The Optimists: Mihir Mathur

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. My experience at UCLA has been invaluable. Despite being born and…

The Optimists: Jamie Baron

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. UCLA has an endless list of amazing qualities and opportunities for…

The Optimists: Kevin Brown

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. As a first-generation nontraditional college student, going to a four-year university…

The Optimists: Dreama Rhodes

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. I am from Merced, CA. It’s a relatively small town where…

The Optimists: Aryonia White

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. Gazing out the window of a 45-minute bus ride across town…

To Our Applicants

I’ve been in college admission for nearly 20 years, which is likely longer than most incoming freshman have been alive. Yet each year, I look forward to the opportunity to meet with newly admitted students and their families as they consider which campus community they’ll call home this fall. With all of the stress that…

The Optimists: Alyson Kim

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. Before applying to UCLA I had never been to the campus…

The Optimists: Ah Lim Lee

Although thousands of miles away from home, she has discovered a tight-night and academically rewarding campus community at UCLA.

The Optimists: Brad Fingard

UCLA Optimist Brad Fingard shares his views on diversity at UCLA and how students and administrators alike work to constantly improve campus climate.

The Optimists: Jimmy Aguilar

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. As I stare through the arches of Royce Hall, I am…

5 Tips to Help you Prepare as an International Student

I attended school abroad and knew, all along, that I wanted to study at a university in the United States. When I finally received my university’s letter of acceptance 3 months later, I was ecstatic! But the emotions that settled in after that were confusing: I was going to leave my family and live alone…

Read Season from a Readers Point of View

Winter is synonymous with one thing in our office: read season. Joel, Assistant Director, offers some insight into what we’re looking for as we consider each applicant.