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#FirstGenFriday - Every Friday throughout the year we will be telling the stories of #FirstGenUCR faculty, staff, and students.

Today we're featuring assistant professor of theoretical physics, Flip Tanedo! "The first time I realized I was first-gen was probably the first or maybe second year of college. I realized that many of the high-achieving people around me were a step ahead because they had parents who were academics or professionals. They had stronger math and science backgrounds, already did research, knew how to talk to professors, and knew how to succeed in college. It didn't seem fair that other people already knew the roadmap to do well before they even came here. I had to figure those things out from watching other people and finding the right mentors. One thing I came to appreciate, though, is that the race we're running is a marathon and that these ended up being small differences in starting position. Over the long run, with the right support structures, we can all succeed.
College is kind of a game where no one ever sits you down and tells you the rules or strategies for success. The best advice I can give to other first generation college students is to consciously figure out what these rules and strategies are. It's not just that you show up to class at 8am and get good grades and that's it. It’s everything else: building relationships, getting experience, following great role models and seeking mentoring from people further down the road than you.
One example that UCR does very well is undergraduate research. This is something totally different from high school that I didn't appreciate going into college. And yet, research experience helps you lear where you want to take your education and it opens up doors in your career future."

This Thursday, October 19, at 10:19 a.m., #UCRiverside is participating along with 10.3 million others around the state in the Great California #ShakeOut.
If you are on campus, you are encouraged to “Drop, Cover, and Hold on” for one minute.

Worldfest is happening now until 2pm! Come learn about #studyabroad opportunities at #ucriverside! #ucraroundtheworld

"College was kind of this abstract idea when I was growing up that I never really thought about. Neither of my parents went to college. It wasn’t until I got to high school and had friends whose parents had gone to college, and who were talking about to going to college, that I felt like, “wow I’m way behind the curveball on this.” (Beginning college) was a weird experience. I had never had communal living experiences or anything like that. That was definitely kind of a shock. My parents and I had to learn about the basic things I needed. We realized I needed to get special sheets and blankets, we had no idea what a twin XL bed was. I needed flip flops cause I’m wasn’t going to go walk in barefoot to this public shower room. All those little things that you don’t really know about until you get here.
Now I see a lot of the same things working with International Students. Most of them come from backgrounds where their parents went to university, but they realize that university in the U.S. is very different from university in China, or Italy, or Brazil. So, it’s a lot of the same challenges, trying to understand how to navigate this big university setting. I can relate to them, even if I’m not from another country, and it gives me better insight in helping them succeed." -Steve Eulenberg, Manager of International Student Services, @ucrextension
#FirstGenUCR #FirstGenFriday

@ucr_wsoccer is undefeated in @bigwestconference play! Go cheer them on tonight at 7pm. #Gohighlanders #ucriverside

#whereisitwednesday - Do you know where this pre-historic creature lives on campus? #UCRiverside

Did you know that 58% of #UCRiverside Undergraduates are first-generation students and that UCR has over 100 first-generation faculty members?

Starting today and continuing on Fridays throughout the year, we are going to bring you stories of our first-gen faculty, staff, and students. We hope you enjoy their stories and encourage you to share them with other first-gen students. *************************************"One thing I struggled with initially was I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in terms of my major. I had a lot of anxiety about that! I switched majors a lot. I had this fantasy that I was going to be a doctor – a medical doctor. I am a doctor now, but I had no idea I wanted to be a professor. That idea never crossed my mind, especially coming from a household like I did. I think the first two years especially are the time to try different courses and get exposed to different disciplines and not necessarily rush into a major." – Sharon Oselin, Associate Professor of Sociology and the Associate Director of the Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies.
#FirstGenFriday #FirstGenUCR

#TBT to this weekend at Block Party brought to campus by @aspb_ucr! Were you there? #UCRiverside #LifeatUCR

Hey, #Highlanders! Tomorrow is the first R'Day of the year at #ucriverside. Here is everything you need to know about R'Day! #lifeatUCR

Welcome, #Highlanders! We hope you have a great year here at #UCRiverside! @chancellor_wilcox

#whereisitwednesday - where on campus can you find this helpful piece of art? #ucriverside

The statement of commitment our first year students took at convocation tonight! Welcome to #UCriverside, Highlanders!

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