Since admission decisions have been sent out to high school students, I have seen a multitude of confused families wandering around campus, unsure on where to park, what to eat, and where to go to learn more about UCLA. Tour groups have been packed with much more students and families than usual and I’ve been stopped a great amount more by people asking for directions around campus.
This reminds me of when I first made the personal decision to attend UCLA about three years ago. Since I came from a very small high school– I basically grew up with my graduating class– and I had no clue what attending a huge university like UCLA would be like. I was so unsure of what the campus would be like (or what college would be like in general) and I was frightened to enter this gray area of life that I knew so little about with people I knew nothing about.
But now, looking back, I am so extremely glad I chose to attend UCLA. I have grown immensely as a person and learned so much about myself I never knew before. I have learned so much more about different cultures and the world in general here by interacting with such a diverse range of students. I have met some of my best friends here that I am sure I will be friends with forever. I’ve also discovered my passion for education here, my love for Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and long hikes with great views, and my working style and strengths and weaknesses. Learning to navigate Los Angeles and myself has been a long journey, but I enjoyed it every step of the way and it was well worth it.
With only one more year left at UCLA, I am actually so sad to leave. This place has literally become my home– the place I feel the most comfortable at surrounded by the people I know will always be there for me no matter what. However, I also think I am so much more ready to enter the “real world” with the help from the relationships I made here and the skills and knowledge (inside and outside of the classroom) I’ve been able to develop.
Here’s a picture of my best friend helping me move into Hedrick Summit way back in Fall 2011. Welcome, new Bruins!