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I transferred from UC Santa Barbara to UC Los Angeles to complete my undergraduate in Architectural Studies. At the time, the architecture program was relatively new, and the curriculum was undergoing changes. My time at UC Los Angeles remains influential in my professional and academic year today. As an undergraduate the education quality that UC Los Angeles provided adequately prepared me for my current career at UC Berkeley. The richness of the courses available, in tandem with the faculty at the time, was a great balance between challenging its students and fostering a healthy learning environment. Furthermore, I appreciated the effort taken to showcase student work and engage the local community that came out of Perloff Hall. Nonetheless, as a student because of the prestige of the school, the expenses are high in addition to costs of supplies and model making. Logistically, the class was fairly sized during my academic career here, and instructors did a great job of connecting and integrating with students. However, because of the nature of studio and set course schedules, life outside of Perloff Hall is difficult to maintain. Nonetheless, I would say that fostering a healthy and good relationship with your cohort is key. These can become your lifelong friends so enjoy the journey!
UCLA has a diverse community of students that definitely made me a better human being and student. I interacted with people from all over the world, and participated in very interesting classes. Most professors are knowledgeable and friendly, but the one problem UCLA has is that most professors in the science fields are there for research and not for teaching. That means some are very bad at teaching and their TAs end up doing most of the work. Also, as a pre-med student, there are no counselors to help you find your path to medical school. There is no pre-med or pre-health committee, and you are absolutely on your own, which can be overwhelming. If you happen to already have a mentor that can guide you through the medical school process, then UCLA will be a great school. If you don't, you should find one so that you're not completely lost when it comes time to apply to medical school. As for the facilities, UCLA is a gorgeous school that has everything and anything you might need. The gym is greatly equipped and available to students almost all day long. There are free psychological services if you require that. There are thousands of student groups, so you can find people with your same interests no matter what those might be. There are D1 sports and intramural sports for you to participate in. There are millions of quiet study places, both indoors and outdoors. The library is also fantastic! You can study, sleep, rent books, computers and print documents. Overall, I am extremely happy with my experience at UCLA and I would encourage everyone to become a Bruin!
Have you ever wanted to feel like your life was a movie? Well at UCLA you can! Dozens of movies and television shows have been filmed at the school. And for good reason -- the picturesque campus is filled with stately Italian Romanesque-style buildings, stretching green lawns, a total of six swimming pools, and a year-round sunny climate. Aesthetics aside, UCLA is really known for its academics and diverse student body, with high-achieving undergraduates and graduates from all over California and the rest of the world. Boasting top medical, law, business, and architecture schools, as well as a myriad of innovative STEM programs, UCLA attracts outstanding professors, including nobel-prize winners, MacArthur Genius fellows, and world-class teachers like author Jared Diamond and even actor James Franco. UCLA also has a distinguished athletics program, consistently ranking first or second nationally for most NCAA titles and has won more olympic medals than most countries. The campus, which is nestled in cosy Westwood, is in the heart of a thriving and progressive metropolis bustling with arts, culture, delicious food, and an amazing coastline. Artsy folks can visit the Hammer museum on campus, stroll the sculpture garden, or visit the sprawling world-renowned Getty museum a few miles away (its free!). Hike or rock-climb in the canyons of Malibu, head down to the beach for a sunset surf, or stroll the promenade in Santa Monica for entertainment and tasty dining. If you attend UCLA, the opportunities as a student -- and in your future -- are never-ending!
If you're looking for a big university with many resources, a wide variety of general education courses, strong connections to the professional community, and scholarship support, then UCLA fulfills that criteria well! UCLA is a school suited for a student who doesn't require constant one-on-one guidance and attention, but is able to seek the right mentors and find opportunities for themselves. UCLA's Ethnomusicology department is unique in that it has the Ethnomusicology Archives and has many leading researchers and educators giving lectures to the students. The Ethnomusicology degree is research heavy.
Beyond being one of the best schools in the nation, UCLA really felt like a home away from home. The academics are superb and I get to learn in an environment with other individuals who are seeking to thrive. Also, Los Angeles is a wonderful location to learn because you get all the excitement and distraction of city life without feeling cramped.
Amazing faculty and professors. They really guide and challenge on your educational career. There are many opportunities for students to engage in research and volunteer work on and off campus. Faculty at the school are excellent and very helpful in your courses across the campus and across the discipline. It would be helpful if they had more accessible career and graduate options and events for students on campus.
UCLA is an incredibly prestigious university and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to attend. When I first got to UCLA, I didn't know how I would keep up with the rigorous academic standards. I felt overwhelmed. It took a while of overwhelmed stress until I understood what worked for me and how I could succeed in my studies. It took me a long time to understand how to navigate the social and physical landscape of UCLA, how to effectively take notes and study, and how to take care of myself. The concepts I learned in Psychology and in Education Studies were so incredibly interesting and I learned the words and terms to articulate things I had always known but never quite understood -- as well as concepts that I had just learned. I learned how to read research papers and how to conduct research myself. I feel like I have learned so much and I can't wait to continue that learning. Not only has UCLA challenged me academically, my four undergraduate years have been full of professional and personal growth. Throughout my life, I battled with an internalized racism and homophobia, but because of the resources available to me, I have developed a grounded sense of self. I believe this was only possible at a place like UCLA. Of course, there have been extreme challenges and obstacles thrown in my way, but I learned effective and healthy ways to deal with them. I have an ingrained Bruin Pride that fueled my desire to continue my journey at UCLA; I feel academically prepared to continue with my Master in Social Welfare here.
UCLA is a wonderful school with a lot of opportunity. If you love to read and learn history through someone else's eyes I highly recommend an English degree. Not only is it versatile for future career options but the professors on campus help you understand how and why the writers say things the way they do. I am very proud of my UCLA degree and I feel anyone else who attends will feel the same
UCLA has the best location, climate and culture to bring wonderful opportunities to its students. I did not start to appreciate the opportunities to connect on campus until I took the class suggested for freshman students called Educ 92F. It was actually a class on how to be in college. As a freshman I was too arrogant to think I would ever need to take a class on how to be in college. I sure regret it once I compared my first two years and my last two years at the school after finally taking the class. The last two years I was able to contribute so much more. The stars all seemed to align my junior and senior years. I managed to get a job, lose 50 pounds to a healthy weight, raise my GPA, and organize countless non-profit theater events, a personal passion of mine. UCLA provides opportunities for everyone without feeling like you are in the city and yet is five minutes away from the city. It is also a short distance away from the beach and the mountains. And of course who could not enjoy the nice Southern California weather! The campus has something for every taste yet sustains an unshakable sense of social well-being and community. I wholeheartedly recommend UCLA to any high school senior contemplating being a Bruin. And please don't make the same mistake I did! Take the course of how to be in college. It will change your life!
UCLA is known for its research. It has a lot to offer, but you better be prepared to do the work and figure out how to stand out from your peers. It's very competitive, but if you're smart you'll be able to take advantage of their resources. Professors care more about their research than your education. So be mindful of the large classroom sizes and the lack of attention you'll receive. You have to really put in the effort to build relationships with many of the staff. It is possible, just be weary. My biggest advice is to really try to get as involved as possible in some form of internship or part-time job. You'll get a head start from the rest of your classmates, and you'll begin the networking process early for career-building. The university climate is changing. It isn't enough to just go to a big school like UCLA. You have to think differently. The way you do that is by networking. Going to a big school does have its advantages because it has more resources for you to take advantage of. Take advantage of them! The majority of college graduates don't end up using their degree. It's pretty typical at UCLA for this to occur. I personally believe that this is because the universities in general haven't provided enough support to network within your field while a student. Play things right and you'll be ahead of everyone by the time you graduate. I learned my lesson a little too late. UCLA is a phenomenal school, but you will be left on your own if you don't seek out your needs.