Can I Get A Side Of Research?

One of the many things that I love about UCLA—strike that, there’s everything to like about UCLA—is that students have the ability to literally put education into their own hands by taking up research positions regardless if it pertains to one’s major, and there are initiated student courses where current undergrads can facilitate a class….

Finals Survival Guide: Winter 2015

It’s that time of the quarter again for UCLA students: finals. Before you run and hide in your dorm room, binging on Bruin Cafe whilst watching the new 3rd season of House of Cards.. again, keep these tips and tricks of the trade in mind so you can go from intimidated and hopeless to confident…

A Summer in Spain

As a fourth year here at UCLA, I have had many memorable experiences that have helped to solidify my love for this school. However, one that truly stands out was my time studying abroad in Spain this past summer. It has been a dream since I was a tiny freshman in High School to travel…

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…

Bruin in London

Four weeks into my study abroad experience via UC EAP at the London School of Economics, I have barely had time to write— London is constantly buzzing with things to do! I can’t even believe that I have midterms next week and finals the week after… this has definitely been one of the most exhilarating…

A Bittersweet Time of Year

  Just last week I watched so many of my best friends graduate at commencement. This time of the year is so bittersweet because it reminds you of the great times you’ve had with those friends who are graduating and you know that they will do wonderful things in the future, but it’s so sad…

Literati Cafe

    During 10th week and Finals week, campus can get a little depressing with students living in the libraries, forgoing showers, and replacing their meals with caffeine. However, some places in LA make for great less-depressing and more colorful study spots, such as Literati Cafe. I went here for the first time last weekend and…

The Best Decision I’ve Ever Made (So Far)

    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…

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…

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…

Christmas in LA

Although it’s December and it’s still 80 degrees outside, the warm weather does not kill the holiday spirit in Los Angeles. Whether it’s seeing the beautifully decorated huge houses of Beverly Hills, or enjoying the fake snow at The Grove, there’s always something to do to get you excited for the best time of the…

GE’s and Why I Love Them!

One of the most exciting things for new college students is the idea that they will be able to take classes in subjects they are most interested. While this is absolutely true, there are something called “General Education” requirements. When I first heard this I was slightly disappointed because I thought it meant taking classes…