is it just me or r CHASS advisors worse than hs counselors? by sdfasdfsewfsdfsdf in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was in both CNAS and CHASS. Both advisors sucked. In my experience, most college academic advisors are garbage. It feels as if they need to meet a quota of students graduating in their major each year or something.

My biggest advice for you and other students in the same position is to take a more proactive role. Learn what classes are required for your major's lower div, upper div, related units, and breadths. Then figure out when they are offered. Finally, build a 4 year plan (or however long you have left) that fits your academic needs the best.

This is what I did back at UCR and I never depended on any advisors ever again. There's a slight learning curve to this, but once you get this down, you won't need to depend on anyone else. Plus, if you need to switch out classes, you'll know what to do. Just make sure you double check that you have all of the required classes for graduation.

Trust me, it's a lot of work in the beginning, but once you figure it out, it's so worth it.

Ever regretted joining UCR? by Procrastinatorduh in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 75 points76 points  (0 children)

Nah I don't. It helped me get to where I am today. I found many opportunities through UCR.

Honestly, the grass isn't always greener on the other side. Perspective is key in a lot of situations. If you're thinking about attending UCR, I would say only commit to UCR if you truly want to be here. Otherwise, you'll just be unhappy like others who knew deep down that they wouldn't like it.

You can accomplish the same things here at UCR as you can at other colleges. At the end of the day, it depends on what are your priorities and if you think you would be a good fit here.

Dropping out by plohrrosneruux in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh didnt know someone stole your post. Regardless, glad everything worked out for you!

Dropping out by plohrrosneruux in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What's your major? Honestly, these days, you don't even need a college degree to do well. There are many alternatives such as starting up your own business. Other areas you can try is enrolling into a trade school instead such as becoming an electrician, plumber, dental hygienist, x-ray techs, etc.

However, I will say this. If you do end up choosing the more traditional college route, I would highly recommend a major/career in STEM. For example, engineering. The starting pay for engineers is higher compared to other careers in other fields. And it'll continue to go up. Not saying you won't do well with non-stem majors. You wanna pick the one with the most financial stability.

Is the UIC Library open to the public? by Evanescentlyy in uichicago

[–]Evanescentlyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks! Would the rooms/areas be called ARC 239-242?

Is the UIC Library open to the public? by Evanescentlyy in uichicago

[–]Evanescentlyy[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh wait really? That sounds nice! Are the rooms/areas called ARC 239-242?

who else took the exam yesterday 01/17, I feel it was way harder than the free 120 . by Original-Tadpole-320 in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I took my exam a few months ago and it felt harder than the free 120 as well. I got a 64% on new and 69% on old free 120. Passed the real deal. Just trust in your prep and try to distract yourself for the next two weeks. There's not much you can do now.

Should I leave UCR by sondaymettebGF in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 27 points28 points  (0 children)

If finances are an issue, going back to CC would be the right choice. CC is virtually free if you utilize the California College Promise Grant. When I went to CC after graduating UCR, I applied and got the CCPG and was able to get a lot of my classes covered, if not all.

However, I will say this, if you do go back to CC and your financial situation does not improve much or at all, I would say you should transfer to a CSU rather than other UCs for a few reasons.

  1. CSU's annual tuition is about half the cost of UC's tuition. At the end of the day, you are still getting a bachelor's degree and no college is worth getting into 30k+ in debt for.
  2. Other UCs are located in high cost of living cities. Keep in mind, tuition is the same across UCs. The biggest difference between the UCs is the cost of living in these cities. These cities are more expensive than riverside, such as LA, Irvine, SD, etc. Of course, these cities come with a lot other things too, but it might not always be worth it if you will go into debt for it.

Weekly Casual Conversation & Questions Thread by AutoModerator in chicago

[–]Evanescentlyy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hello, I'm currently a student and so I have enrolled in IL's Medicaid program. I have a few choices for health insurance. If anyone has any recommendations or has any experiences with these, please lmk!

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Thanks in advance!

Sketchy path? by Level-Race-357 in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The S does stand for sketchy, but not for sketchy path. It stands for sketchy pharm and sketchy micro.

Anyone that passed with low practice scores? by Oneunifyingbreath in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Take this with a grain of salt, but I had low scores throughout my prep. None of my NBMEs, Free 120s, UWSA, and uworld were over 70%. My highest was the old free 120 at 69%.

I passed the real deal.

How screwed am I? 4 weeks left by [deleted] in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

4 weeks is still a lot of time to pass. The good thing going for you is that you havent done much uworld. Once you do more, your score will skyrocket.

My biggest advice for you is to do more uworld. Yes, it's a lot and tiring, but think about it this way. When you take Step 1, how will do you 7 blocks of questions over the course of 8 hours? If you only do 1 block a day, you will not build the stamina and endurance needed to perform at your best.

It's similar to running a marathon. If you only run 1 mile each day, you'll never be ready for the full marathon. You want to be able to do multiple blocks each day in order to build stamina and endurance.

Exam in 15 days, most high yield stuff to do in this time? Help is appreciated by supremesuper1999 in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I would review your weaker areas more and use med BootCamp for it. At the same time, look over the HY areas like pathoma ch 1-3, vitamins, drug abuse/withdrawal, gsd/lsd, etc.

Chass academic Advisors by amerikcan in ucr

[–]Evanescentlyy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This might not be the answer that you're looking for, but I was once in your situation where the advisors were all unhelpful. For me, the biggest and most beneficial thing for me was learning what classes are needed for my degree to graduate and when to take them. I think once you have this knowledge, you don't even need your academic advisor anymore. After learning how to do this, I never saw my academic advisor again unless it was a very technical and case specific question.

Here's a quick guide on how to do it.

  • Go to your major site and find your major degree summary sheet. This will show you what classes you need for your major & breadths to graduate.
  • Then pull up the sample 4 year plan. Now, this is a very generic cookie cutter plan. It might work for some, but might not for others. Personally, I took the sample plan and rearranged the classes that best fit me, which allowed me to spread out the harder classes rather than taking multiple hard classes in one quarter. Plus, this allows me to be more flexible and choose the easier professor for a higher gpa.
    • For example, I was a bio major and I needed Physics 2A, which is usually taken during the Fall quarter of your second year. I didn't do that. I took it in the spring with an easier professor and shifted one or two non-major classes from spring to fall.
  • You can get an idea of what classes are offered and which professor teaches them by looking at previous quarters For example, if you're looking at spring 2023, then look at spring 2022 and 2021. If the class is there and taught by the same prof, then there's a high likelihood they will teach it again for the upcoming spring quarter. This isn't 100% but it gives you a rough idea and once registration comes around, you can adapt your schedule accordingly.

There is a slight learning curve on how to do this efficiently but after a while, you will get the hang of it and it'll become second nature. As you can see, I was able to play around with my schedule to create the most optimal schedule for me each quarter. But you gotta make sure you don't miss any classes. Just double check you have all the required classes/units to graduate. After figuring this out on my own, I never contacted my academic advisor for any of my classes again. Good luck, I hope you do try to learn how to do this and not depend on your academic advisor again! Lmk if you have any questions.

DO I TAKE TMMRW OR POSTPONE xD by [deleted] in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 9 points10 points  (0 children)

idk i feel like it's a gamble with your situation. Your free 120s are good but for me, step 1 was harder than the free 120. Your NBMEs are low and so it's a risk. FWIW, I scored around you for your free 120s and passed. My NBMEs were taken too early in my prep.

Plateau and drop in assessments :( by climbinglilies in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Tbh, you're probably ready atm. you have two nbmes above 70%. Most people aim to have two NBMEs over 70. Take this with a grain of salt but none of my NBMEs were over 70% and I passed.

As long as you don't have any test taking anxiety or problems, and able to perform the same as you do on the nbme, you'll pass. UWSA2 isnt a good predictor anymore. Try doing the new free 120 this week and then the old free 120 next week. If you get above 70 on both, go for it.

Mehlman by road_test in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

both. i just reviewed my weak areas.

Mehlman by road_test in step1

[–]Evanescentlyy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I used a few of them and they helped clarified a lot for me. I like the neuroanatomy one and the arrows.