Anonymous asked: Is there a way for incoming first years to communicate with each other? Like a facebook app or something.

There are a few Facebook groups popping up, such as UCR Class of 2018! There’s another one that claims to be the official page, but last I checked this group has more members.

Are pets, cats specifically, allowed in any of UCR’s housing?

Unfortunately, no. The most you can bring is a fish in a small aquarium. Which, you know, is still cool, but fishes are nowhere near as cuddly. Check out the Residence Hall Handbook and Campus Apartment Handbook for more information.

-Rebecca

How to Land Your Summer Internship

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If my search for an internship in Washington, DC taught me one thing, it was that my GPA was not nearly as important to employers as my past work and volunteer experience. Not once during my interviews did anyone ask me about my grades or classroom experience. Organizations were far more interested in what I had accomplished outside the classroom.

Everyone who graduates college does the same thing. We all fulfill our graduation requirements and do our best to finish with a good GPA. What can set you apart from everyone else applying for a position is joining orgs on campus, taking a leadership position — and securing an internship!

Finding an internship that fits your needs can be a daunting task, though, especially when you have no idea where to start or how to go about getting the materials you’ll need to apply. With my own experience applying to internships in the city, as well as helping other students prepare for interviews, here are a few tips to help you secure an internship and have your most productive summer yet.

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Anonymous asked: I am an incoming freshman who wants to major in computer science. Since I do not meet the requirements, I decided to major in undelcared mathematical sciences. Could I still work my way up to computer science major even if "undeclared math science" is part of CNAS and not BCOE?

You totally can — just meet with an adviser in BCOE once you get here in the fall. You’ll be able to speak with a BCOE adviser about the requirements you’ll need to meet to switch your major, and what classes you should take in the meantime.

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Student Perspectives: “The Coming Out Monologues”

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I was recently given the opportunity to perform in UCR’s Coming Out Monologues. TCOM, as it is also known, is a community-based theater project very similar to the famous Vagina Monologues. It started right here at UCR and has drawn audiences from all over campus and the surrounding communities in Riverside.

Similar to the Vagina Monologues, TCOM is a collection of single-person monologues that focus on the coming out process of people in the LGBT community, as well as experiences from their allies.

What is “coming out,” you ask? It’s when a person begins the process of telling those around them that they are LGBT. The process isn’t always easy. Many face life-threatening situations, others risk being disowned by family or alienated from their friends. Coming out is just a small part of many people’s journeys; many began realizing their sexuality, or that they’ve been assigned the wrong gender, years before they actually come out. The struggle with acceptance is a huge part of many people’s coming out stories, with family, friends, religions and communities sometimes complicating the process.

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Anonymous asked: Can I write for the Highlander newspaper even if I'm a Sociology major?

Absolutely! Any and all majors are welcome to write for the Highlander newspaper. The majors represented by the Highlander’s staff range all the way from Creative Writing to Physics, so if you’re interested in joining, swing by an open writers’ meeting Monday nights at 5:15 p.m. The Highlander office is located at HUB 101, which is right next to ASPB’s offices.

Can I drop Calculus if I’ve been admitted to UCR as a Sociology major? I’ve completed three years of math(algebra 1 in 8th grade geometry in 9th grade, algebra 2 adv 10th grade, and precalc 11th grade). Will my admission me revoked if I drop it? I currently have a D and I’m really struggling. I don’t want to get a D for the semester so will it be better to just drop the class?

I would absolutely check with your admissions counselor before you drop the class. To do this, contact admissions at admissions@ucr.edu or call 951-827-3411.

-Rebecca

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

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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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