It’s finals week, which means you’re probably strapped for both cash and time. But you still want to eat decently well. So what do you do? You make do with what’s around the house! Here are some of my favorite finals week stress-free recipes. They’re not glamorous, but they sure get the job done.
I meet with a few fellow students each week to talk about writing and workshop our latest pieces. We usually meet in one of the study rooms in Rivera because it’s most convenient, and I can usually just reserve a room same-day online. Today, though, I went to reserve a room and found that they were all full, with bold black bars blocking out the names of entire rooms. I was momentarily surprised, and then I remembered:
We’re at the tail-end of Week 10, which means that Red Bull and Rockstar are seeing sharp increases in sales at UCR, and every Starbucks within five miles is being swarmed by dead-eyed students seeking Butterbeer frappuccinos. Oh, the humanity! Don’t worry, gentle Highlanders. We’ve got you covered with our five must-have finals week essentials.
After the elation of finally choosing a major that you find interesting and are happy with wears off, you might have to face the realization that you still need 180 units to graduate, which your major alone may not fulfill. Your academic adviser might suggest that you double major as a way to solve the problem. For those who are thinking one major is enough to deal with, or cringe at the thought of going through the dilemma of choosing another major again, I can personally tell you that double majoring (as well as minoring) is going to be one of the greatest investments you can make during your undergraduate career.
Welcome to reality. You’ve hashtagged #collegeproblems a thousand times by now. The barista at Coffee Bean doesn’t have to explain every variety of tea to you anymore. Your relatives are finally toning down their torrent of emails, texts, and phone calls wondering how the college life is treating ya, kiddo. You’ve made it — you’re officially a legitimate college student now. Here are a few more things you have probably realized since arriving on campus:
Happy Halloweekend, spooksters! After days of halfway dressing up for themed events, the big day is finally here. Halloween is one of my absolute favorite holidays, but it coincides with one of my least favorite times: midterms. I know the struggle of scrounging up a unique costume last-minute, running on Red Bull and determination to avoid another mediocre outfit. Here are some costume gems to pull out that are guaranteed to get you at least 40 Instagram likes
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking about going abroad, whether it be to study, volunteer, travel, or gain hands-on experience in your major, next week’s Worldfest Study Abroad Fair is your chance to explore your options!
I recently spent six months in the United Kingdom learning, traveling, and discovering interests I never knew I had. I left California intending to experience what life was like in England, and I came back knowing what it felt like to travel Europe with nothing but one bag and a new love for cities I had never even heard of. Now as a study abroad returnee, I am volunteering for the Off Campus Academic Experience Office, a.k.a the study abroad office. With our new location in Olmsted 2322, we are a lot closer to campus and have a ton of upcoming events for anyone interested in continuing their education outside of our beautiful Riverside campus.
The typical college experience is often described as moving away from home for the first time and moving into the dorms, an apartment, or house with other roommates. As for me, because of my overprotective parents and a lack of funds, I have been commuting to UCR from Moreno Valley for four years. Even though I want to live on my own, I have that super-strict kind of parents that simply won’t let me leave until I graduate.
Don’t get me wrong — I love my family. I get to live at home and not pay rent. And although I did not have the typical college experience of moving out and gaining newfound freedom, I still I managed to make the most out of my college experience without feeling like I was completely missing out.
So whether you commute from close by, far way, or you still live at home with your family like me, here are some of the things I learned in my four years of commuting to help assure you that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
Some weeks after submitting my intent to register at UCR, I remember receiving an email from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences inviting me to sign up for a program called “CHASS First Year Learning Communities.” In reading the details, I learned it was a program meant to help ease the transition from high school to college by grouping a community of 75 freshman students together in three different breath courses throughout the course of the year. Sold on the idea of having a support system (as well as being automatically enrolled in classes), I quickly signed up.
I must say I would have not have survived my first year in college, nor feel as connected to campus as I do now, without the help and guidance I received from CHASS First. And I made sure to give back to the program by becoming a peer mentor during my sophomore and junior year.
If you currently enrolled in any of the CHASS Learning communities, and you’re not exactly sure why you are, here is my inside scoop of six perks of the program — and how it is not only going to help you survive your first year in college, but how it is also going to benefit you in the long run.
Source. Headliner Young the Giant’s lead singer, Sameer Gadhia, croons into his microphone.
We haven’t even gone through one full week of class, and here at UCR we’ve already enjoyed one of the biggest concerts of the year: Block Party!
Block Party, held on the second day of fall quarter, is the very first event to kick off the start of the year. This year’s performance saw Cher Lloyd, Schoolboy Q, and Young the Giant headlining, as well as many free activities (including photo booths, henna tattoos, and caricatures) and several student organizations selling everything from curry noodles to Korean BBQ. It was no surprise to find that over 20,000 students attended — including myself.
Ah, the first full week of school: freshly sharpened pencils, big notebooks, and the relentlessly hopeful attitude that comes with the new school year. In the first few days, we are bombarded by lists of things our professors expect of us, which usually include a variety of school supplies. Now, let’s skip forward a few weeks. I can’t speak for everyone, but by week four, all of my cute little folders and office supplies are in a sad little heap on my desk while a singly hardy notebook stuffed full of papers from all of my classes peeks out of my beat-up book bag (my cute purses usually get chucked by week three).
Still, we need supplies. The trick is to get enough to get by, but not so many that you’re drowning in extra pencils and binders by midterms. Through trial and error, I’ve figured out what’s really necessary and what you will never use.