Link Lovin’: Move-in Day

Hey there friends, happy Taco Tuesday! While I was answering the inbox questions (which is definitely my favorite part of this gig), I noticed a ton of questions about move-in day. Understandable, since, ya know, you’re moving into the res halls or your new apartment in two months. Before diving into fresh new articles, I wanted to compile a master list of all the move-in posts we’ve already made. There’s nothing I love more than a good ol’ fashioned blog stalking, and I’m hoping some of you will find this helpful. 

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Source. You know it’s a staged room when the beds are made.

Here is a floorplan of Aberdeen-Inverness. I’m making a Lothian post soon, don’t despair! Also, while the shape of the rooms vary, they have the same amenities and furniture. Except that I’m required to profess that Lothian is better because I lived there. So there.

Here are some photos of Pentland Hills, the suite style residence hall.

Here are all the floorplans mingling together in a festive collage:

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any available job in SUBWAY in main campus

Hey! UCR students can look for both on-campus and off-campus jobs on ScotJobs, which you can access wtih your NetID. The link is on this page.

Speaking of jobs, Life at UCR is currently hiring for writers! It’s an unpaid internship where you submit articles to me (sassy photo captions optional) and collaborate with the team to improve the blog. Check it out on ScotJobs! Okay, shameless plug over.

since highlander orientation limits the amount of classes you can take, when can you add more classes?

Second pass enrollment is September 3rd-12th, and you can view your appointment time on Growl September 2nd . More questions after the break!

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Five First-Year Fears (and Solving Them)

1. Do I really have to share a bathroom with everyone? How does showering work? Is it dirty?

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Source. Spoiler: this isn’t UCR, but you get the gist.

This majorly creeped me out before move-in day. What I figured out within my first month at Lothian holds true for many areas in life: it’s only weird if you make it weird.

  • Don’t wear your satin lingerie or only your underwear into the bathroom. You’ll be living with your roommate, and hallmates, for the entire year, so set good habits as a group early on.
  • Figure out when the showers are the least busy and change your routine to shower then to avoid being late. I switched to showering late at night instead of before my 9 am class, because my hall bathroom was complete chaos at that time.
  • Don’t be messy or leave anything outside your locker.  The bathrooms are cleaned every day, so it’s only dirty if someone is  McNasty in there. Do buy some flip flops, though. Even if it’s clean, you still don’t want to be slipping around or spreading athlete’s foot.

The bathroom is seriously not a big deal, I promise. Friday nights are actually fun, when everyone is crowded into the bathroom curling their hair and taking mirror pics (hey, those were cool when I was a freshman, okay?)

More fears after the break!

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Restaurant Spotlight: Polar Bear Shaved Ice

Source. Thank you to the lovely Yelpers who take great food pics.

There are very few things I love more than food. I can bond with strangers over a mutual love of protein-style In-n-Out and scour Yelp for hours in search of the poke bowls I saw on Instagram. So when Polar Bear Shaved Ice opened up in the UV, I had to try it as soon as possible.

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I’m an incoming freshman at Riverside and going to orientation soon. I’m a little worried about getting classes. I took a lot of AP classes during my senior year and am worried that they all don’t transfer. What should I do?

During your orientation, there will be a time to meet with your adviser and see which AP classes count towards your area of study. If you’ve sent in your AP scores already, I would recommend bringing the paper results to orientation just in case. If you haven’t sent in your scores yet, or they aren’t showing up on your MyUCR account, check out this site for troubleshooting.

do you know if those who joined a pre-business learning community have to dorm with the learning community? or can they just dorm with whoever they want?

If you selected the Pre-Business Special Interest Housing on your housing application, then you will be placed there. It’s in Pentland Hills, and you should be receiving your housing information within the next month or so. To double-check what you selected, you can give Housing a call at (951) 827-6350.

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SoCal Staycations

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Source. I read this in my head in a horribly inaccurate Southern accent.

The struggle for affordable summer fun is all too real, friends. By now, we’ve burned through whatever disposable income we’d scraped together with a spontaneous Vegas trip, regrettable shopping spree at the Tyler mall, and a dozen matinee movies to escape the heat. Instagram taunts us with other people’s family vacations or studies abroad. It feels hopeless, like we’re destined for a summer filled with even more Netflix and eating our feelings via Rite Aid ice cream.  But wait! Hit pause, put down the cone, and rejoice! I made you some sweet itineraries of recession-chic “staycations” centered around the Inland Empire. Just pick a plan and go!

For the beach bum

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Source. “Is this where they filmed Sharknado?”

Do: The US Open of Surfing is happening now through Sunday, August 3. You can watch the world’s best professional surfers, skaters and BMX riders compete, and there are usually tons of meet-and-greets. The main street in Huntington Beach, called the Strand, offers boutiques and bars, if you want to stay on land. For the mermaids among us, go frolic in the water and run in slow-mo on the beach a la Baywatch. The Huntington Beach Artwalk takes place every third Thursday of the month, which is free and showcases local artists.Surf City Nights are every Tuesday, from 5-9 pm on Main Street. There are vendors, restaurants deals, and live music. I’m also a huge fan of watching the sunset on the pier with either a significant other or a friendly seagull, your choice. Leave Riverside bright and early to beat traffic and score parking (“may the odds be ever in your favor” on that one).

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 Eat: For breakfast or lunch, I suggest Bruxie, a cutesy waffle-sandwich-burger house with a cult following.  Craving something lighter? Grab an uber-trendy Acai Bowl before you hit the beach.  For dinner, there’s the touristy and adorable Ruby’s on the pier, a 50’s-style diner with dozens of milkshake options.

Get there: You can take Metrolink to Huntington Beach, but you’ll be in for a long ride. If you’re taking public transit, I recommend the IE-OC line to San Clemente or Oceanside. A lot more info is available here. If you’re driving, it’ll take about an hour depending on traffic. Parking in the state park lots costs money, but if you’re willing to walk a little, you can park in the residential area behind the Strand for free.

Cost: About ¾ of a tank of gas, and whatever food & shopping expenses you desire.

More getaways after the break!

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5 Dorm Hacks Debunked

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It’s almost August, which means that you’re probably scouring the Internet for college advice, Facebook groups, and gif-based articles written by witty college veterans (looking at you, Buzzfeed. You steal far too much of my free time.) When I was preparing to move into the res halls, I was obsessed with my packing list and consolidating my mountain of stuff. Space savers and “dorm hacks” are fantastic… when they actually work. I went through the hassle of testing some of these methods and graded them to see if their Pinteresty-chic luster stands up to the real world.

1. Underbed Storage Bins

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If we lived in a climate that actually had seasons, these would have been extremely convenient. However, since Riverside keeps it fresh and fluctuates in temperature throughout the year, it became a daily struggle to pull out these clunky containers to find a sweater. Also, you can raise your beds at UCR, so having these containers flat and long isn’t the best solution. Overall, I would give these a B-.

2. Stacking drawers

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I got the most bang for my storage buck by making use of all the space under my bed. By raising it to about waist-high (confession: mine was raised when I arrived #lothianperks), you can fit your clothes, laundry materials, snacks, and books. Any of these stacking drawers would be perfect for foldable clothes. Your dresser will either be in your closet or under the bed, but I needed more storage space as a self-professed shopaholic. I also painted and bedazzled my storage containers, because my favorite color is glitter. These get an A!

3. Storage Cubes

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Admittedly, these were always an enigma to me. What do I put in the cube? What makes the cube more worthy of my stuff than any other surface? How is this saving me space? These look slick in all those beautiful “organized dorm” blog photos, but the sad reality is that they aren’t useful for much. I found soft fabric bins to be infinitely more useful, and take up less space. This sad little cube gets an F from me.

4. Hanging shoe shelves

Source. If you’re feeling extra fancy and want a standalone version.

These can be hit-or-miss, depending on how neat you are. I had friends who used these to store everything from their hair products to clean socks to the intended purpose of shoes. I, on the other hand, threw a bunch of random junk in the cubes through the year and it took up valuable closet space. I would give this product a solid B+, however, because of how well they can work if you don’t need the closet room and have some measure of self-control unlike me.

5. Soda tabs made into hangers

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This is one of those hacks you read online and say, “psh, that would never work in real life” and then you try it, and it totally works in your totally real life, and everyone wins. Seriously, the soda can tab trick saved my precious closet space AND displayed my clothes so I could easily see them. I was worried about the clothes wrinkling because they’re so close to each other, but I never had a problem with it. This hack gets a definitive A from me.

Unnecessary Objects
Lastly, there are some items that work perfectly well, but aren’t practical or necessary in UCR res halls. Microwaves, for example: vital for any college student, but provided in every room. Lamps: your room would look really classy with a floor light, but you get a lighted mirror, desk lamp, and overhead lighting. Save your space for T. Swift posters or your Sports Illustrated collection (ahem, maybe don’t bring that, actually.)

So there you have it, folks! I hope this reduced your pre-moving jitters a little and assured you that you can successfully hack your dorm without starring in your own HGTV series. Talk to you soon!  

- Delaynie

Media and cultural studies is not entirely for film buffs. The film major is no longer a concentration under MCS. It’s part of the Theater curriculum.

Thank you for the correction!

 this blog makes me so excited for ucr. thanks, guys. (:

You’re welcome, we can’t wait to welcome you onto campus!

A mega-sized edition of Q&A after the break!

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Broke College Students Rejoice: Win Free Stuff

Source. Norm the Navel looks as if he just won a free iPad. Or saw a Tropicana ad, either one.

Raffles, radio call-ins, you name it: I live for contests. The prospect of winning anything, whether it be a poster of a band I don’t even listen to or something legitimately cool, really excites me. That’s why I faithfully complete the surveys sent out via R’Mail, and this time, you can win an iPad! Take the University of California Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES), and share your thoughts to help UCR improve its undergraduate programs and services for you. You can share your rants, your raves, and anything in between. All answers are confidential. If you complete the survey by August 1, you’re entered in to win the free iPad! You can also win daily prizes, like reusable water bottles, lanyards (every first year’s necessity), and prize packs. Click here to take the survey. Just saying, if you win, I think you owe me at least one iPad selfie.

Anonymous said: do you know of any cheap storage places near campus that maybe offer student discounts. I need to a place to store all my stuff since I won't be in rside for summer

Hi there! I haven’t personally used any storage facilities in Riverside. I did a quick Googling, and found that this place, as well as this place, offer student discounts.

If we meet someone at orientation, around July, can we ask for them as dorm mates? Or is it too late?

Roommate requests are on a first-come, first-serve basis, but Housing will give you a presentation at orientation and will let you know at that time if you can still request a roommate. Check out other Housing Faq’s here.

More questions after the break!

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