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…

Bucket List: Freshman Year

As the school year draws to a close, seniors in flowing graduation gowns can be seen all over campus, posing for graduation pictures. I can’t believe that my first year at UCLA is almost over (except for finals, bleh). As UCLA prepares to send off a fourth of its population off into the real world,…

A Whirlwind of a Quarter

  This has been a busy couple of weeks! The end of the quarter is finally in sight and I cannot wait for this marathon to be over! All that said, it has been a spectacular quarter so far.  I have been taking 4 of the most interesting classes that I have ever taken at…

French Classes vs UCLA Classes

  I’ve already talked about the class-choosing process as a study abroad student in France and how it is different from UCLA, but I haven’t yet discussed the differences between the actual classes at a French university and back home. The largest difference is definitely the amount of time spent in class. At UCLA, most classes…

Choosing classes

I have now finished my introductory French courses and have moved on to the full-blown real-life university courses here in Lyon. At UCLA, choosing your classes happens long before you ever get into them (in most cases – you can always drop and add), but here the course system works differently.  French students all have…

Done with my first week of classes (kinda)

  I am now finished with my first week of classes here in France! It feels a little weird to be starting school so early because back at UCLA the quarter system doesn’t get going for another few weeks. I haven’t started my official classes quite yet, though – the ones I’m in right now…

Interview with a Phobic

In lieu of an in class midterm examination, my psychology of fear requires an interview of a subject with a phobia with a six page write-up of the interview. This has been quite an interesting assignment. I have very little psychology background knowledge, so I have been doing a little bit of extra work just…

Spring Quarter Classes

At UCLA, we have the first two weeks of the quarter to change class times, sections or perhaps classes in general. Now that we are well into third week, schedules are finalized. This quarter I am taking four classes. 1)      Phy Sci: Continuation of the core series for my major. This is the last class…

Schedule Planning

Decisions. Decisions. As soon as the schedule for winter quarter classes comes out, deciding what to take and when to take a class becomes a seemingly cumbersome process. I thought, this shouldn’t take me long, I’m a third year now, shouldn’t I have limited options of what classes to take? Wrong. In fact, even now…

The horribleness that is getting your textbooks

Do not freak out. Normally, getting your textbooks for your classes is super easy. In fact, all three quarters last year began with beautifully orchestrated textbook transactions (and cheap, too!). This quarter is different. This quarter, the books I have to buy are not only expensive, but also carry a lot of confusing baggage. I…