As a daughter of immigrants, I always knew education was a privilege. I dove into college with little knowledge about higher education. I chose my major at random and to be honest, I always felt embarrased or ashamed of it. My parents pushed me to be a business major in hopes of having me run their business one day. Unfortunately for my parents, I found my passion in college. I learned to love my major and use it as a form of helping others. I am beyond grateful to have been able to work at a non profit LGBT+ organization in D.C., to have volunteered abroad in Japan to teach empowerment, provided disaster relief, and to have studied for a term in Tokyo: the largest metropolitan area in the world. Through these experiences I learned the importance of tolerating one another regardless of language, race, ethnicity, or borders . I learned the importance of appreciating your loved ones and being grateful for all the little things in life. I now know my purpose is to always learn and study how people communicate and interact online and use it as a way to connect communities, resources, and people through creative and inspiring ways. I broke so many barriers for myself and my family to get where I am now especially as a first gen student, so I will continue to help others in the way I wish I had been helped. Thanks UCR for the most empowering years of my life. - Karen Tinajero, Business Admin Marketing Concentration #seniorspotlight #UCRstories
The last day of finals is just around the corner! Good luck everyone! 😀 📷: @nivedhakay
'Be Yourself', that's the advice I got as I first came to America at 10 years old, and it's the same advice I got as I walked into my residence hall my freshman year. But how was I supposed to be myself, when I didn't even know who that was? I was more aware of who I was not: I was not American; I was not confident; I was not going to be able to afford college. Being an English Major, I have learned the importance of sharing your own story, which requires discovering who you are and not what others think you should be. It means being mindful of others, but ultimately deciding for yourself. During my time at UCR, I participated in research and served as president of a pre-health organization. From working two jobs at a time to interning in Washington DC, I focused my energy into my interests. By stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things, I started discovering what being myself meant. It was then I also realized that my 12 year old dream of becoming a doctor was no longer what interested me. I had been so determined to achieve this dream that I didn't even realize it was no longer actually MY dream. Coming from an Indian family, my career transition from being a doctor to pursuing marketing was definitely difficult but ultimately, I am so grateful to have a family that still supports my passions. This weekend as I graduate debt-free, I am proud of the person I've become today thanks to the ppl I've surrounded myself with these past four years. From everything I've learned at this university the most important one of them all is the knowledge of who I am. I guess ultimately, everything I'm not, made me everything I am. - Amrita Kular, English major #seniorspotlight #UCRstories
Our UCR Community Garden is working hard to attend the National Sustainability Agricultural Education Association Conference where they hope to learn principles in Traditional Ecological Knowledge, essentially indigenous ways of farming 🌱🍊Check out @ucrcommunitygarden for current planting times and to see how you can get involved!
Finals Week Stress Relief is here! Visit Orbach and Rivera library this week to get things like free boba, tacos, and other snacks! Check out http://rside.ucr.edu for days and times. Good luck with finals Highlanders! 📕@ucrlibrary PC: @caylin_yr
In hindsight, I realize that philosophy taught me to ground my actions, thoughts, and efforts in principles which I believe are rational and worthwhile. This gave me the motivation and diligence to step out of my comfort zone and experiment in interdisciplinary endeavors. With the help of a hardworking family who came across borders to give me what I could never dream of having, I will be graduating with a BA in Philosophy this year and will be pursuing a ScM in Epidemiology from Brown University this upcoming Fall. I hope to someday become an Epidemiologist studying how to better improve healthcare outcomes for communities of color who are affected by blindness. Coming from an underserved city and learning about the difficulties affiliated with prevalent gang violence at a young age, I could have never expected that I would be where I am today. I owe it all to those who guided me along an incredibly unfamiliar and bumpy path. Thank you to all my Professors, advisors, and mentors who took the time to cultivate new perspectives and new pursuits in me. I especially owe thanks to my parents who came from afar to instill in me the values which constitute their beautiful Mexican roots: the value of education for education’s sake, the value of hard work in everything you do, -- big and small -- and the value of respect for all of those around you. Gracias Ma, Pa, to everyone who pushed me along the way, and most of all, thank you to the big man upstairs. - Francisco Marquez, Philosophy Major 📖 Check out Francisco's blog on our tumblr! #seniorspotlight #UCRstories
Did you know 90% of BCOE (Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering) graduates are employed in their field or are enrolled in a grad program within six months of graduating? 🎓Thank you @rphotocollection for your (always) beautiful photos!
It's the middle of week 10, and for some, it's their last week at UC Riverside. Enjoy the view while you can 😍PC: @briandaoo 📸
Coming from Washington State, I never expected to find my home away from home at UCR. I immediately fell in love with the environment and sense of community, and quickly realized this was where I was meant to be. I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in research labs, work for Undergraduate Admissions, join a sorority, and intern for the US Federal Courts. UCR has given me so many opportunities to excel academically and professionally, and I am confident that I have the tools to be successful after graduation. I’ve never been more proud to say I will be the first to graduate in my family with honors Cum Laude! - Tiffany Reynolds, Psychology - Law and Society major
Name this spot on campus 😉Thank you @itsdom0508 for the great photo! 🌱
When I first came to the university, I did not expect to graduate. Academically, I did well, but personally I lack a purpose in my education. It was through a UCR summer study abroad program in Vietnam that has allowed me to reconnect with my cultural identity and find a sense of purpose, which is to gain social mobility to uplift immigrant and refugee communities. Four years later, I found the Refugee Empowerment Project partnered with Glocally Connected to support local refugees, organize an R’course on Critical Refugee Studies to ingrate students into the community, design a dissection protocol for bumble bee brains, earn a public health research internship at Harvard, return to Germany to work with refugees as a Fulbright Scholar, and become the first in my family to graduate university with a BS in Entomology. I would not have done it without my mentors, friends and family! - Phong Hong, BS in Entomology #seniorspotlight #ucrstories
My journey as a transfer student was difficult with the transition from a semester system to a Quater System. It was difficult to adapt to UCR because I had no resources at all, but I had Puente and they connected me with Chicano Student Programs. From there I joined Hermanos Unidos, Dancesport at UCR, The Underground Society of Comics, and Aikido of UCR. From there I connected with the Career Center and went to UCDC for a quarter. All my professors were awesome, and being a Media and Cultural Studies major is a life changing aspect where it branches to many fields of work and academics. Within the two years at UCR I learned how to express myself with my geek and nerd culture. I love video games, Anime, comic books, manga, cartoons, and most of all Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh! One day I aspire to be a Producer of Video games or cartoons of the biggest gaming companies like Square Enix. - Isaac Cardenas, Media and Cultural Studies major #UCRStories #SeniorSpotlight
Who's ready for summer? 🙌🏼☀️ what a beautiful shot of the @ucrsrc 😍 thanks @vince_ngo
The sun's coming out just in time for the three day weekend! 🕶☀️ thank you @yourmomlovesmebest for this stunning photo! 😍
Have you seen our latest Education Abroad video? ✈️🌏 comment where you'd study abroad if you had the chance and the bestie you'd take with you! 💛 link in bio
Graduating with a 3.96 GPA as a chemical engineering major has been hard work, but it only represents a fraction of what I have learned at UCR. As a freshman I was welcomed into a Biomaterials lab and since then I have gained extensive research experience in bioceramics, portable diagnostic development, and antibody discovery, and have been honored with multiple internships and scholarships, two publications, and a research grant. I also played Division 1 soccer for two years, become a member of Phi Kappa Psi and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to make lasting friendships with faculty and colleagues alike. My quest to discover novel therapeutics will continue as I pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering at USC centered around the use of T-cell engineering to cure cancer and other diseases. I am so grateful for my family's support as well as the UCR environment which has allowed me to pursue my passions #ucrstories #UCRseniorspotlight
How beautiful is our campus? 😍 PC 📷: @keshavkumar
Have you seen our most recent YouTube video? 💛 check out the link in our story and comment your favorite UCR professor!