The Value of UCLA

Greetings, future Bruin! My name is Anjenica Ramos (but you can call me Nikki; pronouns she/her/hers). I’m a fourth year Cognitive Science major and Digital Humanities minor. It’s nice to meet you!  First and foremost, congratulations on your acceptance! I want to applaud you on your hard work and accomplishments thus far, especially given the…

Investing in UCLA

Hey new Bruins! My name is Renato Escobar (he/him), a 2nd-year psychobiology majorand part of the UCLA class of 2023. I am from Thousand Palms, California and I am veryexcited to share my thoughts, feelings, and steps that I took at the time when I was in yourposition, and hopefully provide you with some insight…

Finding My Community on Campus

Hello future Bruins, I want to start by saying CONGRATS on getting into UCLA! Thinking back to when I was in your shoes, I remember my shock and excitement at reading my acceptance letter and looking forward to everything UCLA would have in store for me. I can’t wait to see you on campus! My…

The UCLA Transfer Center

Bienvenidos nuevos Bruins a la Familia! My name is Ivan Vera and I am a 4th year Political Science major, African American Studies minor, transfer student from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am here today as a senior graduating from the #1 public university because of the community, support, and aid I have…

UCLA Sports and Athletics

What’s up future Bruins! My name is Ben and I am a first-year Cognitive Science major at UCLA. I am from Torrance, which is about half an hour south of UCLA on a good day and about an hour and a half south on your typical, trafficked LA day. First, congratulations on your acceptance to UCLA! I…

Searching for today, but instead I found tomorrow

Early on in my schooling, I internalized messages that college was not for me. As a first-generation, low-income, non-traditional Chicano student, I clearly remember being told by my high school science teacher to “get used to taking order at McDonald’s” after him accusing me of being drunk. In addition to these messages, I was also…

The Optimists: Kevin Brown

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. As a first-generation nontraditional college student, going to a four-year university…

The Optimists: Jimmy Aguilar

Have you met the UCLA Optimists? Over the next several months, the Bruin Blog will be highlighting our student Optimists. These current UCLA undergraduates will give you insight into the application process and tips, student life and culture, and what it means to be a Bruin. As I stare through the arches of Royce Hall, I am…

For incoming Freshmen: Things to do before you get to UCLA

Congratulations to the class of 2015! I’m sure you have been told this tons of times either from friends, family, teachers/counselors/principals or even strangers, but there is never too many congratulations, so I’m saying them anyways! It is August and school starts late next month. The date is soon approaching. As I prepare to return…