UCLA Chamber Ensemble

Copyright 2011 Pamela Springsteen   For the past three quarters, I have been a part of the UCLA Chamber Ensemble. Sounds pretty fancy, huh? But surprisingly, you don’t have to be a musical prodigy to be in it. It is actually a class that is open to UCLA students of any major. The only requirement…

Survival Kit for Premeds: MCAT prep

After spending three long months of prepping for the MCAT, I wanted to summarize a few tips for prospective MCAT takers. First of all, the format that you guys will probably take is different from the one that I just took. As you already know, AAMC is changing the format of the MCAT in 2015…

Survival Kit for Premeds: Organic Chemistry Lab

While organic chemistry class itself is daunting on its own, the lab portion is flat-out terrifying. It requires knowledge from organic chemistry as well as general chemistry, which most people in the class took at least a year ago. I heard how difficult the class is and I kind of tried to prepare for it…

Blu Jam Cafe

During the long weekend due to MLK holiday, I got to get out of the campus and enjoy a nice, relaxing Sunday brunch. To find a place to eat, I pulled out my excessively long bucket list that I had made over the winter break, and at the very top of my list was LA’s…

Winter Break in Nicaragua

  Last winter break, I had the privilege of going to Nicaragua along with about 40 other members of the UCLA student organization “Global Medical Training.” The purpose of GMT is to provide free medical care to the poorer neighborhoods of countries like Nicaragua and Dominican Republic, where there is a lack of sufficient medical…

Survival Kit for Premeds: Physics

Physics is notorious for being one of the most tough subjects, especially for life science majors. Going into my first class of the physics series (Physics 6A), I was really nervous. Since my high school didn’t offer AP Physics, the only physics class I had taken was a regular physics class during my junior year…

Dodgers Stadium

  Before coming to LA, I made a bucket list of things I want to do in LA that I never had a chance to do anywhere else. Recently, I crossed off one of them: watching a game at the Dodgers Stadium. I never was a sports-watcher before coming to college. I did play/do multiple…

Norcal Bliss

With just a week before going back down to LA to start school, I wanted to spend the last few days here in NorCal doing some of my favorite things: walking along the beach and hiking. Last weekend, my mom took a day off from her work to go hiking with me at the Henry…

Premed Life: Shadowing Doctors

  During the time I was back home for the summer, I had a chance to shadow a couple of local doctors and dentists. I had made previous arrangements months before through email and phone, and it was surprisingly difficult to find doctors who were available for shadowing. I got to shadow an orthodontist, an oral surgeon,…

Tour D’Elegance

Every third week of August, these is a car show in the area I live in NorCal. This annual event is called Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance, and although I’ve lived here for the last 9 years of my life, this year was the first time I decided to actually check it out. My cousin came…

Best Seafood

One of the places I visited in South Korea this summer is a little Southern county named Taean(“Tae-Ahn”), located in Choongchung province. Famous for its unpolluted air, beautiful beaches, and national parks, Taean is a popular tourist attraction in Korea. I luckily had an opportunity to go there to visit one of my aunts this…

27th Annual Jazz Reggae Festival

  Jazz Reggae Festival held at UCLA is a great way to spend the Memorial Day weekend. The two-day event highlights all-day performance of various artists, wide variety of delicious ethnic foods, and just a chill crowd of people to share the experience with. This student-run event began in 1986 as a relatively small concert…