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| PS - A word about majors. The main reason I stayed at UCR was for its business program, which, in retrospect, was a little like staying in New Jersey for the air. Business might be tougher than most of the humanities and social sciences, but it's still a major that just about anyone can do (notice how it's the #1 major at most Cal States and DeVry, but doesn't even register at Berkeley), and still leads to a degree that carries little weight in the real world.|
Whether it's even as "practical" as it's known totally depends on your plans. See, "business" is actually a world divided into five or six specialty areas, and the degree is only a specific asset in two of them: Finance and Accounting (and even then, an Economics degree is usually an acceptable substitute). The other areas of business -- i.e. Marketing, Human Resources, MIS -- are pretty much fluffy unskilled labor that you could get into with any degree.
If Finance or Accounting is your thing, go for it, but if not, study something else. In all my years at UCR, exactly three business classes struck me as interesting (BSAD 134, 184, 185), while all others were either totally irrelevant or excruciatingly fucking boring. And speaking as a guy who gets orgasms from writing essays and solving math problems, I don't bore easily.
Which brings me to my next point: unless the left half of your brain is completely non-functional, you're almost certainly best off at least TRYING one of the legit majors first: math, science, computer science, or engineering. These are the fields of study that are challenging, teach useful knowledge, and actually pave a path to careers (financially rewarding ones, at that). These are also the degrees that best justify the act of going to college, since the material is hard to learn solo, and the professions at the end of the tunnel almost always require degrees.If you're not a natural born quant, I'd honestly even consider certain humanities majors over business. Yes, it's sadly true that a BA in English or Philosophy (my favorites), like a business degree, is pretty much an expensive credential for becoming a Jack In The Box toilet cleaner. But UNLIKE a business degree, at least you'll be learning stuff that's actually worth knowing and genuinely fun (maybe even fulfilling) to study! The material makes great mental training for law school, too, in case you're considering that.
|Sep 28 2008|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2002 |
| I've been going to this school for approximately 2 years plus one summer. All the rumors you here about shootings off campus of riverside they're true. The UV at night is not a very pleasant place. Denny's at night has black prostitutes, pimps, and occasional gun shootings. The school cannot help the surrounding community, but be advised just go home after 11am. Trust me, you'll be a lot safer. |
The student body here are difficult to pretty chill.
So far the schooling here has been a life struggle. I worked my bum off, for the grades I got. The dorm food here sucks, and only a few restaurants nearby are good. Recommendations for freshmen is get an apartment or eat out everyday. It's pretty diverse campus, but its mostly asian. Beware of professors with accents, they are from china or india.
|Sep 08 2008|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| Please cut off my head and stomp on it. After being deferred to this school, I submitted intent to register, line, sinker, hook, and bait. This school is, as WW Jacobs might have envisioned, of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the way places, the worst. Going to UCR has been an insult to my intelligence. |
Classes are boring, pointless, and occassionally maddening. Few students give it their all. Not that anyone wants to. This mentality becomes a disease most everyone catches. Including the students and certainly the professors. In fact, many classes had less than half the students up for classes, not surprising, since the only thing most people want to do here is get drunk. This place will make you miss high school.
The city itself is a smothering wasteland, the most sprawling suburban area in the country according to one study. In no way can this place be described as pleasing. Thick pollution blankets the entire city like a hot stinking rug.UCR is known as UC Rejects for a reason. If you dont make it to any other UC, please save your self-esteem by going to a CC.
|Jun 07 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |