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5 Clubs You Should Apply to Right Now

There are many amazing student clubs and organizations at UCLA, but how can you tell which one is right for you? We rounded up a few of the clubs that are currently recruiting and asked some of their members what they think makes them special. Hopefully this will make your decision easier.

1. Project Literacy

Photo courtesy of Allie Hovsepian
Photo courtesy of Allie Hovsepian

Looking for a place to volunteer? Consider applying to tutor and improve literacy rates in the L.A. area with ProLit.

“I got involved with Project Literacy because I wanted something to do and … I love kids,” said Allie Hovsepian, a third-year political science and philosophy student. “I continued tutoring with Project Literacy because there’s nothing more fulfilling to my soul my mom’s chicken soup is a close second though. … I often work with one of our more difficult learners, who is labeled as so, not because he is mean or rude but because he just cannot focus. … My go-to with him is a push-up contest to burn energy which let me tell you, he wins every time. Though many days are not successful, the days I can get him to sit down with a book of his choice mean a lot to me. But what means even more to me are the days he lets me read with him because I get to read out loud to him and have him also read out loud to me. He reads far below his reading level and I know this is why he refuses to sit down at site because frankly it is embarrassing, regardless of what age, to feel illiterate. Literacy is so fundamental to success of many kinds and is something that is tangible to equip all people with and I’m blessed to be a resource that is trying to make this happen.”

Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in Ackerman 3516

Application deadline: Sunday, Jan. 25

For more information: Project Literacy at UCLA

2. Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem counselors fundraise during the school year for kids whose parents are affected by cancer to go to camp for free. There are two weeklong sessions during the summer, which incorporate both the fun aspects of any summer camp and the resources and support that the children, aged 6 to 16, need.

“We have the ‘empowerment ceremony’ where kids can share their story and talk about how Kesem helped them,” said Michael Ruder, a fourth-year cognitive science student and co-director of Camp Kesem. “One kid had recently lost his mother to breast cancer. He was probably 10 years old and said, ‘Kesem is the silver lining on the dark cloud that is cancer.’ The kids are very thoughtful and very special, which is why our counselors keep coming back.”

Info session: Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Geology 4660

Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 16

For more information: Camp Kesem at UCLA

3. The New Student & Transition Programs

If you want to stay at UCLA during the summer, being part of the orientation staff could be the job for you. You can be a part of Team Blue, working in the administrative side of “o-staff,” or Team Gold, advising new students directly.

Being a part of orientation staff is definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve encountered at UCLA,” said Yosan Kubrom, a third-year psychobiology student who was part of the 2014 program. “Not only do you develop your leadership skills and strengthen your ties to this campus, but you get to do it alongside some of the most amazing people … For the entire summer. We have a motto that says ‘Work and play mean the same thing here,’ and it’s 100 percent accurate, I’ve never had so much fun while getting paid at the same time.”

Info sessions: Wednesday, Jan. 14 at noon in Ackerman 2408
                           Thursday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons 230

Application deadline: Friday, Jan. 23

For more information: UCLA New Student & Transition Programs site

4. Bruin Woods

Photo courtesy of Kevin Patterson
Photo courtesy of Kevin Patterson

Bruin Woods is a family summer resort at Lake Arrowhead. As a counselor, you work (i.e. play) with the kids during the day and they go back to their parents at night. You get paid and have your room and board included for up to 12 weeks.

Bruin Woods is a summer experience like no other,” says Kevin Patterson, a third-year English student who worked at Bruin Woods last summer. “You get to interact with Bruins of all generations and there’s no other place that would make you more proud to be a UCLA student. … The things you do at Bruin Woods can hardly be considered ‘work’ because of all the fun you have doing it. If you ask anyone they will no doubt tell you that after the 12 weeks the other staffs you work with become just like family.”

Info session:  Thursday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. in Covel Commons Grand Horizon Ballroom

Application deadline: Friday, Feb. 13

For more information: Bruin Woods site

5. The Campus Events Commission

Photo courtesy of Andy Tran
Photo taken by Andy Tran, courtesy of Greg Kalfayan

The CEC staff brings you speakers, concerts and free movie screenings every week and loves doing it.

“Before I became assistant commissioner I was on the speaker’s staff and we were scheduled to have our event for Greg Sestero (from “The Room,” by Tommy Wiseau,)” said Robert Osen, a fourth-year Design | Media Arts student.

“Apparently Tommy was not happy that Greg wrote a tell-all book about his experience on filming ‘The Room’ and was suing him for copyright infringement.”

“Basically to make a long story short, there were non-UCLA students trying to get into the event who turned out to be process servers. So when the event was over we tried to take Greg Sestero out of Kerckhoff Grand Salon … but the people saw us and began to chase after Greg, throwing the papers at him and yelling ‘You’ve been served’ but Greg Sestero kept running and got into his car and drove off. … It was honestly straight out of a movie.”

As for Greg Kalfayan, a fourth-year political science student and the Campus Events commissioner, his favorite story is simple. “When we hosted the cast of “Workaholics,” a student asked us to give her phone number to the celebrities,” Kalfayan said. “We didn’t, but we did send her joke texts for a couple days after the fact.”

If you’re into prank texts and wild goose chases (you know, and culture), there’s still time to apply.

Application deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 20

For more information: Joining CEC FAQ

Which clubs are you interested in joining? Tweet us @dbmojo or let us know in the comments!

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Study Spots for the Outdoorsy #STL

The dudes from the MTV show “Jersey Shore” coined the term “GTL.” But given that it’s ninth week and finals are just around the corner, at UCLA we drop the gym and the laundry and substitute it with studying and learning. And that, my friends, is how #STL was born. (Yes, it’s a thing.)

This time of the year, the hill by Janss Steps and Kerckhoff patio get all of the love from those who like to avoid studying indoors. So for those of you who also prefer to enjoy the L.A. sunshine but would actually like to find a place to sit, here are nine outdoor study spots at UCLA where you can live up to the “study, tan, learn” motto. Ditch the library, leave your room and study in the great outdoors.

1. The Bombshelter 

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This place is officially called the Court of Sciences Student Center, but let’s be real, no one calls it that. The Bombshelter is one of the most highly underrated areas on campus. Plenty of outdoor seating and unlimited access to food make it the ideal place to study. Grab your course readers, devour a Subway sandwich and soak up some knowledge in the sun.

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Graduation Preparedness Checklist

jobSchool is already stressful enough, but for most experiencing senioritis, all of the wonderfully annoying little details that come with planning graduation are making life even more painful.

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Most of us have probably seen the endless social media posts of photos and announcements of graduations from those on the semester system, while the rest of us are still buried in our books, preparing for these last few weeks approaching finals until it is the quarter-system students’ turn to boast and celebrate.

Meanwhile, it is still important for those graduating to stay on top of the last deadlines to be fully prepared for the commencement ceremony. In case you need a checklist or are too swamped to remember what is left, here’s a helping hand so you don’t forget to pick up your guest or honors tickets. (more…)

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4 Reasons We Love the Quarter System

The day after tomorrow marks the first day of May, the month that many students on the semester system get to officially call summer. For us, it’s only the middle of the quarter. There will surely be loads of bragging Facebook statuses and endless Instagram uploads with certain hashtags that we will claim are only used to make us quarter kids jealous. But the truth of the matter is, we don’t really have many reasons to be envious of students on the semester system. And because you probably still don’t believe us, here are four reminders of why the quarter system is so great. (more…)

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5 Ways to Avoid Bruin Day Crowds

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It’s that time of year again. This Saturday, our campus is about to be bombarded with tens of thousands of visitors as admitted prospective freshmen and their parents come to campus to check out what UCLA is all about. Not even the Hill is safe, with breakfast/brunch on the Hill switching from omelets to scrambled (gasp! scandal!) to prepare for the crowds this weekend. Maybe you’re a tour guide, a volunteer or a host to an overnight student. Kudos to you for carrying on the True Bruin tradition, but what about the rest of us? We have midterms to study for, food we’d like to eat and maybe, just maybe, a need for peace and quiet.

Catering to the shut-ins in all of us, I’ve come up with five alternative activities for this Saturday, in the chance you don’t want your life to be bombarded by overly enthusiastic high school seniors and their even more enthusiastic parents. (more…)

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