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

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

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 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

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

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

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

U.S. Classroom Culture

U.S. classroom culture could be difficult to get used to. There may be some differences between the classroom settings and expectations compared to many other countries. One of the common expectations is student participation. Being able to discuss and critically think with other students and the professor is essential. The dynamic in where the teacher teaches the student and the students just listens has expanded. … Continue reading U.S. Classroom Culture

The Resurgence of Vogue Dance

It isn’t a surprise that UCLA has a strong and thriving dance community when the school boasts a student body of over 40,000 students. Groups like ACA Hip Hop exist for competitive dancers and organizations like Foundations Choreography exist for complete beginners. The abundance of hip hop and contemporary dance groups at UCLA allows for anyone to get into the art form. Though hip hop … Continue reading The Resurgence of Vogue Dance

Opening Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party

Promptly at 12:30pm last Wednesday, Ali Subotnick, curator, led an open discussion about artist Nicolas Party – the man responsible for the art on display in the Hammer Museum’s newest exhibit, which was set to open that morning. The conversation lasted only 15 minutes, but it sparked further discussion on  modern art and design, and the limits of conventional artistic methods – limits which Party … Continue reading Opening Hammer Projects: Nicolas Party

Would they still be able to retire like Don Fidencio?

As I walked down the street from Ralph’s with one hand carrying a milk gallon and the other carrying a bag with tostadas, I couldn’t help but to notice streets vendors working out in the sun. I saw the fruit man who looks like he can be my father’s age cutting up fruit. I always get happy when I see the cart almost empty, but … Continue reading Would they still be able to retire like Don Fidencio?

WSP is Back and Running for the Year

Hello dear readers and Bruins! We have great news! The Writing Success Program is back and running for the 2016-2017 academic year, with a new lineup of Writing & Creativity Counselors eager to see students. Students can start booking appointments today on our Setmore page. If you have never used our services before, we offer 1-hour-long 1-on-1 writing counseling sessions and 15-30 minute drop-ins during specified hours. … Continue reading WSP is Back and Running for the Year

Building a Career in Digital Media: An Interview with’s Angelica Lai

Blogging, social media marketing, online streaming–we live in the age of digital media. By now, it seems to be a fact of life. We’re more likely to discover breaking news on Facebook than in the newspaper. Likewise, many of us follow fashion blogs instead of subscribing to Vogue and stream movies online instead of visiting the cinema. While many critics condemn the ever-growing prevalence of … Continue reading Building a Career in Digital Media: An Interview with’s Angelica Lai

How to Handle Criticism in Writing

C-R-I-T-I-C-I-S-M The very word is a frightful thing to look at. For many people, experiencing criticism brings out those gut-wrenching, anxious, and often times discouraging feelings that make you wonder why you even wrote your story, poem, essay, etc. in the first place, especially when it’s a work you feel particularly passionate about.  It’s your precious – how dare someone criticize it?! Yet, it’s something … Continue reading How to Handle Criticism in Writing