“kill! kill! kill!”

Around this time last year, I was going through the worst heartbreak of my life. I was in a one-sided relationship with someone I never should have developed feelings for. “It’s just sex,” he warned. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t listen. I fell for him and my feelings were not reciprocated. After this, he moved up north and the unhealthy one-sided relationship continued for months, but now … Continue reading “kill! kill! kill!”

WSP is Hiring for 2017-2018

Be a part of the longest running writing support service on the UCLA campus! If you’re interested in writing, education, leadership, and community building, join the WSP team! We help students develop their voice and become more confident with their academic, personal/creative, and professional writing. We also help our staff become great leaders through working with diverse communities. As a team, the WSP staff works to … Continue reading WSP is Hiring for 2017-2018

#SummerReadingChallenge

It’s summer! And whether you’re vacationing at the beach, interning at a company, or just chillaxing at home, summer’s the best time for some good, fun reading. If you don’t know where to start, take part in the #SummerReadingChallenge and try some of WSP’s suggested summer reading. We’ll recommend a new title every week, so you’ll have plenty to look forward to. We wish you … Continue reading #SummerReadingChallenge

Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or medical school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before summer begins. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday from 11AM to 5PM, Tuesday from 12PM to … Continue reading Spring 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship 2017

$1000 Scholarship Rewarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate both a commitment to leadership/community involvement and financial need. Janet Brown and Her Legacy Janet Brown was the founding director of the Writing Success Program (WSP) and a valuable member of the Community Programs Office (CPO).  A well-read, unapologetically quirky, politically astute, and compassionate person, Janet was a mentor to students and staff alike.  Janet’s questions, guidance, … Continue reading Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship 2017

Grammar: Verb Tenses

Verbs can be simple to understand sometimes. Verbs are action words. What complicates the understanding of verbs are the tenses. Understanding when to use which tense and in which situations is what makes it complex. Down below are some general rules that can be helpful in understanding the tenses and when to use them. Simple Present (Basic Form or S- form): Shows general facts, constant … Continue reading Grammar: Verb Tenses

On Writing: Reading as a Part of the Writing Process

The more I write and prepare for class papers, the more I realize how integral reading and re-reading are to the writing process. Usually, I think of the writing process as this: 1. Brainstorm 2. Outline 3. Draft 4. Revise If I do factor in reading I tend to consider it a “pre-writing process” step. While this is a very traditional way of thinking of … Continue reading On Writing: Reading as a Part of the Writing Process

International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

I tend to gravitate to stories about immigration or stories about people in different countries outside of the United States. After reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (which I absolutely loved), I needed to pick up another of her books. I found The Thing Around Your Neck at a local library. A collection of short stories that ties characters to Nigeria and the U.S. The first … Continue reading International Reads: The Thing Around Your Neck

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Writing Success Program (WSP) Drop-In Hours – Spring 2017 NOTE: Drop-ins are intended for shorter questions and run from 15 to 30 minutes. To schedule a longer session with a counselor please visit: wspucla.setmore.com View our hours below. We look forward to seeing you soon! WSP Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours Monday – Thursday: 3 PM – 5 PM Friday: No Drop-Ins Saturday – Sunday: Closed Continue reading Spring 2017 Drop-In Hours

Winter 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Do you need a little help brushing up your final paper? Would you like some feedback on your job or graduate school applications? Come to WSP! We are offering drop-in hours during finals week for any last-minute questions. This is your last chance to see a writing counselor before the start of winter break. Please look below for more information on our finals week drop-in times: Monday and Tuesday from 11AM to … Continue reading Winter 2017 Finals Week Drop-In Hours

Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

The Writing Success Program will be hosting their first ESL/ELL workshop this Thursday (March 16) from 6-8 pm in collaboration with Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars. We will be addressing issues of grammar that many ESL/ELL students struggle with such as verb tenses (one of the many things we’ll cover). We want to ensure that students feel confident in understanding grammar and being … Continue reading Error Free: The Mechanics of Grammar Workshop

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

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