[FITTED] EATS

Fitness Improvement Training through Exercise and Diet or [FITTED]  is a student- initiated, student-run program in the Community Programs Office that provides a holistic approach to health, and offers free fitness and free education services. I interviewed Eve Lahijani who is the registered dietitian for [FITTED] Eats to find out more about this free service. What is the history of [FITTED] EATS? Eve: [FITTED] EATS used to … Continue reading [FITTED] EATS

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

Subjecting Yourself to Subjunctive Mood

In the eleventh grade, I took AP English Language and Composition with Miss Voss. She was one of the coolest high school teachers at Silver Creek High School, if not the entire district, city, state, or country. She often started the class with a small grammar lesson, a component of the English language that high school curriculums often neglect. For example, we’d learn about things … Continue reading Subjecting Yourself to Subjunctive Mood

Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

“Can’t stay long, Mother,” he said. “I’m up front, the prefects have got two compartments to themselves-“ “Oh, are you a prefect, Percy?” said one of the twins, with an air of great surprise. “You should have said something, we had no idea.” “Hang on, I think I remember him saying something about it,” said the other twin. “Once-“ “Or twice-“ “A minute-“ “All summer-“ … Continue reading Prompt 12: Write in all dialogue

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

Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

Ever since coming to UCLA, I can never find the time between my academics, work, extracurriculars, family, relationships, or social life to just read books for the sake of reading. Anything I do read during the quarter is often assigned through my classes and they’re often terribly boring and dry. These past few years at UCLA, I’ve wistfully day dreamt of reading something like Harry … Continue reading Michel Foucault’s “The History of Sexuality”

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

Prompt 11: Spring Cleaning

Spring is upon us! March 20th was the first day of spring this year; the start of regrowth and rebirth, of life and everything that adds to life. It is also a period of time where you’ll most likely hear the phrase, “I have to do some spring cleaning!” What would you like to do spring cleaning on, whether it’s figurative, literal, imaginative, or anything in … Continue reading Prompt 11: Spring Cleaning

Living With Your Sister In College

“You’re living with your sister?” I don’t know how many people choose to live with their siblings, especially in college. However, when I mentioned this to people they were surprised. Some even said, “Are you sure you want to do that?” My sisters and I have shared a room for years. I only questioned it once and then laughed because I thought it was silly … Continue reading Living With Your Sister In College

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?

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

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

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

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