The Top: UCR Moments Around the World

A collection of pictures from #UCRAroundTheWorld showcasing how far UCR students can go!

Highlander Joseph Nava in the Philippines. Photo via @jnava.

Welcome to The Top!

Each issue, we present a list of UCR staff and faculty favorites — from walking spots to gardens to events.

This week, we are highlighting the top moments of UCR students as posted during the #ucraroundtheworld campaign. Whether it be during a study abroad program, finals week, or summer break, Highlanders are posting on Instagram from here and around the world. 

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1. When study abroad worked out really well


The UCR Summer Study Abroad program brought students and staff to Gijon, Spain. This is a UCR faculty led program, created and led by Covadonga Lamar Prieto, assistant professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies.

Photo via ucr_in_gijon

2. Really, really well


UCR student Mirna Jasmin Perez in Spain during study abroad. UCEAP not only provides resources for figuring out housing abroad, but also offers internship opportunites to embed into your personalized experience. According to UCEAP, the total cost of studying abroad for one year is about $1,000 less than at your UC campus.

Photo via Mirna Jasmin Perez

3. When they reached high places


Plant biology major Cierra stands atop the summit of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park, representing her UCR pride.

Photo via cierrawikie

4. Really high places


Yaritza Leos is pictured above Mount Baldy, at 10,064 feet elevation, the highest peak in Los Angeles County. If you like to get your exercise on campus, The Student Recreation Center has 100 cardio machines, a swimming pool with scuba and regular swimming lessons, a 32-foot rock climbing wall, and free massages once a week. They also offer yoga, zumba, and fencing. For SRC hours and a list of activity class offered visit the SRC website or follow the hyperlinks.

Photo via yaritzadivaleos

5. When they took Washington D.C. by storm


Kimberly Valladares and other political science students show off their UCR pride in front of the White House in Washington D.C. Check out internship possibilities through UCDC


6. Or showed their Tartan Soul in London


UCR Alumna Stephanie O. and UCR student Laura L. partook in the United Kingdom’s 2016 British 10k. For a run closer to home, participate in the Citrus Heritage Run on January 7, starting at 6:30 p.m.. For more information, visit their website here. The run will take place in yhe California Citrus Historic State Park in Riverside, CA.

Photo via ucr_highlanders_in_ldn,

7. Wherever you go, bring your Highlander spirit


These students are  ready to take on Yosemite National Park, creating a heart and a U-C-R. See more excursions through Outdoor Excursions located by the SRC.

Photo via marksebarrotin

8. And don’t be afraid of nature


Aaron Coyoca, a UCR alumnus, feeds a friend on Phillip Island, Australia, during vacation, with a fierceScotty Highlander to protect him. Many study abroad opportunities in Australia include studying environmental, ecological, and Aborginal studies, and more, in places like Brisbane, Melbourne, or Sydney. For more information regarding study abroad in Australia, visit the UCEAP page here.

Photo via Aaron Coyoca

9. Really, remember, nature is fun


Wild deer of New Mexico meet UCR.

Photo via aprilmaysmile

A UCR hat makes April Allison easier to spot than the deer behind her from this picture taken in New Mexico. Find more UCR gear at the Campus Store. Follow them on Facebook for discounts.

10. And be ready for all that awaits you in this wondrous world


A camel sneaks into the frame in this picture taken in Cappadocia, Turkey. It was submitted by Kaylla Baek, a UCR undergraduate.

Photo via kayllab

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