Starting My Last Year as an Undergrad

This upcoming week is the beginning of my last year, as an undergrad. It is bittersweet in so many ways. Some of you may be thinking, “Wow, calm down, you still have a year to go.” It’s true, but time is really ticking. Throughout the upcoming WEEKS, I will be doing a lot of stuff that will help determine what I’m going to be doing after UCLA. I have a lot of things in mind, but nothing is concrete yet, as to regards to what I plan to do. I have already gotten the question, “Well, what do you plan to do after you graduate?” It’s one of the toughest questions that I’ve faced yet. It’s not so easy to determine what the plan is going to be. I have always had a plan to how I want to run my life, but I have realized that life doesn’t always run accordingly to what you have in mind. There are twists and turns and it is up to us to try to make the best of it.

Some of you may know that this is my third year at UCLA, but also my last. To those even wondering how I identify myself, when people ask me what year I’m in, I say “third year, Senior.” It’s my third year at UCLA, but also my last, hehe. I have a year less than many of my friends, to come up with a plan after graduation. To be honest, I didn’t really thoroughly think about what I wanted to do after graduating. But now that the time is among us, I am contemplating my options after graduation. For those wondering what it’s like to be a college senior, let me just tell you that it’s CRAZY. Both good and bad, of course! We have to take tests (either the GRE, CBEST, CSET, LSAT, MCAT, etc!), apply to grad school (which involves plenty of research), write essays, get letters of recommendations, and undergo a lot emotional stress. It’s just the beginning for me, but I can already feel the pressure. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m loving the fact I am a third year, senior! I cannot wait for what the future holds for me. It’s just the process of getting to the future that I’m not that excited about, haha! Even though I am going to face a lot of challenges, I’m going into this entire process preparing myself to be positive and take this all in, as a learning experience. I have my friends and family to turn to whenever I need help. I also have a lot of my friends that are going to be going through the same things as me.

As for my last year at UCLA- I plan to make the best out of it. I want to go into this last year thinking “This is my last September 28th as a UCLA student”,  for everyday that comes my way. I plan to work the hardest I’ve ever worked and get more involved than I have ever been as well. I have to make the best out of it! It’s UCLA we are talking about!! After all, not everyone gets to say they are a UCLA student. I feel privileged to be able to call myself a Bruin. I have met so many amazing people here that I plan to make even more memories with. Cheers to an upcoming school year filled with many more FABULOUS/AMAZING/MEMORABLE memories! And good luck to everyone who is starting school as a freshmen/senior! WE CAN DO IT!