Bruins For Boston

At the end of a long week marked by the final capture of the second suspect of the mysterious marathon bombings in Boston, we send our deepest condolences to runners, spectators, and rescuers who unfortunately fell into harm’s way at the time of the explosions. On Tuesday, April 23rd in Bruin Plaza, UCLA and our…

An Unlikely Place To Find A Mentor

One of the most popular questions I hear from prospective students and their parents in my time at Undergraduate Admissions is about the student-professor gap.  They want to know the steps UCLA is taking to bridge that gap, and what resources/opportunities are available to undergraduate students in that regard.  I would be lying if I…

Goals for Winter ’13

It’s a new quarter, and what better time to set some goals in addition to those New Year’s Resolutions?  After a wonderfully restful two and a half weeks spent in Vancouver with family, it’s time to get back in the groove of things.  I’m particularly excited about a few things coming up this quarter, including…

Changing my graduation plans

It’s hard to believe that this very day three years ago, I had just finished my first round of finals as a freshman at UCLA.  It has been a long and hard (but rewarding) journey since then, and I can barely believe how far I’ve come. In September, I began the quarter with the end…

Gourmet burgers at The Grove

This past Monday was the first time in my three-and-nearly-a-half years at UCLA that I had visited The Grove in Beverly Hills during the holiday season.  Before, I had only heard of it and never had the chance to actually see it in all its splendor during the time of year that it is decked…

Beat ‘SC Bonfire & Rally 2012

What an incredible and spirited week it has been at UCLA!  In the final countdown before the big game with our crosstown rival, we prepared ourselves and made sure our entire campus community was feeling the spirit and enthusiasm it takes to give our team extra reassurance and strength to head over to the Rose…

2012 Presidential Elections at UCLA

What a night!  The long-anticipated Election Day has come and gone, and the campus is left buzzing (along with the rest of the nation) through our Facebook status updates and Tweets, offering each Bruin’s own two cents on the race for the presidency.  Landfair Avenue, typically frequented by residents whose apartments line the hilly street,…

A Brief Road Trip to the North

This past weekend I traveled to San Francisco to attend my boyfriend’s cousin’s wedding.  Although it was a very hurried trip (we left on Friday and returned on Sunday), it still was a great experience.  This marked the first time I traveled to northern California by car since I moved to southern California.  Although I…

Summer travels in Asia

What an incredible summer it has been!  Over the past few months, I have embarked upon 14 flights, trodden the soils of six nations, crossed many time zones, and enjoyed countless foreign delicacies.  It has been a journey of journeys, one embedded in another, all of them combined to give me the incredible experience that…

Traveling in Switzerland

Greetings from Switzerland!  It has been more than 14 days since I have been in Europe, and everything is so dreamy that I am afraid I will wake up any minute in my bed in Westwood.  I am traveling with UCLA’s Travel Study program with the Urban Planning department on global governance, and it is…

The season of goodbyes

Spring quarter is always the most difficult for me to finish because it marks the end of a school year and the culmination of their UCLA experience for an entire class of seniors.  In a week, I will be losing a handful of my favorite people at UCLA, and they will head off into the…

Prepping for an annual spring concert

Since the fall of 2010, I have dedicated myself to a wonderful community service group on campus called YOUTHphonics A Cappella.  Despite being an interdigitation of students with majors from all over campus, varying interests, and different musical preferences, one thing we have in common is our passion for singing and sharing music with local…