Character Creation

Make characters that jump off the page and wag their finger at you; characters that lead armies into epic battles on your coffee table or cuddle up on your shoulder for a quick nap; characters that pilot jet planes in circle-eights around your head or trek into the great unknown called Underthebed with just a backpack. Your characters should come alive, enthralling your readers. Your … Continue reading Character Creation

Love Is Contradictory

How is your relationship with your parents? My parents are my greatest allies, wisest mentors, and most enduring supporters. At the same time, they can also be the most frustrating debaters, savage critics, and a huge source of stress and worry. They are both open and secretive — I have known them since my birth, and yet they are two of the most mysterious people … Continue reading Love Is Contradictory

Where to Go for Your Copy of the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book

UCLA’s campus advocates for first-year students, First Year Experience, has begun distributing the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book. Unlike in previous years, in which books were handed out during New Student Orientation, the books will be distributed at several pop-up sites around campus between January 10 to February 12. Many of these pop-ups will facilitate a discussion on the themes of family, immigration, trauma, identity, and … Continue reading Where to Go for Your Copy of the 2017-18 UCLA Common Book

WSP Brings In Professionalism

The Writing Success Program is starting a brand new category on the topic of professionalism. This category is designed to help you find success in your professional lives. Blog posts in this category will consist of tips on professional writing, interviewing, applying to graduate and professional schools, and how to gain desirable skills and experiences to build your resume — all knowledge you need to … Continue reading WSP Brings In Professionalism

I Love You, Harabeoji

What is my heart’s deepest desire? “When you look at a person, any person, everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed their life. Anxiety, depression and panic attacks are not signs of weakness. They are signs of trying to remain strong for way too long.” – Deepika Padukone My heart’s deepest desire is stories. I love reading and writing, but … Continue reading I Love You, Harabeoji

Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

The 2D/4D ratio is the measurement of the length of the index finger (2nd digit) divided by the length of the ring finger (4th digit). This ratio is used as a proxy in sex research for prenatal testosterone exposure in humans and several other species including rats. Higher prenatal testosterone levels correlate with a lower 2D/4D ratio (with individual differences), which means that women tend … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 2D/4D Ratio

Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Whether you’re a dog lover or cat lover, here is one indisputable fact — dogs are smarter than cats. Before any uproar begins, I’d like to share two things with you: 1) dog brains contain more than twice the neurons in cat brains, which means they have greater cognitive capability, and 2) dogs are far more trainable than cats, which means they have greater learning … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dogs vs. Cats

Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

Outside of the U.S. and Canada, most countries sell and store milk at room temperature. A new and more efficient technique called ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurization allows milk to stay fresh on the shelf for about three months — much longer than the 7-10 days in the refrigerator for milk treated with high-temperature short-time (HTST) pasteurization used in North America. Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Dairy Fact

There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

“There will be a box to make love in.” … so read a pin-back button in rainbow type. The button was displayed as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching initiative for exploring Latin American and Latino art. Launched in September, the event seeks to bring a variety of crucial exhibitions about contemporary and modern art, the ancient world, and the pre-modern era to … Continue reading There Will Be a Box to Make Love In

Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

A lack of curiosity has been linked with negative affect. Both people with depression and Alzheimer’s disease have significantly low levels of curiosity. Curiosity correlates positively with intelligence. Curiosity is a result of a neoteny, an evolutionary phenomenon in which our species as a whole displays traits, like playfulness and inquisitiveness, that were characteristic of juveniles in our ancestors. The brain region most associated with … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: 5 Facts About Curiosity

Learn With Curiosity

Ever wondered what Stephen Hawking’s thesis looked like? Or why you always seem to gain back any weight you try to lose? How about what’s killing galaxies? Curiosity is an informational website and app that creates and gathers articles and videos on all kinds of interesting topics so you can learn and get inspired. There’s lots to like about Curiosity. It’s well-organized and has plenty … Continue reading Learn With Curiosity

Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Subtlety sub-till-tea n. the act of avoiding an unpleasant situation through clever maneuvering. Literally: waiting under a rock until tea time. Words are pretty cool. They let you write a letter confessing your love to your crush, understand your favorite Friends episode, tell your roommate to stop stealing your food, or negotiate a pay raise with your boss. If you’re like me, you like words … Continue reading Subtlety = Sub-Till-Tea

Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip

Smile! Or laugh! Research has shown that facial muscle activity can affect you psychologically. That means that even fake smiles and forced laughter can help alleviate your mood and reduce stress. The act of smiling releases neuropeptides that reduce stress hormones in the brain. Smiling also activates other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and dopamine to be released, relaxing your body, decreasing your heart rate and … Continue reading Daily Tidbit: Mental Health Tip