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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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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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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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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5 Reasons to Get Pumped for Spring Quarter

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This coming Monday will mark the first day of the last quarter of the year (hooray!). We’re in the home stretch and the only thing keeping us from three months of absolute freedom is 11 short weeks of pure academia. While there aren’t many things in life that are better than a home-cooked meal, there are a couple things about college life that come pretty close. College doesn’t have to be all about the work; it can be loads of fun, too! Here are five things to be pumped about for spring quarter.

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Point of View: UCR for the Social Butterfly

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The ever-infamous Ke$ha once penned, “the party don’t start ‘til I walk in”. While brushing your teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniels is a horrendous life choice and a dubious hygiene decision, being a social butterfly definitely has its merits. I’ve been described by others as “insanely friendly” (hopefully in a good way), and made friends for a living this summer as an orientation leader. I can also confirm for a fact that blondes, and Highlanders, definitely have more fun. I think it’s fairly safe to say I know my way around the UCR social scene, and I’m happy to share my insider secrets with you.

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A Day in the Life: Rebecca

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Alright, ladies and gentlemen. My day-to-day schedule is weird and packed and altogether funky, but I’m making all the other writers put this together, so here’s mine: a day in my life. A Tuesday, to be exact.

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School Survival Guide: Introverts in College

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I normally describe myself as an extrovert in an introvert’s body.  If I had the choice between socializing with my friends and catching up on my latest television show obsession, my choice would be watching television (almost) every single time. 

Introversion generally describes people who are focused on their own thoughts and feelings instead of external stimulation.  This pretty much means that being an introvert in college is pretty darn hard, especially when a huge part of making friends means actually putting an appropriate pair of pants on and leaving your dorm or apartment. To ease the transition, here are a couple things you can do!

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Spotlight: Power of the Peers Network

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Are you looking to get more involved in campus but don’t know how? Did you know that aside from the literally hundreds of school clubs we have on campus, we also have about 30 peer groups for everything from fitness counseling to biology to women’s safety?

Betchya didn’t, but you really should! UCR is great because these 30 peer groups connect to create one awesome Power of the Peers network, where we all get together and use our skills to make UCR a healthier place. One of them you might already know about is the WELL, which I wrote an article about here.

In case you’re interested (and who wouldn’t be?), here is a list of just a few peer groups you can join here on campus.

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A Day in the Life: Nelson

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Hello, curious readers! Nelson here. My Wednesdays are usually the most hectic and exciting days out of my week. So, my day in the life will revolve around my typical Wednesday from sunup until way past sundown. Enjoy your little glimpse into my life!

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