the one — the reminder that there was an information session being held for people interested in the UCDC Academic Internship Program. Near the end of my first quarter at UCR, I caved and attended an info session. Life got in the way, though, with my goal to graduate early, study abroad and figure out exactly what I was doing with my life.

I spent a semester abroad my junior year on an EAP program in the United Kingdom, and am spending my last quarter as an undergraduate student participating in the UCDC Academic Internship Program. As an advocate for both programs, I am often asked by students who stop by for help in the study abroad office which is better — or better yet, which would be more beneficial to them. Loving both programs so much, it’s always hard for me to answer this question, especially because there are no real cons to either program. If you are trying to decide whether to intern in Washington, D.C. or spend some time out of the country, check out the benefits of each program below to see which better suits you.

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Anonymous asked: I was admitted as a freshman and am still deciding if I want to go to ucr or not. Most likely I will, but I'm going down for highlander day on the 12th just to make sure. My question is, will I still get my top choice of dorm (pentoand, double) if I apply ok April 15?

Hi and congrats on your admission! I’m glad you’re attending Highlander Day to solidify your decision — for anyone that didn’t attend Discover Day, Highlander Day is a great way to get acquainted with the school and also get free stuff. Yay, free stuff.

It’s best to submit your Housing application as early as possible, and even then, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get your top choice. If you want to wait until April 15, you won’t be docked or denied housing, but just keep in mind your chances of being placed in your top choice might decrease over time.

hi there! i have a question about changing a major. i’m currently undeclared and am confused by the process of how to declare one. i met with the advisor and i got the ok, and then i went to get the form. do i just fill out the form and go back to the academic advisor who’s major i want to change it to, or do i meet up with my initial academic advisor? exactly how do i go about changing it? sorry that it’s super long…

Hi! Go back to the academic adviser in the major you want to declare. They’ll handle filing your form and all the technical stuff after they’ve given you the all-clear to switch. The only reason you’d need to meet with your initial adviser is if you have a question about your initial major requirements and progress.

I was accepted into UCR but I’m currently struggling in my bc calc class. I’m aware that any D or F must be reported to the school. If I happen to end up with a D, will my acceptance be revoked?

Any D or F grades do have to be reported to the school, and revoked admission depends on your academic record and A - G requirements. But this is all case-by-case, which is why you should contact your admissions counselor as soon as you feel you’re in the danger zone. You can do this by calling Admissions at 951-827-3411 or emailing admissions@ucr.edu.

-Rebecca