The UCLA store is following me. I didn’t even know they had a tumblr but it’s awesome because they compile all of their promotions and news in one place.
(This was not asked of me, I honestly think it’s pretty cool)
Have a great day everyone :)
ONE BILLION DOLLARS.That’s the amount UCLA received
towards research projects each year
for the last three years.
At UCLA, our 290 medical research centers and distinctive institutes are defining the role of a great research university in the 21st century. After all, this is where the Internet was born. Where desalination was developed in its first practical form. And where technology is reshaping our world — from software clouds that monitor electric vehicle charging stations to devices that deliver transplant organs warm and beating.
Seriously, the amount of research and hard work that UCLA professors and students do is astounding. In my experience, you can start research as early as freshman year, but most people start their second or even third year. Exactly? It depends on what you are interested in and what the researcher assigns you. I suggest that you search the SRP (student research project) site, there is a ton of information here http://www.ugresearchsci.ucla.edu/srppositions.htm.
Some of you may start off washing lab-ware, which may progress into working with mice, running experiments, working with children in the psychology labs, and seriously I can’t even list them all because the possibilities are endless. Choose a field that you are interested in, most likely concurrent with your major, and go from there. Ask a professor of yours, even some of your Teaching Assistants may know of a few opportunities.
As for me, I worked under an actual pathologist for the Jules Stein Eye Institute, so he wasn’t a professor. I wish I had more research experience but right now I don’t have the time! Good luck to you :)
There are many different avenues to receive counseling for financial help. Here are a few that I found.
Options for On-Campus Financial Assistance at UCLA
Many UCLA students have been impacted by the current economic crisis and the UCLA Economic Crisis Response (ECR) Team wants to assist you in staying in school. If you are in financial distress please email ECR@saonet.ucla.edu. It is important that you email us directly, so that the ECR Team can take a comprehensive approach to your situation and can help you determine as many options as possible.
And I knew about the short term loans you can obtain in need of an emergency, but this site also provides a lot of information about planning. Take a wander this way.
You can manage your debt here
You can see all of the loans you took out here
There is basic information about repayment (eek) here
A financial deadline planning calendar for each month for Bruins here (WHATTT I didn’t even know they had this for us)
And seriously there is so much more. I’m scared to click on all the links because of my overwhelming amount of student debt but hey, we have to face it eventually.
This is NOT a blog run by UCLA. It is just a ordinary student’s tips and advice for other students who are interested or attend UCLA. So I will be honest and say things that may not seem “professional” because, well, I’m not a professional. I will tell you when things are hard and when things are awesome. I will tell you things I love about UCLA and things that I do not like so much. I hope it doesn’t cause controversy because it’s really me, just being real, hoping to reach out to you guys who I consider my friends. I use my own personal experiences at UCLA to answer questions, and I hope you guys understand and see that by now. Hopefully you guys can even appreciate the fact that I’m being completely vulnerable on the internet of all places!
That’s why I need you guys to be honest with me as well. Tell me about yourselves, what you feel about UCLA and comment/post/ask questions so I don’t feel like I’m alone! Let’s encourage each other, help each other and be there for each other. These 4 years in college will help us develop, grow and learn about ourselves. We discover new things everyday, so we should help our neighbors as much as we can.
And if you feel like I have crossed a line with a post or an answer, please honestly bring it up to me and be considerate if you can. My goal here is not to make others feel bad/scared/nervous about UCLA. I LOVE UCLA. I really really really LOVE UCLA. But just like everything you love, there are other qualities as well that you may not love all that much. But everything has flaws, nothing is perfect and that’s what makes it even more lovable.
Time to go to class!
A lot of Bruins will agree that the quarter system does sneak up on you. The good thing is that with more time in the quarter system and after getting used to it, you can learn how to balance your time between activities and academics. What I’ve seen in my experience as a student is that it’s always 2/3 that get fulfilled per quarter: academics, social life, sleep. Social life includes clubs/volunteering/extra curriculars, not even just hanging out with your friends. And if you have a job (like most Bruins do), it gets even harder to manage your time.
In pure honesty, I’ve had the worst past 2 quarters of my time here at UCLA when it came to balancing all of these things because of personal issues that I’m facing. That’s another thing that’s hard.. if you are having personal issues that are out of your control, it is hard to manage your grades and take care of yourself at the same time. Of course there are resources such as CAPS, ASHE, the UCLA Medical Center, OSD, etc to help you, but in the end, you’re accountable for your own actions and what you do. Other people may be facing problems too but still excel. That’s what’s terrifying.
All in all, I did struggle my freshman fall quarter and a lot of my other friends did as well just because UCLA is so exciting and fun. Be responsible, make good choices, and be accountable for your own actions and you should be okay. Surround yourself with good people who have the same goals as you do and that makes it even easier. Don’t go out too much if that’s what’s affecting your grades. If you have any other questions, let me know because my goal is to be honest as one student to another.
I actually went to the Aveda salon in Westwood recently and I enjoyed my experience! It is actually a cosmetology school so they are students practicing giving hair cuts/ coloring/ hair treatments so it’s relatively cheaper. Don’t worry, they are supervised by their professional teachers and they consult them before they do ANYTHING to your hair. Because they are young and hip, they can tailor to your every crazy hair dream haha :) In addition, if you post your “after” photo to your Facebook wall, you get an additional 20% off your service. The downsides are that your haircut may take a long time (you should allot around 3 hours for your consultation and appointment), again, they are students so they are learning so you’re their “guinea pig,” BUT don’t worry because they have a lot of experience practicing on other people and models as well.
Here is a menu of services and prices. A simple haircut is ~19, and I got my hair colored and cut for ~45!
Another place I went in Westwood was Sigal Genovonyan next to Victoria Secret to cut my hair off for Locks of Love. Something I did not appreciate was that the man who cut my hair (Sam) took a long time because he was distracted and talking to other people and his hands smelled like cigarettes which was nasty because he was touching my hair. He did give me a great haircut though but even though their sign says that a haircut is $20, it does not include styling so in total my haircut and styling was $45.
There you go! Those are my two experiences I’ve had with salons near UCLA but I’m sure if you are willing to pay more and go near Hollywood or Korea town there will be even better places for your hair! Somewhere I really want to go is to Guy Tang’s salon because he does crazy beautiful coloring jobs. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btHz4Ylntj0 but his services are in the $500 range -__-
Good luck! Tell me what other places you guys like in Westwood!
Hello! Congrats on being admitted to UCLA :)
As a Resident Assistant and a residential hall resident for almost 3 years now, I really recommend living on the Hill for an awesome experience. When else will you be able to dorm and live with a bunch of people your age right there on your floor? You are also given access to lounges, an endless amount of programs, computer labs and of course our AWESOME dining halls. Right now I am loving the Hedrick Test Kitchen which features so many different types of healthy foods, and next year Sproul will have a whole dining hall committed to healthy types of meals!
I vanpooled from Orange County every single day during the summer, and I can honestly say that I did not enjoy it. The convenience of living so close to campus is well worth the money and being able to go back and forth is great if you have late night club meetings and study groups. I use Vanpool on Friday nights when I want to go back home, but I would not be able to do that everyday because even though you’re just a passenger, commuting is tiring!
Let me know if you have any other questions :)
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I believe I made a post about the Career Center before, but I felt hypocritical posting it because I never used this resource before because of a few reasons. 1. I thought I already knew what my career was 2. As a 1st and 2nd year, I was more worried about my current classes and 3. The website was actually really hard for me to navigate and use.
WELL, I finally had a chance to check it out and I thought this would be a perfect way to share my experience!
First of all, here is the website http://career.ucla.edu/ and the building is located in the Strathmore Building, 2nd and 3rd floors. You can go onto the website everyday at 9:00am to schedule a same day counseling appointment by clicking the “BruinView” button on the left hand side.
What I did was actually go to the location on the 2nd floor and speak to the receptionist who was very helpful and guided me through the website. If you have any specific questions, you can go there and ask the receptionist there, or even ask your RA.
IN ADDITION, did you know the Career Center has a huge library FULL of binders and books? The binders have specific information sheets about the career that you are interested in including several sheets from specific graduate schools as well. They include all of the pre-requisite courses that each school is looking for along with other helpful tips that you may need to know. The library also includes a large amount of prep test books including those for the MCAT, GRE and other specialized tests! There are also tables and chairs available to you, and when I went, there was only 1 other person in there which made it a very quiet and peaceful environment.
The Career Center also provides a Letters of Reference Service where they can enter letters of recommendations and store them for a total of 5 years. This makes it very easy for you to send these letters to the graduate schools of your choice, and track if they have been received or not.
There are so many more services that the Career Center provides including job fairs, resume books and internships. I really wish I utilized the center beginning in my first year, but it is still not too late! I really encourage you guys to check it out when you have the time, which should be ALL the time because that’s the reason we’re here at UCLA…. To study for and possibly find a career :)
Best of luck!
I almost forgot to do mine! Luckily the final submission is still available to do. Remember to apply for financial aid!