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As I was packing for my trip to Washington, D.C., I stumbled upon my acceptance letter to UC Riverside. The letter I had received four years ago was still perfectly intact inside an envelope, with statistics and photographs of a school I hadn’t known much about. Although I graduated college in four years, I technically only spent three of those years studying at UCR. Between studying abroad and taking part in the UCDC internship program, I took advantage of all UC Riverside had to offer in making my undergraduate experience memorable.
While I don’t for a moment regret all the programs I took part in, I do recognize that occasionally separating myself from UCR put a strain on my friendships and altered my connection to the Riverside community. Spending my final quarter as an undergrad across the country has been bittersweet. While my time in D.C. has set me apart from so many soon-to-be graduates, it also meant missing out on major milestones, such as attending the grad fair, struggling through one last finals week and enjoying the last few weeks with my college friends.
As I began to pack up my workspace and apartment here in Washington, D.C., I got to thinking about all the things I would be doing if I was back at UC Riverside. Maybe it’s because my hometown is hundreds of miles from campus, meaning I most likely won’t be returning, but my senioritis has worn off and all I feel like doing is reliving my favorite moments at the school that gave me more than I ever could have imagined. If you’re a graduating senior or just feeling really nostalgic, check a couple things off this list — and be a proud Highlander.
I meet with a few fellow students each week to talk about writing, and to 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 spot and found that almost all of them were full, with bold black bars blocking out the names of entire rooms. I was momentarily surprised, and then I remembered:
We’re at the beginning of the end, 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 venti-orange-mocha-caramel-frappuccinos. What do you do? Where do you go? Oh, the humanity! Don’t worry, gentle Highlanders. We’ve got you covered. Click the links below for some of our favorite articles about finals — full of places to go, things to do and ways to keep your mind from spontaneously combusting.
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Good luck out there!
The end of spring quarter is always tough because it’s hard to stay focused and motivated when the sun kisses your skin. Even I have trouble staying on top of the seemingly endless amounts of reading and problem sets. Believe me, I’ve played hooky more times than I’d like to admit this quarter. I don’t know if it’s early onset senioritis or what, but I’ve been needing a lot of inspiration to get my head in the game.
It has come to my attention that you can spend all four or five years here at UCR and still not know all the things that our own campus has to offer. Not sure if you are missing out on something important? Check out my 8 UCR life hacks below and see how your life as a student just got better.
The school year is winding down to a close. While finals are a more imminent doom, there’s also the struggle of finding a job for the summer. I’m sure that summer jobs (or internships) seem pretty elusive for some of us. I’ve spent many summers being completely unproductive because I was unsuccessful in the job hunt front. There are several things I’ve learned over the years that help with the job hunting process.
Hanging in my closet right now, next to my Pillow Pet, is one thing: my graduation gown. Some of my friends mentioned wearing theirs around the house as soon as they got home from the grad fair. And although the sound of pretending to be a wizard in my robes sounds wonderful, I’m letting it sit in my closet so the creases fall out. It looks too large, even though I know it’s not — I know it’ll fit just fine once I get the guts to wear it. (I did try on the mortarboard, and it’s just as unflattering as the one I wore in high school.) In any case, there are a few things I want to do before I officially wear my grad gear — things that, to me, feel like a great way to sum up my UCR career. Let’s check them out together:
Congratulations! You SIR’d and you are now an official Highlander! As the chapter in your life called high school comes to a close, a whole new chapter in your life is about to begin this fall. We know you are excited, and we are, too! From a graduating senior to an incoming first year, here are 14 things you should do before your first day of class.
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.
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:
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.