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


What would you personally say are your school's strengths?

The University of California, Riverside is one of the underdogs of the UC system and is becoming better and better with tremendous strides and achievements. UCR's Bourns College of Engineering is recognized nationally and globally, with cutting-edge research that will eventually be implemented into modern day facets; one of the locations of research is the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). UCR's Undergraduate Research program in general is full of opportunities for young undergraduates who want to get experience in the field of their interests, and UCR is known for its research. The University just recently opened a brand new medical school for those interested in pursuing careers as doctors as well, and UCR undergraduate students are given a better chance at being accepted into the program than those who are applying from other universities. UCR is also known for being one of the most ethnically diverse campuses out of all of the UCs, allowing for students to find their niche very easily without much discrimination. UCR also hosts amazing concerts, three every school year, and has brought artists such as T-Pain, Ludacris, Magic!, Childish Gambino, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, and many more!

What are the classes like? Are they more lecture-based or discussion-based? Do you often partake in group projects?

The culture of a classroom at UCR can vary depending on what course is being taught. Our school continues to accept larger and larger freshman classes, and the main classes, out lectures, consistently range from 300-500 students. This is the case for general education courses that one will encounter within the first few years at a Public University. My upper division course has dwindled down to 50 students or so, but can still vary. The professors of larger classroom settings may seem somewhat intimidating, but the smaller classroom settings allow students to interact with them more readily and easily. My major's coursework will more than likely involve several group projects in my classes, and one major Senior Design Project during the last year that will span around 6 months of work and research with a group of 4 or 5 students. The tempo of classes are very fast paced, which is common for many Universities in the quarter system, so it is important to stay on top of all of the coursework.

If you are far away from home, do you ever feel homesick? How do you balance relationships with family and friends from home?

On occasion, I do feel homesick and wish for the opportunity to go back home as it becomes easy to be caught up in everything you are involved with at school. The relationships I have from home are limited, but these are some of the strongest bonds that I have ever made as they withstand the distance. But being far away from home also helps you develop your independence in a way that not many students get to experience if they live close to home, and it even comes to a point where all you know is independence. In my case, I have experienced a lot being away from home and have found many opportunities that will allow me to grow around the area of my school and not back home, so there comes a time where a decision has to be made as to where you want to go once graduation creeps closer.