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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.
It’s late at night. Need a buddy?
Do not worry! Community service officers are here to help you :)
"The Evening Van Service provides a safe means of transportation around  campus during the evening hours. The vans provide transportation between  campus buildings, on-campus housing and nearby residential areas. The  service is free of charge and available to all UCLA students, staff,  faculty and visitors. For added safety, the vans are driven by Community  Service Officers (CSOs) who carry two-way radios, providing a direct  link to the UCLA Police Department."
http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1001008

In addition, “CSO escorts are available free of charge to walk  with students, faculty, staff or visitors 365 days a year from dusk  until 1 a.m. between campus buildings, local living areas or Westwood  Village within the approximate boundaries of Sunset Boulevard to the  north, Hilgard to the east, Wilshire to the South, and Veteran to the  west.” Call (310) 794-WALK to get your very own CSO!
http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1000806
With all of the crimes going on around campus, I think it’s awesome that UCLA provides these services. PS to the ladies, one time I used an evening escort and a cute guy in uniform walked me all the way to my room WINK WINK.
Happy Valentine’s Day everybody <3

It’s late at night. Need a buddy?

Do not worry! Community service officers are here to help you :)

"The Evening Van Service provides a safe means of transportation around campus during the evening hours. The vans provide transportation between campus buildings, on-campus housing and nearby residential areas. The service is free of charge and available to all UCLA students, staff, faculty and visitors. For added safety, the vans are driven by Community Service Officers (CSOs) who carry two-way radios, providing a direct link to the UCLA Police Department."

http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1001008

In addition, “CSO escorts are available free of charge to walk with students, faculty, staff or visitors 365 days a year from dusk until 1 a.m. between campus buildings, local living areas or Westwood Village within the approximate boundaries of Sunset Boulevard to the north, Hilgard to the east, Wilshire to the South, and Veteran to the west.” Call (310) 794-WALK to get your very own CSO!

http://map.ais.ucla.edu/go/1000806

With all of the crimes going on around campus, I think it’s awesome that UCLA provides these services. PS to the ladies, one time I used an evening escort and a cute guy in uniform walked me all the way to my room WINK WINK.

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody <3

→ 2 years ago - Tuesday Feb 14 2012 | 2 notes
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Undergraduate Writing Center is now in Rieber!!
Do you have a paper that is due and you don’t know where to start? Check out the Undergraduate Writing Center now located in Rieber Hall! Experienced Peer Learning Facilitators (PLFs) are just a few steps away to assist you with your writing needs! Check our their website: Undergraduate Writing Center
This is a great, free resource for those of you who need help on a paper! I used this resource last year and I got a lot of great tips from people who really care. Utilize this resource and grab an appointment while you can!

Undergraduate Writing Center is now in Rieber!!

Do you have a paper that is due and you don’t know where to start? Check out the Undergraduate Writing Center now located in Rieber Hall! Experienced Peer Learning Facilitators (PLFs) are just a few steps away to assist you with your writing needs! Check our their website: 
Undergraduate Writing Center

This is a great, free resource for those of you who need help on a paper! I used this resource last year and I got a lot of great tips from people who really care. Utilize this resource and grab an appointment while you can!

→ 2 years ago - Wednesday Feb 01 2012 | 5 notes
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Don’t have a laptop? 
How to Borrow a Laptop
Are you tired of lugging your laptop onto campus everyday? Do you not have a laptop at all? UCLA has a great service where you can borrow laptops from their libraries for free! All you need is your BruinCard.
“Approach the CLICC Consultant, present a valid BruinCard ONLY. The Consultant will only check out a laptop and a charger in the laptop bag. Your UCLA logon and password is needed to complete the checkout process.”
Make sure to turn in your laptop back on time, or renew it when time runs out or else you can be charged on your BruinBill account.
“After 24 hours from overdue, an additional Item Replacement Fee of $2,000 is applied to the current fees.”
I love using this resource because of it’s convenience and ease. In addition, the labs got BRAND NEW laptops this year which are awesome and speedy quick.

Don’t have a laptop?

How to Borrow a Laptop

Are you tired of lugging your laptop onto campus everyday? Do you not have a laptop at all? UCLA has a great service where you can borrow laptops from their libraries for free! All you need is your BruinCard.

“Approach the CLICC Consultant, present a valid BruinCard ONLY. The Consultant will only check out a laptop and a charger in the laptop bag. Your UCLA logon and password is needed to complete the checkout process.”

Make sure to turn in your laptop back on time, or renew it when time runs out or else you can be charged on your BruinBill account.

“After 24 hours from overdue, an additional Item Replacement Fee of $2,000 is applied to the current fees.”

I love using this resource because of it’s convenience and ease. In addition, the labs got BRAND NEW laptops this year which are awesome and speedy quick.

→ 2 years ago - Saturday Nov 05 2011 | 4 notes
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Want to go on a cheap date? Or just gaze at pretty stars&#8230;
There are free shows every Wednesday at 8pm, and a telescope viewing after depending on the weather. The shows are located on the very top floor of the MS building, Math Sciences 8224.
"Public planetarium shows (suitable for all ages) are given by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students. Content varies with presenters, but commonly includes discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more!"
Check out their website for more details on the show! There is one tomorrow. What a great way to relax after taking some hard tests~
http://www.astro.ucla.edu/planetarium/

Want to go on a cheap date? Or just gaze at pretty stars…

There are free shows every Wednesday at 8pm, and a telescope viewing after depending on the weather. The shows are located on the very top floor of the MS building, Math Sciences 8224.

"Public planetarium shows (suitable for all ages) are given by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students. Content varies with presenters, but commonly includes discussion about the current night sky, constellations, astronomical phenomena, and more!"

Check out their website for more details on the show! There is one tomorrow. What a great way to relax after taking some hard tests~

http://www.astro.ucla.edu/planetarium/

→ 2 years ago - Wednesday Oct 26 2011 | 25 notes
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The beautiful Getty Center - and it&#8217;s always free!
Take the Metro Rapid from the stop at the corner of Bellagio and Sunset,  and get off right at the entrance. There is free admission, but you have to pay $3 for the roundtrip bus fare.
Go Saturday night, they are open late! Go view many paintings, and some natural art as well: the sunset over LA is a breath-taking view. 
Good luck on your midterms everybody!

The beautiful Getty Center - and it’s always free!

Take the Metro Rapid from the stop at the corner of Bellagio and Sunset,  and get off right at the entrance. There is free admission, but you have to pay $3 for the roundtrip bus fare.

Go Saturday night, they are open late! Go view many paintings, and some natural art as well: the sunset over LA is a breath-taking view.

Good luck on your midterms everybody!

→ 2 years ago - Tuesday Oct 18 2011 | 6 notes
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Want to get the most out of your college experience?
"The Bruin Resource Center (BRC) is here to help students make the most of their UCLA experience. Students often feel confused and intimidated by the size and complexity of the campus. We are a welcoming place that supports the success of all Bruins. We also specialize in supporting former foster youth, undocumented students, transfer students, veterans and students with children. The BRC offers programs and academic courses with a focus on student development, practical life skills, health education, and dialogue between diverse groups to promote emotional intellectual and social well being. Come by to the Student Activities Center, B44 and say hello!"
Bruin Resource Center (BRC), located in the Student Activities Center, helps everyone from parenting Bruins to AB 540 students. The BRC also has many resources for transfer students, including mixers and other events, not to mention free food!
http://www.brc.ucla.edu

Want to get the most out of your college experience?

"The Bruin Resource Center (BRC) is here to help students make the most of their UCLA experience. Students often feel confused and intimidated by the size and complexity of the campus. We are a welcoming place that supports the success of all Bruins. We also specialize in supporting former foster youth, undocumented students, transfer students, veterans and students with children. The BRC offers programs and academic courses with a focus on student development, practical life skills, health education, and dialogue between diverse groups to promote emotional intellectual and social well being. Come by to the Student Activities Center, B44 and say hello!"

Bruin Resource Center (BRC), located in the Student Activities Center, helps everyone from parenting Bruins to AB 540 students. The BRC also has many resources for transfer students, including mixers and other events, not to mention free food!

http://www.brc.ucla.edu

→ 2 years ago - Friday Oct 14 2011 | 4 notes
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Want to take a breather after your classes by getting a great view of UCLA?
The top floor of Broad Hall provides the best view of campus. 
The roof of the Physics and Astronomy building also provides a nice view of Powell, as well as Boelter.
The top level of lot 3 is a great place to watch the sunrise.
There are probably many other great places to get the best views of the campus, and LA, so if you guys find another one to add on the list, let me know!

Want to take a breather after your classes by getting a great view of UCLA?

The top floor of Broad Hall provides the best view of campus.

The roof of the Physics and Astronomy building also provides a nice view of Powell, as well as Boelter.

The top level of lot 3 is a great place to watch the sunrise.

There are probably many other great places to get the best views of the campus, and LA, so if you guys find another one to add on the list, let me know!

→ 2 years ago - Sunday Oct 09 2011 | 24 notes
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Don&#8217;t know what you want to be? Aren&#8217;t sure of the millions of possibilites out there?
Then utilize the Career Center! It&#8217;s a great, free resource for UCLA students.
http://career.ucla.edu/Homepage.aspx
Not only is it great for those who are about to graduate, but it is WONDERFUL for first years as well.
"During your first year at UCLA, the Career Center will introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. If you’ve already chosen your dream job, we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go.
Students who use our services are better prepared for the world of work. By being proactive and visiting the Career Center, you can:
• Gain a better understanding of your skills, interests, and personality and learn how they relate to your career possibilities • Increase your knowledge of the job search process • Learn how to get an internship • Write an effective resume • Gain greater confidence in interviewing skills • Learn about the process of applying to graduate and/or professional school • Learn how to write an effective personal statement. &#8220; 
Make an appointment through this link: https://secure.career.ucla.edu/BruinViewLogin/Login.aspx   

Don’t know what you want to be? Aren’t sure of the millions of possibilites out there?

Then utilize the Career Center! It’s a great, free resource for UCLA students.

http://career.ucla.edu/Homepage.aspx

Not only is it great for those who are about to graduate, but it is WONDERFUL for first years as well.

"During your first year at UCLA, the Career Center will introduce you to an amazing array of career possibilities and help you explore the link between academic majors and employment options. If you’ve already chosen your dream job, we can help you develop skills and strategies to get you where you want to go.

Students who use our services are better prepared for the world of work. By being proactive and visiting the Career Center, you can:

• Gain a better understanding of your skills, interests, and personality and learn how they relate to your career possibilities
• Increase your knowledge of the job search process
• Learn how to get an internship
• Write an effective resume
• Gain greater confidence in interviewing skills
• Learn about the process of applying to graduate and/or professional school
• Learn how to write an effective personal statement. “ 

Make an appointment through this link: https://secure.career.ucla.edu/BruinViewLogin/Login.aspx   

→ 2 years ago - Sunday Oct 02 2011 | 6 notes
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Scared for that upcoming quiz, paper, midterm, or in 9 weeks, the FINAL?
Check out the Test Bank located in the Student Activities Center. All you have to do is  submit a graded test or essay (freshmen in their first quarter are exempt), and get a sticker for your Bruin card. With that sticker, you have access to view and print up to 5 old tests or essays from your class at a time at only $.05 a page.
Some of my friends used this resource, and got 100% on their midterms because their professors did not bother to change the exam at all. And, since it is resource provided through SAC, it is technically not considered cheating!
I find it a great resource, especially for professors who do not provide old exams to look through because you can get a feel for the professor&#8217;s test questions/formatting/grading policy. 
It is probably going to be a while before you use this resource, but it&#8217;s good to know it&#8217;s there right?

Scared for that upcoming quiz, paper, midterm, or in 9 weeks, the FINAL?

Check out the Test Bank located in the Student Activities Center. All you have to do is  submit a graded test or essay (freshmen in their first quarter are exempt), and get a sticker for your Bruin card. With that sticker, you have access to view and print up to 5 old tests or essays from your class at a time at only $.05 a page.

Some of my friends used this resource, and got 100% on their midterms because their professors did not bother to change the exam at all. And, since it is resource provided through SAC, it is technically not considered cheating!

I find it a great resource, especially for professors who do not provide old exams to look through because you can get a feel for the professor’s test questions/formatting/grading policy.

It is probably going to be a while before you use this resource, but it’s good to know it’s there right?

→ 2 years ago - Wednesday Sep 28 2011 | 37 notes
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