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.
With three floors of lounge space to relax, nap and eat, the Highlander Union Building (also known as the HUB) is the go-to meet up place on campus. While the HUB is pretty much a big building which encompasses various campus departments, conference rooms and eateries, it also offers a variety of services which you as a student should know about and use. Next time you swing by the HUB, keep these resources in the back of your mind just in case you ever need them.
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.
Source. Thank you, Norman Rockwell.
Whether you’re a freshman spending your first time away from home or a transfer student still adjusting to your life at UCR, you’re probably starting to think about your plans for Thanksgiving. Some students are lucky enough to travel home for the short holiday, but for us that have long road trips between here and family, a single meal isn’t worth the leg cramps of driving.
Now in my fourth year at UCR, I’ve stayed in the city every Thanksgiving. When I tell people this piece of information — which, to me, is not too big of a deal — they are amazed that I don’t go home to my family for the holiday. When I came to UCR I had one goal: Other than earning a degree, I wanted to leave my home and fully experience living like an adult. In my mind, that meant not going home for holidays, especially ones I didn’t care much for.
Not everyone shares my lack of love for turkey and mashed potatoes, so I can sympathize with feeling alone on a day when everyone will Instagram amazing food and post about how much fun they are having with their families. But never fear! I’ve got you covered on how to celebrate in your home away from home.
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
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.
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.
Rush week, perhaps one of the most exciting events of a fraternity or sorority’s pledging period, is often met with some confusion, trepidation, and excitement by bright-eyed students. So, to offer some insight and hopefully clear up some questions you might have, I’m here to write a little FAQ on what to expect as you head into rush week.
During my freshman year at UC Riverside, I constantly received emails about an internship program in Washington, D.C. After a quarter or two of ignoring the opportunity, I finally gathered the courage to attend an information session. I was always interested in the program, but felt like I had nothing to offer — but after attending an info session, I realized that I wanted to apply.
Following my semester abroad, I decided that I could not graduate without at least trying to apply for the program I had been pursuing since my freshman year. If you are interested in experiencing something outside of UCR, or gaining internship experience that will set you apart from other students, here are my tips to help with the application process for UCDC — and my answers to your general questions about the program.