Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

For many people, spring invokes images of blooming flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and beautiful weather. However, for UCLA students, the spring excites and enthralls those who love live music and discovering new talent. For us, this final quarter of the school years marks the coming of Spring Sing, the school’s annual music competition. Spring Sing finds its inception way back in 1945 when the event … Continue reading Spring Sing: A UCLA Tradition

A Cello for Your Thoughts

Writing doesn’t come easily to me. Thinking about writing is a piece of pie, but when it comes to sitting down in front of the computer and trying to hash out my thoughts, I have a hard time. I get distracted first, and then I have trouble staying focus, and then I lose my direction and drive. My writing gets interrupted time and time again by sporadic thoughts, passing … Continue reading A Cello for Your Thoughts

Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Telling the difference between ESL and ELL could be difficult for some people. ESL was most commonly used in the past (especially when I was growing up), and ELL has become the term to use in recent times. ESL is the acronym for English as a Second Language. This was what I commonly knew as I was placed in ESL classes during my first three … Continue reading Identifying with ESL or ELL: Knowing the Difference

Prompt 10: Childhood Memory

It might be an easy task to do or not. Let’s take it back to our childhood, in particular a room or a place where you had a good or bad experience. Describe the room or place and reflect on why this moment from your childhood is vivid. You have until the next prompt is posted the following week to write your response. You may submit your writing by: Posting … Continue reading Prompt 10: Childhood Memory

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

Daily Word: Tautology

Define This: Tautology Defining something as itself or using a word twice in a sentence with the aim of providing deeper meaning yet failing to do so. For example, the following sentences would serve as an example of tautology. “Tautology means tautology. Simplicity is when something is simple. She was good because she was goodly.” Use it in a Sentence Prominent satirical authors use tautology as … Continue reading Daily Word: Tautology

What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

Staying Fit From Week 1 On this glorious return to UCLA (I’m sure many of us would have loved if Spring Break was just a tiny bit longer) many of us are trying to start off with a clean slate. We haven’t yet fallen behind on our readings (hopefully) or lost all hope of finishing the quarter with a perfect GPA. We are squeaky clean … Continue reading What’s Happening: Staying Fit From Week 1

Daily Tidbit – Quote of the Day

“If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures. Sweep streets like Handel and Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” — Martin Luther … Continue reading Daily Tidbit – Quote of the Day

Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

I stumbled upon Unsplendid Magazine on accident, actually. I was looking through a list of online literary journals and saw Unsplendid on the list. Intrigued by the title, I Googled the name, found their website, and was greeted with the front cover of their latest issue. Its description: “an online journal of poetry in received and nonce forms.” I clicked on an issue and began to … Continue reading Unsplendid Magazine – a tribute to the traditional

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

How Do You Approach Getting Out of Writer’s Block?

We’ve all heard of the dreaded writer’s block: the figurative cement wall that blocks our ability to surround ourselves with creative and thoughtful ideas. And like a cement wall, it feels impossible to break through it when we see our mind as something much weaker than it. We groan, we curse, we become frustrated. “Why me?” Is the first question that comes to mind when … Continue reading How Do You Approach Getting Out of Writer’s Block?

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

Bach Underground

Johann Sebastian Bach is coming back to life this weekend. From March 18th-21st, musicians will be performing at public train stations across the globe to share the under-appreciated beauty of classical music with the public. Every year for Johann Sebastian Bach’s birthday on March 21st, a community of musicians unite to share and express the beauty of classical music by performing in public train stations. … Continue reading Bach Underground

“A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”

Gabriel García Márquez’s, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” is a short story about a man named Pelayo and his wife Elisenda who profit off of an old man with enormous wings that Pelayo finds in his backyard. Throughout the story, Pelayo and his wife allow visitors to come and see the old man who resides in their house. They ask the wise neighbor … Continue reading “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”