Anthony Castellanos

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University of California Riverside

Gregori Class of 2014

Chemical Engineering

Weighted GPA at Gregori: Above 4.0

SAT Composite Score (2400 Scale): 1750

Extracurriculars at Gregori: Global Club,Track and Field, Peer Tutoring, Ping Pong Club

How did you decide on what to major in?

As a Chemical Engineering major starting school for the first day, I expected to see a combination of chemistry and math. I wasn't sure what Chemical Engineering was when I first applied, I just knew that I enjoyed both of those subjects in high school and thought that it would be the best of both worlds. As I was correct in the sense that both subjects are involved, I was just in shock as to how they would be implemented into the coursework. I was very intimidated, and I was unsure if I could really do it; three years later I am in the top 20% of my class. So choose what you are interested in, and always put effort into all of the schoolwork assigned.

What is the workload like based on your major?

The workload in any of the Engineering fields at UCR are intense but doable. I myself have heard from various peers that Chemical Engineering may have the most difficult course load in all of the college, but to each is own. Many of the professors expect you to go over the material on your own time as the quarter system doesn't allow for many in-depth analysis of some of the material, so independent learning is a quality one must develop. My coursework is based on mathematics and understanding how systems work in order to apply the math to solve for an answer. I've had to endure many nights of limited sleep but I believe this degree will be one of the more rewarding moments of my life.

Do you regret not being able to take any classes to prepare for your major? What classes would you recommend Gregori students to take based off of your major?

If anyone is considering being in any field of math or science while attending a university, I encourage high school students to take classes that will give them credits in the areas of school that will not consist of their core classes. AP or IB credits will come in handy for one of two reasons: taking the correct courses and getting that credit will exempt you from general education classes one is required to take in college, and enough of those credits will allow you to graduate early if one so chooses, or it will provide you with enough wiggle room in your course load over the 4 years you will attend college that will allow you to take interesting classes or retake important classes that you might have failed and still graduate within 4 years. In my case as a Chemical Engineering major, I wish I had taken all of the AP English/Literature classes and AP Calculus BC, and it would have been beneficial for me to pass AP U.S. History/World History so that I wouldn't have to worry about taking those classes when I got to college.