Hello there! My name is Princeton Ly, and I will be posting weekly on the UCLA Life Blog during the 2011 – 2012 academic year.

First, a little bit more about myself and my path to and through UCLA. I was raised in Whittier, a historic little town in East Los Angeles, and attended high school in tree-lined San Marino, just a stone’s throw from our very own Rose Bowl in Pasadena. This year I will be entering my last year at UCLA, so I am most definitely an Angeleno through and through.

As such, I take much pride in supporting Los Angeles’ greatest and most storied athletic teams – the Lakers, the Dodgers, and the Bruins. One thing I hope to do during my time with the UCLA Life Blog, is share a bit more about the school from a sports fan’s perspective. For those of you who are incoming freshman, the Den Sports Pass is available for purchase here right now! For the ridiculously low price of $99, you get a Den tee-shirt and access to all of UCLA’s football and men’s basketball home games. As Pauley Pavilion is currently undergoing renovation, getting to the latter may require some extra effort on your part, but I guarantee – with the squad we are fielding this year – it will be worth it. Lastly, as a shout-out to one of my favorite sites on the interwebs, head on over to Bruins Nation for the best (in my opinion) unofficial, fan-based reporting on UCLA sports.

As for my path through college, I started out as a Chemistry / Materials Science major hoping to craft a career in academic research. As a student from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, I had the honor of taking classes with one of the best professors at the university, Yung-Ya Lin (read the review by Michael Criem), as well as the honor of working with a million-dollar microscope in one of the newest and most advanced facilities anywhere – CNSI.

But my attentions shifted after I went on a life-changing medical missions trip to Kenya, and becoming a physician became my new dream. To allow for the volunteering, MCAT preparation, and applying/interviewing that this dream involved, I switched to a less coursework-heavy major in Marine Biology, a childhood fantasy come true. The rest, they say, is history.

I look forward to sharing my experiences and expertise with you all. As a sneak peek into next week’s post, do some digging here.

Yours truly,

Princeton