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!
Most everyone nowadays uses their laptop in class to take notes, and come finals season, you can’t find an unused outlet in the library to charge your computer. With technology being such a large part of our everyday lives, it should definitely be utilized for studying for our courses.
My entire freshman year I stuck with what I knew and took notes on paper, bought dozens of packs of flashcards, and was constantly printing out Powerpoint slides. While this worked, I found that as I started to take upper division courses I couldn’t keep up with what my professors were saying. To congratulate myself on my first A+ in college I forked over the cash for a netbook, and since then I have yet to return to taking notes on paper.
Laptops are good for more than just taking electronic notes, though, which is why I’ve decided to write about my favorite programs that I use to keep up with schoolwork, complete assignments and study for final exams.
I’ll admit it: I am the quintessential flat-out broke college student. I am not the first, and unless this great country of ours goes through some radical revolution that results in free tuition for all (go Green Party!), I will not be the last.
That being said, years of perpetual broke-ness have taught me a thing or two about saving money. My method of being less-broke was so successful that I was even able to save enough money to go on a summer trip to Hawaii!
Being broke is tough, yes, but it’s not impossible. With a little self-control and a lot of planning, you can cruise by pretty comfortably. Here is a step-by-step list on what to do if you’re strapped for cash and want a way to budget your income — and maybe even save a little.
As a senior considering graduate school, I realized one of the challenges I had to face in applying to grad schools, aside from writing my personal statement, is studying for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). If a four hour examination makes you want to cringe or breathe into a paper bag and hyperventilate, here are some tips that will help you lower your stress level while increasing your chance at a higher score.
When I decided to join a sorority my first year at UCR, I decided to consult my trusty friend Google…and promptly became very confused. There are many different “chapters,” “conferences,” and sororities to choose from, each with their own set of values and goals. I ended up choosing a Panhellenic sorority, commonly known as a “social” sorority. However, I learned that Panhellenic affects Greek life on a much larger scale. Here’s a breakdown of Panhellenic and everything it can offer you:
So, maybe this past year was not what you expected it to be. Regardless of any unfortunate event you may have come across, as 2014 begins, now is the perfect opportunity to ring in the new year with a new you — and a new attitude. However, we all know that the hardest thing about having a set of resolutions is actually keeping them.
In all my failed attempts to keep my resolutions, I believe I have finally found four key tips to help ensure this year will be a success.
At the end of most quarters, I finish my final exams, recycle my piles of study guides and stare at the fresh stack of books that I most likely will never open again. Sometimes I’m lucky and I read an amazing novel for a course, but the vast majority of the time I’m left with heavy textbooks that I don’t particularly want to carry from apartment to apartment for the rest of my life. Selling back your used textbooks is a great way to make space on your bookshelf, plus put a little extra cash in your bank account at the end of each term. Below are my tips to get the most out of your used textbooks, whether you choose to trade, sell or keep them.
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.