Football Season

  Today is the day! The Jim Mora era officially opens in Houston, Texas, against Rice. I hope you are excited as I am. I am sitting in my Bruin blue and have the TV ready. I actually know a family who has a flag they wave around in their living room during games, so…

Aruba!

For the first time since 2003, I got on an airplane for a non-academic or athletic reason. Strict vacation. Let me tell you, it was needed. I spent the week lying by the beach. It was absolutely beautiful. Warm, crystal clear water. A pool with a walk-in style entry with special chairs made to put…

My TV Moment

It seems every student at UCLA has their moment where they pass by a big time celebrity, or get to be on a tv show or music video. My big tv moment came when my friend invited me to go to Raging Waters, a water park just outside Los Angeles, to eat desserts. I did…

21!

Tuesday was a very special occasion- I turned 21! Now I can check into all the hotel rooms I want without worrying about check-in age. The day started off great with the United States winning two medals in my favorite sport. Later on, I had a great home cooked meal with some close friends. It…

Fruit Trees

Continuing off my last blog, after making it to NorCal, I have been overwhelmed with the amount of fresh fruit. The Central Valley is certainly living up to its reputation. I don’t think I can even list all of the fruit that is growing in the backyard. Grapefruit, figs, white nectarines, yellow nectarines, peaches, a…

Eventful Drive

I had a rather eventful drive to NorCal. Just as I passed the junction between the 99 and the 5, the check oil level light flashed on in my car. With about fifty miles to Bakersfield, I got a little worried. Now, my dad had been bugging me since spring break to get my oil…

Long Beach

I had the pleasure of judging the National Championships for trampoline last weekend. It was pretty awesome to be able to decide who got to be the national champion, and really fun to meet and work with people from all over the country. It was a bit surreal to be back after competing in the meet…

UCLA Camp

UCLA Athletics offers several clinics and summer camps throughout the year in fifteen sports for pre-collegiate athletes. They serve as potential recruiting opportunities, or just a fun activity for a young kid to try. This past weekend I coached and counseled at the gymnastics camp. Counseling at UCLA was a larger responsibility then my previous…

Olympic Trials

Chances are on most weekends throughout the school year, I am judging a gymnastics meet. It is the dream college student job; I get paid and fed. To keep my judges certification, I am required to do a certain number of continuing education hours. Some of these can be met by in-gym observation, but a…

Gettysburg

On my way home from camp last weekend, I visited Gettysburg for the first time. I was really, really excited to see it! I absolutely love learning about the Civil War and will admit to watching Ken Burns Civil War Documentary at home for fun. I had a rather short visit since my sister was…