Tips from a Current Student

Hello everyone! My name is Evelyn, and I’m a sophomore English major (and prospective Film minor) from Shanghai, China. To start off, congratulations on being accepted to UCLA! We’re so incredibly proud of you, and we can’t wait to see what amazing things you’ll accomplish here. Having lived in a few different countries before, deciding…

My Unexpected Journey Through the Freshman Cluster Program at UCLA

When I first chose to enroll in a Cluster during my freshman orientation, I did so primarily because it fulfilled a majority of my general education requirements needed for graduation which I otherwise would not have completed in my major. I had no idea what to expect, and truthfully, just thought of it as a…

UCLA Academics: Engineering Beyond the Classroom

Hello hello! My name is Sarah Ciudad, and I am currently finishing up my 3rd year here at UCLA studying Civil Engineering. I’m originally from Vacaville, CA, but decided I wanted to switch up the scenery and move to Southern California for college. My experience here has been as fun and stretching as it has…

Residential Life: Where my Job is to Break the Ice

“Share your name, year, hometown, and major,” my Resident Assistant announces as he explains the icebreaker.  The first-year version of me looks around at our floor’s study lounge. It’s filled with new, nameless faces. As we begin the icebreaker activity, I wonder how many of the names I’ll be able to remember. I think about…

UCLA’s Diverse and Immersive Opportunities

Hi everyone! My name is Alexa Garcia, and I am an Economics major and Environmental Systems and Society minor at UCLA from Santa Barbara, California. As a 4th year student, I have been involved in various organizations on campus such as Bruin Women in Business, Greek Life, the Bruin Ambassador Program, and gained work experience…

Finding My Place at UCLA

Hey there! I’m Conner, a sophomore at UCLA from Arcadia, CA (right by Pasadena, where the Rose Bowl is held and where Trader Joe’s was founded!). First, I want to say a huge CONGRATULATIONS on getting into UCLA! It’s really such an incredible accomplishment, so take a moment to be proud of yourself. You —…

A True Bruin Community from the Beginning

When I got into UCLA, I didn’t know any current students. I was really nervous about going to a school where I didn’t know anyone- I wanted to make meaningful connections at college, and I was worried I wouldn’t know where to start at a large school. However, I quickly realized that there were a…

Agents of Change: Why I Chose UCLA

The values of optimism and leadership have always been important to me. I have always believed in the ability of people to be agents of positive change in their communities. So, when it came time for me to decide where to attend college, UCLA was at the top of my list because it shared my…

There’s no telling where being a Bruin can take you

Perhaps this won’t come as a surprise, but summer is by far my favorite season. The weather is beautiful (as it is year round in SoCal), the days are longer, and the water is warm. But as much as I love to sit by the beach, the best part of summer as a college student…