Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship 2018

$1000 Scholarship Rewarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate both a commitment to leadership/community involvement and financial need. Janet Brown and Her Legacy Janet Brown was the founding director of the Writing Success Program (WSP) and a valuable member of the Community Programs Office (CPO).  A well-read, unapologetically quirky, politically astute, and compassionate person, Janet was a mentor to students and staff alike.  Janet’s questions, guidance, … Continue reading Janet Brown Memorial Scholarship 2018

SRC Spotlight: RAIN!

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting RAIN!. -What services does your project offer? RAIN! peer counseling provides students with support, tools, and resources … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: RAIN!

SRC Spotlight: ASP

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting ASP. What services does your project offer? ASP offers one-on-one peer counseling sessions, a 2-unit internship course, … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: ASP

SRC Spotlight: SPEAR

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting SPEAR. . What services does your project offer? Our project seeks to address retention issues through 1-on-1 peer … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: SPEAR

SRC Spotlight: SEA CLEAR

  In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting SEA CLEAR. What services does your project offer? SEA CLEAR has 5 components to provide a … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: SEA CLEAR

SRC Spotlight: The Math Success Program

In honor of Academic Success Week, the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) along with the Writing Success Program (WSP) are highlighting a different Student Retention Center (SRC) project every day of the week. An opportunity to preview and look at the retention work they provide. Today we are highlighting the Math Success Program.   -What services does your project offer? We offer free services that focus … Continue reading SRC Spotlight: The Math Success Program

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

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”);

Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

If you’re an undergraduate student at UCLA looking to get into research, it can feel overwhelming to try and navigate the hundreds of opportunities this research university has to offer. How can you be sure that you won’t be stuck in a basement for hours entering numbers into an Excel sheet? That you’ll receive proper mentorship and guidance? Once you know what you’re applying for, … Continue reading Navigating Undergraduate Research Opportunities at UCLA

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?

The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

  One of the most famous poets of all time, Robert Frost, once said that, “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” To me, this rings true because poetry has long been used as a form of self-expression and storytelling for people, dating back to the Epic of Gilgamesh in the third millennium BCE. For much of … Continue reading The Voice of Our Generation: Spoken Word Poetry

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