Riverside, CA
University of California-Riverside


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Kathleen
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is gorgeous with beautiful scenery. There is a lot of things to do on and off campus because everything is close b...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The campus is gorgeous with beautiful scenery. There is a lot of things to do on and off campus because everything is close by; movie theater, starbucks, etc. UCR is close to home, but far away enough to create space between you and your family.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure the college is close enough to make visiting simple, but far away enough to give the student space to mature. Make sure the college you choos is appropriate to your desired career and major.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

They hire a lot of teachers that have accents and it sometimes makes the lesson hard to comprehend.

Heidi
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UCR offers outstanding opportunities for students and athletes, but the school itself often goes unrecognized or unnoticed by...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

UCR offers outstanding opportunities for students and athletes, but the school itself often goes unrecognized or unnoticed by the community and local area.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Being an athlete, I think the worst thing about our school is the lack of school spirit. This in part stems from not having a football team. Usually students from schools with a football team tend to be more aware and involved with sporting events and news. Having people care about your team or your success motivates you to have more pride in your school because you have more support. With the lack of school spirit at UCR there tends to be a disconnection between students, athletes and the community.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Before picking the right college to attend it is critical to first decide what is important to the student. Things like being close to family, whether or not you will be playing a sport, and knowing what you want to study or what you may want to study, are all important in the decision making process of choosing what college to attend. By answering these questions you should be able to narrow your potential choices to a smaller number, in which case you can then decide based on other factors such as the quality of education you will be receiving. Another factor that has the most impact on deciding which school is best for your child is whether his or her desired college is affordable, especially if you will not be receiving any financial assistance. Choosing the right college comes down to a practical and sensible series of questions that anyone is capable of answering in order to obtain the best education and have the college experience you imagined. In order to have a great college experience, it is important to get involved in various student organizations and programs and to make lifelong friends.

An
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are helpful and friendly.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

If money is not an issue, then actuoally take the time to travel around and tour around schools around the nation. If money is an issue, even though a school may seem more appealing, but is more expensive, sometimes a school that may seem less appealing but is cheaper, will actually be a better choice. After spending a few days or weeks at the cheaper school that may seem less appealing, will grow on the student and the student may actually feel that they made the right choice.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I knew that I should study everyday for my science courses.

Nicholas
Describe the students at your school.

Most people tend to keep to themselves, but if you talk to them, they'll ussually respond friendly.

Describe the students at your school.

Most people tend to keep to themselves, but if you talk to them, they'll ussually respond friendly.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

That the social life on this campus was dead.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The best advice I could give would be to visit the campus while school is in session, on your own and in a guided tour. When visiting the campus when school is in session you can really see what campus is like. By getting a guided tour you can learn what the school has to offer, but you should also do some exploration on your own because the tour guides are of course going to talk up their campus. When exploring the campus you should ask a variety of students what is their honest opinion of the school. Ask the students what is important to you. For example if you like sports ask students on campus what the game atmosphere is like, and what would they rate the school spirit. Talking with random students on campus will give a more honest feel of what the campus is actually like. You can learn all about the academia of a school online, but you can only get a real feel for what the school is like from current students.

JONATHAN
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place where you can be challenged to learn, but given the support to succeed, while enjoying the adventure of living on you...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

A place where you can be challenged to learn, but given the support to succeed, while enjoying the adventure of living on your own, making new friends, and becoming equipped to go out into the world with the tools to be productive and make a positive contribution to society.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't assume anything! Stay organized! Start a folder or file system to collect information on colleges you are interested in. Make sure that your parents and you as a future student understand exactly what is wanted in a school. Take time to try and visit some schools prior to making a choice. Sometimes, speaking with alumni will give you a good idea of what the school is like as well. The college selection process can be very emotional, so everyone involved needs to have their chance to speak their views on what they feel is the "right" school. Also, do not wait until a school is selected to start looking for financial aid. Be proactive, and be prepared to devote time and effort to this, it will pay off greatly! Even during the summer after Senior Year in High School, you will want to "kick back", but you could miss opportunities to get additional money for college. The Internet is a great source of information, but keep your parents involved in everything you find or may want to investigate online. Finally, have fun; you are making an exiting choice that will prepare you for success and independence in life.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

I tell my friends of the support I get from faculty, staff, and my fellow students in learning and embracing the challenges of school. I let them know of the many choices we have for activities outside of school as well, which have helped me to make new friends and learn more about different cultures.

Shealene
Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates really seem to want to be here and are eager to learn.

Describe the students at your school.

Most of my classmates really seem to want to be here and are eager to learn.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

My school is very disverse and there is a lot to offer here. It is one of the best research institutions and there is always someething new and exciting to learn. the faculty is awesome and there are a range of activities, so there is always something to do.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Make sure you get involved and major in something you truly love.

Hoang
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a community for people between the ages of 18-22.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My school is a community for people between the ages of 18-22.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I should have known that it would be harder than I expected. I would have prepared myself more during high school. Choosing classes should be planned ahead of time according to major. There are learning centers which have tutors to help you. There is a thing called s and c which allows students to choose satisfactory instead of receiving the grade, it doesn't affect our GPA. Go to professors for guidance.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise students to choose a major which they love and can study for four years without getting bored. Choose a school that makes you feel competitive enough, but not too tense. You want to be able to feel challenged, but not discouraged. For those who are close to family, take into consideration the distance of the campus from your home. Everyone needs a place to unwind and get away from school sometime. The first year should be dedicated to getting comfortable with the school's system like the grading system, class scheduling, learning resources, and advisors. While you are in your first year get a job that allows you to gain experience intellectually. Take one lower division and one upper division course in your major, this allows you to do very well in one upper division. The second year is when you begin to look into what you really want to do after your four years, begin to look at the requirements for the jobs that you want to do. Maintain a high GPA. Continue to look for job oppurtunities while you are in school, this allows you to have a great resume after college.

Melanie
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice I have for parents is to guide their son or daughter to a good college. Getting a Bachelor's degr...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The most important advice I have for parents is to guide their son or daughter to a good college. Getting a Bachelor's degree in these times is so important. A big mistake a parent can make is forcing or pressuring their kid to go to a college. Let them make their own decisions and let them visit the colleges that they are considering. There is no better way to make a decision unless the college is visited, especially during a college visitation. A student find the right college by doing research. Look for reliable colleges and programs that interest them. Talk to people on the campus visit and get a feel for the campus environment to see if they could truly picture themselves there. Advice for making the most out of the college experience would be to get involved! Do research, get an internship, and do volunteer work. I gained a lot of valuable experience, which has been pivitol in my post undergraduate life, but there opportunities are not just handed to you. Be proactive and start looking for opportunities early. Make yourself marketable for the future and get experience. Make your experience yours.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

one who is not big on diversity- there are so many different types of personalities, ethnicities here

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Certain professors, some intro classes are very large

Allicen
Describe the students at your school.

People are willing to get to know each other to get together for study groups and exchange notes. Because the school is on te...

Describe the students at your school.

People are willing to get to know each other to get together for study groups and exchange notes. Because the school is on teh quarter system time goes by quickly.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

We have a good pre-med program linked to UCLA. There is also a very good business program and school of education. UCR is also one of the smaller UC campuses.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college depends on you as a person. I am glad I attanded UC Riverside, one of the smaller UC schools. I was able to meet people in my major in the small classes that were offered. I was also able to live at home for a couple of years and them move to an off campus apartment for two years. Make sure that the school you are looking at has the major you want and the classes that are offered suit your needs. Also, I studied abroad in Italy and it was an amazing experience and I earned units for it. I would definiely reccomend studying abroad for everyone. If for some reason you do not get into your top school choice, it is not the end of the world. College is what you make of it. If you study hard, attend classes and have a good sense of self discipline, you have the qualities needed to be successsful. Parties will also happen wherever you go. My last bit of advice is to make good friends that you can trust.

Lisa
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My advice is to go to another UC because UCR is research-based and the staff and students are a little cold; however, the UC ...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

My advice is to go to another UC because UCR is research-based and the staff and students are a little cold; however, the UC education abroad program is excellent and made my year worth it.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

FIrst off, be sure to visit the campus during the school year. Observe the student life. People are often so worried about the status of a school and its professors that they forget that out-of-class time is equally important. Do students look like they are having fun between classes? Are people standing in groups or are they mostly alone listening to their ipod? Secondly, there is no wrong choice in college but to not get plugged in! If you're not making friends, join an after-school intermural volleyball team or see what the theatre program has in the works. Start asking classmates if they are going to the concert the school is hosting, or if you're more bold ask if they want to go with you! Make the university your own! Personally, My college experience didn't sizzle until I pushed myself to get out of my comfort zone to study abroad in Spain for the year. If you don't have fun in collge, I believe the fault often lies in the student's attitude toward college and not in the university itself. So, before you're saying, "I coulda, shoulda, woulda..." Get plugged in!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A prospective student who is very conservative politically may not appreciate the liberal students and professors.

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