Tips to Save at UCLA

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UC tuition is going nowhere but up. How can you get the most out of college financially wise? Here are a few tips that I accumulated through my first year at UCLA. They involve some work, but are well worth the effort. I hope they help.
DISCLAIMER: This blog is not officially run by UCLA. This blog contains advice from a student's point of view. You should not completely rely on this resource. There are many other places to go for help, which are periodically mentioned throughout this blog.
goldnouveauleaf wants to know, "I've realized that no matter how much more I study in college compared to high school, I don't seem to be making much progress. It's like I study ten times as hard to get only half the grade. What are some effective study techniques for science majors?"

I can tell you right now, I can COMPLETELY relate. I was a pretty high achiever in high school and my first year here, I was completely devastated when I didn’t get the grades that I thought I deserved (after countless hours of studying for Lavelle >:( ). Then I realized it’s because everybody here were ALSO at the top of their class so, therefore, everyone here is brilliant.

I went through a really hard time constantly trying to study hard, getting a bad grade, being completely discouraged and less motivated to study hard over and over and over in cycles. 

When I look back on it now, I wish I took a better approach to studying. Studying with a group of friends always helps but I was wary of doing so because I was scared of looking stupid. Going to office hours helps but I was always scared of asking a dumb question and looking stupid to the rest of the classmates there and the TA/professor. I was so harsh on myself and never asked for help so I struggled internally for a long time. 

My best advice to you would be to ask for help, and do not be afraid to do so! Make sure you get a lot of sleep and rest well so your brain has time to digest all of the information you fed into it. Most importantly, do not let your grades define you. (I need to listen to my own advice) You are more than your grades, and in the long run, your grades will not matter as much as you think they will.

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Anonymous wants to know, "Hi :) I'm from Singapore and I'm planning to go to UCLA for summer school. Will there be UCLA students there or will there just be exchange students like me?"

Hello! I can tell you from experience of being a Resident Assistant in the summer that you will encounter both UCLA students AND exchange students, but you will most likely be housed with exchange students exclusively. I was the RA for international students last summer and it was such a great experience. Everyone was so friendly and excited to be in LA, and I realized that I was taking a lot for granted. But also, I was so intrigued to hear about other people’s experiences from other countries and it inspired me to travel when I can in the future. 

I will be here again this summer and it would be a pleasure meeting you!

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victorybeers wants to know, "Is it possible to get in with a 3.4 and 1990 SATs? I think I have strong extracirriculars and very strong essays"

This question is actually really hard to answer. I know of people who got high scores and still didn’t get accepted, and others who got extremely low scores and did get accepted. I think my best advice would be to try your best in your essays because that seems to be a large determining factor for UCLA. Also, take a look at this reddit post to see what others have to say!

→ 5 months ago - Friday May 09 2014 | 5 notes

I should be studying!

Bruin day was this past weekend and it reminded me of how excited I was as a freshman to be attending UCLA. Now that I’m a senior and will be graduating in 2 months, it’s really hitting me. It’s almost over. 

Reading back on some of the things I said on this blog made me relive the small things that I forgot about my experience here. And seeing new questions in my ask box from potential future students makes me nostalgic and honestly, somewhat jealous! Because I wish I could be admitted into UCLA all over again (I hope that makes sense).

Enough with the ranting. In fact, I should be studying! Good luck with midterms Bruins. 

→ 6 months ago - Tuesday Apr 22 2014 | 10 notes

TIP #1

Enjoy your time here at UCLA. It will go by in a flash.

→ 7 months ago - Friday Mar 21 2014 | 20 notes
Anonymous wants to know, "Are there microwaves in public place in de neve plaza for students to use?"

Yes, on either sides of the entrance of Dykstra Hall where the vending machines are. They are also located on the ground floor of each building (ABCDEF)

→ 1 year ago - Thursday Oct 03 2013 | 1 note
Anonymous wants to know, "Is it possible to live off campus at UCLA, and not have a car? (Would public transportation work getting to and from the college?) I am planning to live off campus with my parents in Westwood."

It depends on how far you are in Westwood. The Bruin Bus has shuttles running from South of Wilshire. There are also many bus routes that come and go from UCLA so depending where you are, I suggest that you look them up.

→ 1 year ago - Thursday Oct 03 2013 | 2 notes
Anonymous wants to know, "What is the most popular type of hall for freshman?"

I would say the halls (Dykstra, Rieber, Sproul, Hedrick) are the most popular for freshman. These halls are usually mainly freshmen with your few upperclassmen sprinkled here and there.

Although these halls have the least amenities as in no air conditioning, shared bathrooms, smallest rooms, they are popular because these factors force people to meet each other.

If it’s really hot and you have no air conditioning, you’re probably not going to want to stay in your room, so you go out into the hallway or the lounge where all the other sweaty residents are. You meet and strike up conversations in the communal restroom.

I’ve lived in a hall 3/4 years here and I love it. 

→ 1 year ago - Thursday Oct 03 2013 | 6 notes

Public Apology

I would like to publicly apologize for not maintaining this blog as I should be. As a fourth year now I have been very busy and I will try to answer the millions of questions I have in my ask box! I also want to make videos but I don’t know if I will have the time :P

Forgive me! I’ll be back soon :)

→ 1 year ago - Friday Sep 27 2013 | 2 notes
uclabound wants to know, "What tips do you have for moving in? What would you consider essentials?"

This is going to be a LONG list. *stretch* Here we go.

TIPS: Pack minimally. Don’t pack up your whole childhood bedroom, you’re in college now! Your dorm room is a place for you to study and rest, so keep that in mind when you are packing. If I could redo moving in, I would only bring the bare necessities. Especially if you are living in a triple in a hall; ain’t nobody got space for that! By the end of the year, you will have a bunch of new things that you bought throughout the year to inhabit your room so don’t bring too much in the beginning.

Here at UCLA, the residential hall’s rooms have everything furnished for you so don’t worry about bringing extra pieces of furniture. I actually brought my own desk chair to use instead of the wooden one provided but that was a hassle to bring back and forth.

Essentials: Sheets, toiletries, computer, shower shoes, clothes, towels, laundry detergent, respect. 

I just realized I answered another question like this before. Here’s a link :)

DON’T BRING: Weapons, water heaters, personal microwaves. These are considered contraband and are not permitted in the residence halls.

I will add more onto this post if I remember anything else! 

→ 1 year ago - Monday Jul 29 2013 | 23 notes