Monday, September 12, 2011

Bento Box: An Emergency Guide to UCI

(an excerpt from what I prepared for my brother. Just thought I'd share.)

An Emergency UCI Guide for You 


Congratulations! You’re off to a world of fun, underage drinking, skimpy clothes, last minute finals and running to class late in your pajamas! Now I know you’re going to enjoy yourself, but I have a few words of advice and information for you. Not that you’d need this, since we all know you’ve known everything there is to know about life once you hit 18, right? Right.


Search for classes here: Try to remember to follow your major requirements and don’t forget some classes have pre-reqs or are a series (A, B, C, D)

Your General Catalog for 2011-2012 is here: (…You know what a general catalog is right?)

Your Portal: This is your friend for looking up your schedule, checking your grades, etc. Don’t forget your password. If you move the times back (ex: change it to Fall 2010) you can use the course websites to look up what books are required and which classes are usually offered when.

Academic Calendar: Print this. Or at least save the important dates. Like when you need to pay for classes.

Finals Schedule: Look up your finals schedule for the classes you are taking when you are registering. That way you can plan ahead so you don’t have 5 finals on Monday and Tuesday and try to kill yourself when it comes time to cram.

Check your professor: It really helps.

Best places for Wifi & food for studying: Jack in the Box & Lee’s Sandwich. (Ken says the library but he’s a nerd. Never leave your stuff unattended even to go to the bathroom, people get laptops and ipods stolen all the time.)


Your School Paper:

Your School Forum:

Livejournal Community:

If you feel overwhelmed:

Obligatory Article from your school:

Post Office:  United States Post Office (Across the bridge near Lee’s)
University Center
4255 Campus Dr, Irvine
(800) ASK-USPS or (800) 275-8777

Closest Supermarket: Albertsons (open till 1)
4541 Campus Dr
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 854-8280


Campus Police: (949)824-5223

Student Health Center:

Closest Airport (SNA) John Wayne Airport: Use to order tickets. You can find information on getting to and from airports here:

Remember, always charge and bring your phone. Cause I hate people who don’t, that’s lame.

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