Daily Tidbit: A Brief History of the Green Card

Information adapted from CitizenPath. The green card has changed many times since its inception in 1940 after World War II. The First Green Card (1940-1977) The Alien Registration Act of 1940 required all foreign-born persons in the U.S. 14 years of age and older to be fingerprinted and register their presence at a U.S. post office. The forms were forwarded to the Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS), … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: A Brief History of the Green Card

Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

For busy college students like me whose reading mainly consists of textbooks and articles for class, or anyone with little time on their hands, reading full-length novels from start to finish can feel quite daunting. Luckily, there are all kinds of things to read in the bookstore, the library, or out in the World Wide Web — from 500-plus page novels, to shorter novellas or … Continue reading Try Your Hand at “Assimilation,” by E. L. Doctorow

Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights

UCLA is home to a wide array of people from all kinds of backgrounds. Located in Los Angeles, which is quite appropriately known as a multi-cultural melting pot, UCLA boasts a special claim to fame as one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Diversity is one of UCLA’s core values because it allows the school “to provide a broad, enriching educational experience that … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Nights

Is It Possible to be Too Friendly?

In general, friendliness is seen as a good trait to have. Friendly people show us that we are liked, which makes us feel good or accepted. But can one be too friendly? Certainly the creators of The School of Life video “The Problem with Over-Friendly People” think so. The video lays out three problems with “over-friendly” people: They don’t seem to have their own opinion and agree with anything. They compliment … Continue reading Is It Possible to be Too Friendly?

Daily Tidbit: Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? According to Mindful, mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. It has roots in Buddhist traditions of meditation, but research has shown mindfulness to have actual physiological benefits for our brains! UCLA has its own Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mindfulness

Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise

First, just look up. A minute, even thirty seconds will do. What do you see? Right now, I’m in a library. The ceiling is a high eight-sided rotunda. Eight isosceles triangles curve gently up to meet at a twelve-pointed star in the middle. The surface is rough stucco, the color burnt orange. A light rose-colored strip of plaster rims the eight sides of the ceiling. … Continue reading Let’s Do a Mindfulness Exercise

Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

What’s your favorite song? Write a short story based off of your favorite song. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email indicating whether or not you want your writing to be posted on the blog for you (if … Continue reading Prompt 9: Story Based On Favorite Song

Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done

Tattled on a close friend in 5th grade? Road-raged down the 405? Reflect on your inner devil this weekend and write about the worst thing you have ever done. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the comment section below. Emailing hkim@cpo.ucla.edu Include a short note in the email … Continue reading Prompt 8: The Worst Thing You’ve Done

Prompt 7: A Day in the Life of a Pathogen

Midterms are rolling around again at UCLA. It would be awful to catch a cold during this stressful time. Write a story from the perspective of a virus or bacteria. (This question is credited to Gaby Cuevas, our Assistant Director.) Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting your answer in the … Continue reading Prompt 7: A Day in the Life of a Pathogen

Prompt 6: Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! It’s the year of the rooster. Observed in many Asian cultures, Lunar New Year is typically a happy festival with plenty of family, friends, and food. Around this time I always seem to crave ddukguk with mandu and hobak jeon, traditional Korean New Year foods. Imagine that you are in a country that celebrates Lunar New Year. What sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and touches … Continue reading Prompt 6: Lunar New Year

Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Did you know? Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at UCLA in 1965. You can find the recording here. Last Monday, January 16, was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Thanks to that, we could enjoy a three-day weekend right after winter break ended. But there is something else, we should thank Dr. King for: civil rights. If you could meet Martin Luther King Jr., what would … Continue reading Prompt 5: Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Welcome and Updates

Dear Readers, I cordially welcome you back to another quarter with us. As we look forward into a new quarter and a new year, I would like to remind you of a few things regarding the Writing Success Program and our blog. ESL/ELL Counselor This quarter we are welcoming back one of our previous counselors, Monica Mendoza, to the team. She is taking up the … Continue reading Winter Welcome and Updates

A Tale of Two Dentists

For this series, the WSP counselors were asked to interview an older family member with a childhood experience different than their own. These pieces focus on the family member’s past, particularly his or her goals or aspirations. The purpose of this assignment was to get the counselors to engage with an important family member and to learn more about themselves and their family history in the … Continue reading A Tale of Two Dentists

Prompt 4: Black Friday Mishap

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving Day when we tighten our terrifyingly loosened belts and take to the streets for some holiday shopping… or to our computers to shop online, as the case may be. Many stores across the nation advertise Black Friday sales and huge price drops as shoppers wrestle each other to get the best prices while the stocks last. Whether we’ve snatched a … Continue reading Prompt 4: Black Friday Mishap

Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

If you could do anything (within the natural laws of this world…i.e. no magic or superpowers) and you had one day to do it, what would you do? In short, describe your ideal day. When do you wake up? Where are you? Who are you with? What do you eat or do? Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following week … Continue reading Prompt 3: Describe your Ideal Day

Archives: The Art of Criticism

This post is an On Writing piece from our Archives. It was first published in 2014 and was written by one of our past counselors named Kanyin Ajayi. These are her words… “Tis hard to say, if greater Want of Skill Appear in Writing or in Judging ill,” – Alexander Pope, “An Essay on Criticism” This post is a “How To” on literary (and largely, cultural) criticism. Many of us are thrown into mandatory … Continue reading Archives: The Art of Criticism

Prompt 2: Encounters on the Commute

A funny flyer? A man walking his dog? A weirdly shaped door handle? A butterfly? Most of us bustle about every day to get to a workplace, a class, practice, or a meeting – but do you ever take a moment to notice the world around you as you hurry through your busy life? Write about something that you encountered during your commute that made you smile, internally or externally. Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next … Continue reading Prompt 2: Encounters on the Commute

Don’t Despair. Don’t Cry. Don’t Give Up.

Hello Dear Readers, The results from last night’s election were heartbreaking. Many of my peers have said that they no longer feel safe walking outside or that they are disgusted and ashamed about their country’s compatriots. I understand. I am with you. If you are one of the many constituents who Trump disgraced, mocked, and otherwise discriminates against you have valid reasons to feel betrayed and … Continue reading Don’t Despair. Don’t Cry. Don’t Give Up.