Should Oprah Be the Next President?

While normally I would not give coverage of the Golden Globes a second glance, I—like many people around the world—came to a sudden halt when I encountered tweets like “Oprah for president? She’s got my vote” and “Oprah/Michelle 2020” courtesy of Lady Gaga and Sarah Silverman, respectively. I wondered what could have possibly happened at Golden Globes to cause tweets like this. On Sunday evening, … Continue reading Should Oprah Be the Next President?

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

The Perfect Resume Bullet Point

Writing a resume is actually more fun than most people make it out to be. You basically just talk about yourself. Professionally, of course. The bulk of your resume should highlight your past work or volunteering experience. But how do you make your seemingly drab job sound more exciting and impressive to your prospective boss? Let’s say you work a part-time job at the on-campus … Continue reading The Perfect Resume Bullet Point

How to Start Writing Again

Writing is liberating. Writing is empowering. Writing requires vulnerability. How many of us have struggled with writing at one point or another? How many of us have felt guilt or shame for not being able to sit down and start typing those words and thoughts circulating in our minds? What are some things we can do to start writing again?    For when you are … Continue reading How to Start Writing Again

Daily Tibit: Otters Holding Hands

If you love otters, here’s one more reason to love them: They actually hold hands while they’re sleeping so they don’t drift apart. Pups, baby otters, who are too small to hold hands will ride on their mom. Some moms will wrap their pups in seaweed to keep them from floating away.  These devoted animals were once hunted nearly to extinction. To keep the herd … Continue reading Daily Tibit: Otters Holding Hands

From Trilingual to Monolingual: Losing My Chinese Dialects and Learning English

As the newest ESL/ELL Peer Counselor, I thought it would be fitting to talk about my experience with the English language. English is not my first language. It’s also not my second language. I grew up listening and speaking an amalgamation of three different Chinese dialects: Mandarin, Cantonese, and Fujianese. Most children played with dolls and teddy bears; I spent the first four-and-a-half years of … Continue reading From Trilingual to Monolingual: Losing My Chinese Dialects and Learning English

A Letter to my Future Self: Goals and Reminders for the Next Five Years

Dear Estrella, As you embark on your late twenties, I hope that you will have accomplished a lot, and I hope that you are happy and healthy. I hope that you do not lose track of what is important to you and that you are able to do the work that is meaningful to you and your contribution to this world. I hope that by … Continue reading A Letter to my Future Self: Goals and Reminders for the Next Five Years

Who is the Poet Laureate?

Poet Laureate is a term that may be quite familiar to English majors and literature enthusiasts, but it isn’t one most people outside of this field are familiar with. I’ve always been curious about this position; all I knew about it was that they were state-appointed poets whose duty was to write poetry about events and celebrations for their respective country. I had previously read … Continue reading Who is the Poet Laureate?

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

System.out.println(“There is No Free Lunch”);

What am I grateful for in my life right now? What about that makes me committed? How does that make me feel? My high school computer science teacher loved telling us, “There is no such thing as free lunch.” It didn’t make a lot of sense to me at first, especially when I literally walked into his class with free food after coming from a … Continue reading System.out.println(“There is No Free Lunch”);

Warmer Waters

Who are my most inspiring role models? Do I apply their lessons daily? When I was growing up in San Jose, my school district held an annual speech contest. Everyone at school could participate starting from the fourth grade and teachers often made the contest a homework assignment. It was considered a pretty big deal by students, teachers, and administrative staff since the best speeches … Continue reading Warmer Waters

Prioritizing My Way to Happiness

What am I happy about in my life right now? What about that makes me happy? How does it make me feel? Currently, I am happy about my general mood and my ability to multitask better than I was able to a year ago. I definitely feel like I have obtained a positive perspective and general outlook on life. I attribute all of this growth … Continue reading Prioritizing My Way to Happiness

Self-Reflection and Self Improvement

What is the one thing I could stop doing, or start doing, or do differently, starting today, that would improve the quality of my life? There’s nothing I love more than self-improvement. I spend countless hours watching people on Youtube describe their organizational systems, their note taking methods, their hacks for budgeting, you name it. I start each quarter with an enthusiastic desire to better … Continue reading Self-Reflection and Self Improvement