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

What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

UCLA is bringing on the heat this summer. The Bruin campus has been abuzz with activity lately with two professional soccer teams practicing, Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Sports Awards, freshman orientation sessions, a plethora of summer camps, and even an unfounded bomb threat. With so much going on, campus security has stepped it up a notch, leaving some students frustrated with the disturbances. UCLA has blocked … Continue reading What’s Happening at UCLA this Summer?

Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler

Summertime brings to mind three things: high temperatures, Hollywood-style sexual tension, and good, old-fashioned mystery. The High Window by Raymond Chandler delivers it all on a silver ash tray — with colorful characters, a hard-boiled detective, clandestine crime, and witticisms to delight your debonair heart. It’s a classic murder mystery novel, and I can’t believe I only now found out about Chandler considering how much he … Continue reading Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction Writer: Raymond Chandler


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

Why I am indebted to BruinView

“This is too good to be true.” When I read the job description for WSP’s “Writing and Creativity Counselor” on BruinView, that was my first thought: this is too good to be true. I’d get to help people develop confidence in their writing and writing abilities? AND get paid for it? I didn’t believe it – I never imagined that a job like that could … Continue reading Why I am indebted to BruinView

The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Crazy to imagine that two years ago, my former boss Dennis Santiago, office manager and internship director, was trying to convince me to apply to WSP. I felt very doubtful because I really did not know much about academic writing. I was a creative writer but even then I had a hard time claiming that title. Fortunately I received the job and joined the team … Continue reading The Writing SUCCESS Program and How It Prepares Your Future

Introduction to Introductions

Writing the introduction paragraph is always my favorite part of any essay. A good introduction sets the tone and structure of the entire paper. Writing a strong, solid introduction sets your paper up for success. Different styles of papers (i.e., analysis, narrative, research) call for different kinds of introductions. In general, the “funnel” introduction is the most common for papers involving literary analysis. As the … Continue reading Introduction to Introductions

“Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s song “Despacito” featuring Justin Bieber is the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 these past four weeks. The original song was already in the top Latin charts, however this version didn’t include Bieber. The first version of the song features Daddy Yankee and the entire song is sung in Spanish, while the second one does include Bieber who brings … Continue reading “Despacito… blah, blah, blah”

Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

Here’s a problem that has plagued literature lovers through the years: you like reading, but books are expensive. How do you satisfy your bibliophilia if you don’t have money? While the library used to be the go-to place for penny-pinching readers in the past, the Internet is the modern poor reader’s lifeblood. From blogs to poetry to short stories to full-length novels, the Internet makes … Continue reading Humor Online: McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Though it may not come as a shocker to many, I am an English major. What this means is that my classes often involve me reading hundreds of pages of texts each quarter, arguing in class about whether the color blue in a poem represents sadness or the sky, and writing papers about how the characters in “Miss Ogilvy Finds Herself” and “Albert Nobbs” are … Continue reading The Poetic Fallacy: On Why Anyone Can Write Poetry

Graduation Deadline

One of my closest friends from high school and community college shared the following link on Facebook titled “ An Open Letter To Those Not Graduating On Time” which made me think about my time at Santa Monica College and at UCLA. The article touches on the idea that taking longer to graduate is something that should not discourage an individual because graduating from college … Continue reading Graduation Deadline

Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Wealth. Fame. Beauty. Social status. We have a profound obsession with affluence in America — and it’s spreading. In Generation Wealth, internationally-acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield has documented the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture, and social status over the past 25 years through 195 prints, 42 interviews, and accompanying multimedia projections and short films. Located at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the exhibit is … Continue reading Art Exhibit: “Generation Wealth” at the Annerberg Space for Photography

Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Pearl milk tea, or 珍珠奶茶 (zhen’zhu nai cha), is the staple, most iconic dessert drink of the Bay and Taiwan. Often abbreviated in English to PMT, the delicious concoction is never referred to as ZZNC in Chinese. Rather, its name is shortened from four characters to two: 珍奶 (zhen nai). So what are the differences in abbreviating English words versus Chinese words? In English, phrases … Continue reading Abbreviations and Milk Tea: Differences in Chinese and English

Prompt 17: Materialism

When you explore the concept of materialism, money, and wealth, one may start to wonder what it is in life that makes them feel truly happy. If money didn’t matter and people valued less on consumerism and more on intangible items, what would be the first thing you would do?   Weekend Writing Warrior rules: You have until the next prompt is posted the following … Continue reading Prompt 17: Materialism

Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?

Okay, let’s just dive right into a difficult topic: race. Disclaimer: it’s going to be messy, since I’m not used to talking about race, but I feel it has to be done. I have always been confused about the term “people of color” (PoC) and my relationship to that category. As a Korean, am I included when people talk about “people of color”? While various … Continue reading Are Asians Included in the Term “People of Color”?