Back to the Books- but in the sunniest quarter of the year!

First off a tiny bit about me! I am a second year history major and education minor. I am originally from Dana Point, CA. My goal is to become a teacher (k-12) and I absolutely love working with kids. Fortunately UCLA has given me the opportunity to get super involved! I also work for Undergraduate Admissions as a Bruin Ambassador and get the opportunity to speak with prospective students about UCLA! I could not be happier being a Bruin and love nothing more than to share my experience with others who may be interested in applying to UCLA. My college philosophy is all about balance and getting the ultimate experience possible. I love UCLA not just for its academic rigor but also the incredible social and professional opportunities available. I just got back from Spring Break and could not be more excited for this quarter!

Spring Break always feels short. I mean in reality one week is not very long at all! While I’m sure almost every college student wishes Spring Break was just a little lengthier Spring quarter is one of the most exciting times at UCLA. Aside from being the quarter leading into summer, Spring Quarter is the peak of that legendary CA weather!

As April arrives, UCLA warms up in spirit and temperature. Some of our most exciting events such as Spring Sing (a giant talent show/concert put on by UCLA students), I ❤ UCLA Week (where students show their love for UCLA and get free shirts in the process), and an endless number of other activities. Spring Sing is one of the most anticipated happenings of the year (Sarah Barreillis performed during her time as an undergrad) and students cannot wait to check out the talent this year.

Aside from organized events at UCLA, students take full advantage of the amazing sunny weather! Beach trips to Santa Monica, tanning at UCLA Sunset Recreation Center, and bathing suit shopping in Westwood all become priorities in these months. Of course Spring Break was amazing, but coming back to UCLA for, in my opinion, the best quarter of the year makes me more than ready to come back. Being home was great, but nothing beats the excitement and atmosphere of UCLA’s spring quarter.

Good bye Spring, HELLO SUMMER!!!

Yup, you read it right people. I am officially saying good bye to Spring quarter, and I’m saying a BIG HELLO to Summer!!! 🙂 Just turned in my last lab notebook and lab report, which officially marks the end of my Spring classes. Woohoooo!!

Spring quarter as for many of us – or at least for me – has been the hardest quarter of the year 😦 Maybe it’s because it’s the end of school year, maybe it’s because there is only a 1 week break from Winter to Spring, or maybe it’s just the fact that I am tired already by the time Spring comes around. But nevertheless, Spring is over and I can proudly say that I finished it strongly in all my classes and my midterms and my finals – all those a scary battle!!

For a lot of us the end of Spring marks an end but I also say that it marks a new beginning for some of us. For those of us that are staying at school, it marks the end of one school year and beginning of the fun of Summer. But for the others, it marks a new chapter, a new beginning in their life where they leave UCLA or any school that they’ve been at for the last couple years and prepare to dive in to the real world out there. I have to say I’m such a cry baby. I will be crying for my friends that are graduating: I’m crying because  I’m sad that they’re no longer at UCLA but I’m also happy and proud of them for what they’v been through and have done.

I was dropping my notebook a couple hours ago at school, and the school was filled with excitement, balloons, flowers, smiling students, and parents. You could see the proud looks in each of parents’ faces and  the happiness and joy in each students’ face!!

Some of my friends from the College Letter and Science are graduating tonight, and some of my friends from the School of Engineering are graduating tomorrow. For all of you graduates, CONGRATULATIONS and I wish you all the very best from my heart!! And I’m proud to be able to call and meet you all as a friends!! 🙂

And for the rest of the Bruins, HAPPY SUMMER!! 🙂

BMES End of Year Banquet

Last Friday, Maggiano’s Little Italy was swarmed with Bruins; and I’m talking Bio-Engineer from Bruins!! Yup, we all got fancy and glammed up for BMES (Bio-Medical Engineer Society) End of Year Banquet that night; and it was so much fun!

It was a great way to end the school year, right before finals week. There were about 100 students and some faculty and staff that joined us that night. Some students submitted videos to compete with each other, there were engineer rap battle (yup, you read it right), zombie attack at laboratory, peanut butter as a cure to the zombie attack, as well as building up machine to fight zombies. And in case you haven’t get the clue, the theme for the night is zombie attack at the UCLA Bio-Engineer lab

It was a really fun night. The food was amazing, and everyone was just enjoying the break from late night at lab hours and long hours of homework and studying. Nevertheless, can you guys believe it’s already week 10?!?! That means this is our last week of Spring quarter already, and that means get ready for cramming for all those finals that are coming next week!! Get ready for the last push of the quarter Bruins!!

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 of the core series, but I will have to do the lab component in the fall. We are already ready for the first midterm on endocrinology!

2)      Honors Seminar: Psychology of Fear. I am taking this course to fulfill my honors collegiums requirement. It is taught by a practicing psychologist. It is a bit different then my normal classes, but very relatable.

3)      Biostats: This course counts as an upper division physiological science class and fulfills that statistics requirement for medical school. The professor is great, and many of the topics are very relevant to the research I do.

4)      History of Modern Europe: Upper division history course. So far, the material is similar to one of the lower division courses I took, but it is by a completely different professor. It has been interesting to hear similar information presented in a completely different manner.

Pretty broad mix, but it should be a great quarter!

Go Bruins!

Spring Ball

Photo Credit: Copyright UCLA Recreation Marketing

One of my favorite things about spring quarter is the start of spring IM sports. I always make sure that I am on as many IM teams as possible, and in spring that means softball. When the weather warms up it is only natural to get restless. It becomes difficult to concentrate on studying or class so it is really important that you have an outlet for that extra energy. Even with a busy schedule, it is important to take a few hours out of your day to exercise and just have some fun.  I played baseball in high school, but there are no IM baseball teams so I always play softball instead and it turns out its just as fun! It is much more relaxed but competitive at the same time.  I always play with a mix of close friends, and people I just met. It is fun to play with friends but have the opportunity to meet new people as well.

A new sport they are offering this quarter that they have not offered before is kickball. I do not think I have played kickball since I was 12, but I might have to try it out this quarter. I am sure most people won’t take it very seriously but it will be fun to just play.  IM sports are definitely a highlight of UCLA life. It seems like everyone plays regardless of athletic ability or how serious they are.

I am very excited for the rest of spring quarter. Not only are there awesome IM sports, but there are many things to look forward to like Spring Sing, and the Jazz Reggae festival. Spring quarter is definitely my favorite quarter. Go Bruins!!

Happy Easter everyone!!

Easter marks the end of the first week of Spring quarter, and it was such a good weekend!! At the end of my first week, I already loved all my three classes. I know what you’re thinking, it is way too early to say that I love my classes, especially since it’s not midterms week yet. However, I do believe that a good , positive start is the way to go in in order to do well in a class 🙂

I have three upper division Bioengineer classes for this quarter, and and here’s the latest news: I’m starting my training for my lab research this quarter, yay!!!

Alright, so let me tell you why it was such a good weekend. Firstly, I will have Friday off with no classes at all this quarter. How awesome is that!!? I’m super excited already just thinking about it. So, I had no class last Friday and  got to celebrate Good Friday with my friends at church. More shocking news: I joined a church play where I have to cry!!! For those that know me, doing a play and crying for a role is really not my thing, but it was really fun to try new things, and I’m proud to say that it actually went well 🙂 Another good thing that happened on Friday was that I got a haircut which really made my weekend!! 🙂

On Saturday, I visited my boyfriend’s church, Saddleback, in Lake Forest. It’s was a couple of weeks since I had been to that church, and boy how I missed that church so much! It felt really good to go there and be surrounded by people that I know. After church I went to get yummy Korean food!! 🙂

On Sunday, I went to church to celebrate Easter and I finished the second part of the play; and everybody loved it!! 🙂 It was such an amazing weekend. I was pretty tired by Sunday night, but I’m ready to start week 2 of  Spring quarter!!

Two things that I’m looking forward for week 2 are:  Bruin Day, which is this Saturday April 14th, and Engineering Open House, which is the Sunday after Bruin Day! It’s going to be a fun weekend where I get to meet future Bruins and future Engineers!! But until then, let’s start week 2 of Spring quarter!! 🙂

The Start of Spring Quarter

Every time I start a new quarter it amazes me how fast time flies. Seriously, the quarter system is no joke. 10 weeks from now I will be wondering where the quarter went. To prepare efficiently for a quarter you have to manage your time effectively every day. Not a single day goes by during a quarter where I do not think about homework or what I have to do next to prepare for my class. That is what keeps me on task and on top of all my deadlines in regards to my classes. I would not trade the quarter system for the semester system. because I feel like I work better in a fast paced environment. I  love it. I love to be busy so that is one thing that keeps me going as well. If I am not doing something, then something is wrong, :P. For me, I have to be on top of every single thing I do- whether it has to do with academics or not. That is why the quarter system is for me– I’m either doing something school related or doing something to keep me sane and happy. This Spring Quarter will be my last Spring Quarter ever as an undergrad. I don’t know whether to feel excited or not about starting my last quarter at UCLA. These will be my last ten weeks. It is a serious countdown that I will be taking advantage every single day of. Here’s to a fabulous quarter!!!

Last minutes before the end of my Spring Break!

As I’m writing this, the clock is ticking to count down the end of my Spring Break; and I’m pretty sad that Spring Break has gone by super fast 😦 In less than 24 hours, I will start my Spring quarter..

However, since I’m still in Spring Break now technically. Let me just say, I have had a pretty awesome Spring Break!! So you all know about my little adventure driving up north to Ojai, Oxnard, Simi Valley, and Fillmore area to visit a few high schools. I also had a cooking lesson where I learned to make bread pudding (it’s super yummy 🙂 ). And of course, my break wouldn’t have been complete without a small visit to my most favorite place on earth, Disneyland!!! I went to Disneyland on Friday and it was such a blast. I had amazing funnel cakes that filled me up, had a great game at the Toy Story mania (for those who haven’t tried it, it is highly highly recommended!!), and watched the Aladdin show that I have missed so much!!

Speaking about maximizing my Spring Break, I also went to watched Mirror Mirror on Sunday (earlier today). I loved it!! It was a fun and entertaining movie to watch.

Before I’m writing this blog, I started preparing my books  for the new quarter!! I have to say I still want a longer break, but I think I’m almost ready to start this new quarter. All the classes that I will have are upper division Bio-Engineering again, but this time there’s no more GE classes!! yay!!!

Anyway, I should head to sleep if I want to make sure I show up to my first class this quarter!! Good luck to all the Bruins this quarter!! 🙂

Princeton Ly – At Long Last

It’s strange to think that my time at UCLA as an undergraduate will end in just ten short weeks. As I have said before, it’s been an amazingly fun run. Here’s to one more great quarter!

To start out, this is what I am up to in Spring 2012:

Classes:

The details are still being worked out, but I am signed up for four courses. The first is Biochemical Methods I, a biochemistry laboratory required by a few medical schools. The second is Chemical Communication, which finishes up my Marine Biology major requirements. The third is Cell Biology: Cell Cycle, a chemical biology class also required by a few medical schools. Lastly, I have a Individual Studies for USIE Facilitators contract course with my faculty mentor to keep me prepared for the class I am teaching next quarter.

[For you incoming Bruins, you can find the Schedule of Classes here and a pretty reliable, independently-run, professor rating site for UCLA here.]

Quite fortunately, all of this still allows for a free Friday.

Extracurricular:

Besides preparing for my aforementioned USIE class, I have my usual responsibilities with my Christian fellowship as well as at my home church. This includes preparing for an upcoming retreat, coordinating senior class activities, and other leadership team tasks. This also overlaps with general senior-year-spring-quarter stuff like attending my last Spring Game and Spring Sing, attending friends’ graduations, preparing for my own commencements, and making/completing an end-of-undergraduate bucket list.

On top of this, I still need to figure out where I am going to medical school next year!

Conclusion:

Whew, it sounds like a lot all put together, doesn’t it? Makes me a bit tired just thinking about everything, ha. Let’s just pray I can get everything done joyfully and successfully.

Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming

-Coach

Recapping my Quarter

Wow, Spring Quarter flew by! I can say that I truly enjoyed my personal and educational experiences throughout the quarter. I took classes such as Sociology 133 (Collective Behavior), Soc 185 (American Society) and Soc 174 (Family). All three courses were challenging and enjoyable. I have to say my favorite was Soc 185, not only because it challenged me the most intellectually, but also let me test out real life situations in American society. I was able to complete two different projects: one on American voting patterns during the 2008 election and predicting future challenges and favors for candidates during the 2012 election and the second dealing with choosing a candidate to run for President during the 2012 election and looking at their prospects of winning by establishing three main focuses (I either had to run as Barack Obama, run against him as myself or choose a Republican candidate). I was able to look at past data and current data (news articles, polling questions, etc.) to complete both projects. As a Sociology major, all these classes really reflect why I chose my major–because I love looking at empirical data and critical analysis of society. It is what I love and what I look forward to applying in the future :) .

As I look back at my personal experiences I had a blast! I met so many new people and I was able to get closer to several of my friends. It was such a wild roller coaster that I was sad to leave after finals. But as I sit here in my home I am thankful to be around my family. After all, I am not too far away from LA (I’m just about an hour away). This week, I plan to catch up on rest, visit family, and make two trips back to LA (one to have lunch with my boss and two to visits friends). I am so excited! It’s barely my first week of vacation and I cannot wait for Fall quarter to arrive. Until then, I’m going back to work to my previous summer job (I’m working with Elementary students) and prepare to buy stuff for my apartment. :)