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I loved my time at UCLA as an undergraduate - I grew a lot as a person from being able to interact with a diverse set of students, take advantage of on-campus opportunities and challenge myself with a difficult major and a heavy courseload. I majored in Physiological science and minored in English - getting the best of both North and South campuses. Ultimately, after graduating, I realized that my intended career path into medicine was not for me but taking the science classes at UCLA I believe was still worth it. I learned a lot and I think it differentiates me from the rest in my intended career path now - into publishing.
UCLA is a renowned university that caters to all walks of life. With over 125 undergraduate majors in six different academic divisions, students can explore various subjects to find what they are most passionate about. The presence of a quarter system enables students to maximize the number of classes they may take in an academic year to either complete their degree in a timelier fashion or explore additional courses that may peak their interest. The comradery amongst classmates and colleagues fosters a sense of teamwork and support amongst students, ensuring the academic excellence of the students. In addition to the diverse academic course offerings, UCLA is an inclusive university that respects and takes pride in its diverse student and faculty population. The Student Activities Centers offers services that cater to transfer students, non-traditional students, members of the LGBTQ community, war veterans and much more. This institution also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities that enable students to develop and discover their passions outside of school. With over 800 clubs, students are bound to find one that suits their interest. Moreover, students also have the opportunity to collaborate with one another as well as faculty members to create new clubs.
UCLA was a spectacular place to pursue my studies. I do wish they offered more specialized degrees as I am pursuing a masters degree in occupational therapy and needed to take a few classes after I graduated in order to be able to apply for the program. In that aspect, I was not prepared since my degree was in linguistics and psychology. Regardless, I would not change my place of study!
UCLA is an amazing school, full of opportunities, recourse, research, student run clubs, passionate professors, and school spirit. Due to its large class, you will meet all kinds of people and learn about many cultures. There are multiple libraries and study spots students can go to for studying. UCLA offers tutoring services and professors/TAs offer office hours.
Enrollment for specific classes, especially the classes I required for my major, graduate school, or were simply aligned with my interests, was deeply irritating and unfair. However, my college experience, due to the people and environment, was unforgettable.
I had an amazing experience as an undergraduate at UCLA. Every job that I have had since graduating has been through UCLA. I am currently waiting to hear back from UCLA's MSW program and I would be delighted to go back to UCLA to further my education!
The rigor and quality of courses at UCLA was overall satisfactory. I always felt challenged and, for the most part, it didn't feel like I was learning useless facts. However, I think the Physiology department (now Integrative Biology and Physiology) should be reworked. Rather than move toward minimizing math requirements for the major, I think math should be more heavily integrated into the program. To think that majoring in a science discipline shouldn't require an understanding of math is naive. Mathematical modeling and statistical analysis are powerful tools for understanding physiological processes. My one other qualm with UCLA was the speed of the quarter system. I got very good at memorizing things, especially later in the quarter when the quantity of information increases exponentially, but with that came the ability to quickly forget tested material in order to make room for the next set of information. Aside from these two things, though, I really enjoyed UCLA. The campus and surrounding area is beautiful, the professors are extremely intelligent, the students are tolerant and level-headed, and there is ample opportunity to get involve in research as an undergraduate. I feel like this program prepared me for my current educational environment as a graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Biomedical Engineering.
UCLA is an amazing place to learn and grow; however, given how large the school is, you have to find the opportunities yourself. In most lower-division classes, you are one of hundreds of students and have to fight to get a moment with the professor, and often it is a hit-or-miss with the quality of either the professor or the TA. With hundreds of extracurricular, you will undoubtedly find your niche and develop valuable life skills in the process. With this and any large university, you have the obligation as a student to be proactive. For me, UCLA taught me to be independent, advocating for myself, and also humble, seeking help when I needed it.
After transferring from community college I was very confused as what I wanted to do with my life. However, that all changed once I discovered the Chicano/a Studies Department at UCLA. It was a life changing experience that provided meaning to my education. Not only I found my self at home in this department, but I felt my presence actually mattered in the University. The curriculum was one I could truly relate to, in which the history of my people was a key component in my education and where "studying" was no longer a chore but it became my passion; to submerge myself in this new found knowledge. The professors, as well as the counselors, took a personal interest in his or her students, to help them find their own voice and opinion; while at the same time challenging preconceived opinions and stereotypes. And even though the curriculum was very difficult and demanding, in the end, it was worth the long hours of studying and the lack of sleep. Switching majors, from Anthropology to Chicano/a Studies, was the best decision I took!
The diverse student body and faculty, advanced research facilities, and standard of achievement are truly the cornerstones of the academic ethics of UCLA. The school's promotion of collective unity and embracement of diversity made me feel comfortable in an environment where my differences were accepted. The faculty and academic support was consistent with professors and aides clearly stating office hours and devoting significant effort into each student's success. The academic and social environment stimulated a mutually inspiring environment in which I was able to contribute to the academic integrity of UCLA.