All Things Academics: How I Found My Path at UCLA

Hi everyone! My name is Binat Gousinov (she/her/hers), and I am a third year Business Economics major and Cognitive Science minor here at UCLA. I was born in Israel, but I grew up in Los Gatos, California in the Bay Area. Before I jump into talking about majors, minors, careers, and everything academics related, I…

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: Will I Make It?

Hello new Bruins! My name is Marisa and I am a second-year pre-Human Biology and Society major from Sacramento, California. Congratulations on being accepted into UCLA! It truly is an amazing feat and we are so proud of you for all you’ve accomplished. We know that you’re going to do amazing things at UCLA and…

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…

The Quarter System and Why I LOVE it!

  A unique feature of the UC system is the use of quarters rather than semesters. Instead of having two semesters, the UC’s (with the exception of Cal and UC Merced) run off a 10-week quarter system. We have fall quarter, winter and spring. The quarter system is often an adjustment for new students but…

Freshman Clusters (and why you should take one)

Disclaimer: This description of the Freshman Cluster program may seem overly cheery as I liked my cluster as much as anyone can like a cluster. Like I was in the 99th percentile of cluster-liking. And you might, too! The Freshman Cluster. The bombest class I have taken so far at UCLA (well, technically it was…