We learn a great number of things from our classes, but more importantly, being a UCLA student teaches us the following set of life skills:
UCLA is infamous for its horribly long lines. Whether we’re trying to get our hands on a free ticket from the Central Ticket Office, or we’re just hungry for some good ol’ Rendezvous, chances are at least a few of the other approximately 40,000 students are trying to do the same. Maybe the wait is worth it if we get to see Macklemore perform for free and eat what Business Insider deems the fifth-best college food in the country.
The line for Bruin Bash Tickets is getting LONG. A few students are genuine Tyga or E-40 fans, but most seem to be wide eyed freshman excited for the new experience more than the actual performers. “We’re just excited for Bruin Bash in general. I don’t really listen to this kind of music” said first-year biochemistry student Yingjia Lee as he waited in the back of the line, which currently ends near Feast.
9:30 a.m. Free coffee, pastries and ice cream are available near every court’s unloading and move-in area throughout the day. Snag some free food or send your parents for coffee while you unpack in peace.
9:57 a.m. After oversleeping and slowly making it to the back of the line (there should really be water stands along the way), blogger Jake Rosen has made it to what he calls “the land of skepticism.” “With many calculations, we have labeled this sector of the line level ‘E-21.’ This means that, on a level of E-0 to E-40, those around us are very unsure whether Tyga is worth the wait.”
10:00 a.m. Move-in assistants and second-year psychobiology students Tiffany Lee and Maique Vo told us that the strangest items they’ve seen students move in this weekend are a handmade decorative cardboard headboard for their bed, a full-size standing lamp and a dresser. They’ve also seen a few students with four or five carts full of stuff to put into their tiny dorm rooms. “It’s our last year on the Hill so we just want to help out,” Lee said as she waited for students to arrive.
10:30 a.m. Students, faculty and family compete to win a backpack full of back-to-school swag from City Target in front of Bruin Cafe. The players have one minute to draw a picture of something (in this case SpongeBob) and the crowd votes on a winner.
11:00 a.m. “The first Bruin Bash I went to was the one with Travie McCoy. Then I did a religious mission for two years and was not allowed to listen to music so I haven’t heard this year’s artists,” said second-year biology student Clark Taylor as he waited in line with his brother (both dressed in suits for church afterward). “I’ve heard Rack City so I’m kind of excited,” said Clark’s younger brother Colby, a first-year biology student.
11:25 a.m. Face paint and animal balloons are available outside of Hedrick Hall. According to face painter JoAnna Bowland, Joe Bruin is the most popular thing she has been painting on the faces of parents, students and siblings. She had a large crowd yesterday, who got their faces painted before heading off to the Rose Bowl to watch the game against New Mexico State.
1:45 p.m. There is a free photo booth at the Ikea tent in Covel Plaza. Get in line to take some cute snapshots with your new roommates.
Now that you have become one of us, it’s time to learn our language. You might be a bit confused during your first few days on campus when you hear students refer to different places on campus, but we are here to let you in on the secret. Bruins have their own language (shhh, it’s between us) and as freshmen you are going to need to know it if you want to make it.
The Awkward Steps – Otherwise known as the Covel steps, these stairs have been renamed because they create some major awkwardness for your legs. Each step is extra long, so get ready to extend your strides. You’ll get the hang of it after a while.
Under Construction Like Always – The UCLA acronym speaks for itself. Don’t worry though – construction is sure to be finished soon. That is, until after they decide it’s time to start their next project.
The Hill – AKA your new home! This refers to the whole living area, from the dorms to the dining. If your parents or friends ask where you will be living on campus in the fall, just tell them, “The Hill.”
BCaf – This might seem obvious, but you don’t want to be caught saying Bruin Café. Why take two breaths to say something when you can say it one? Bruins are always finding easier and more tactical ways to deal with hard-hitting issues.
The IM Field – The Intramural Field is where many events take place on campus, but many times fliers and Facebook events will only put the location as IM field. It’s good that you make sure to know that IM means Intramural Field and not Instant Messenger Field.
Know any other UCLA slang freshmen should know? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.
Today, UCLA says goodbye to the Class of 2013. Even though classes are over and Hill residents are gone for the summer, campus is vibrating with the energy of eager graduating students and their proud families. Below are some highlights from Sunday’s graduation ceremonies. Congrats, Class of 2013!
9:15 a.m. Traffic has died down and Bruin Plaza seems rather empty, but hundreds of families are packed into campus, watching the ongoing ceremonies, including political science, ecology and evolutionary biology, mathematics and history. Environmental science student Kymberly Alvarez (right) waits for her graduation to begin as her proud dad dons a blue mask and beads.
9:30 a.m. A long line is forming outside of Royce Hall for the communication studies graduation ceremony. Our very own blogger Kassy Cho is waiting near the front because she knows a thing or two about the long lines at UCLA.
9:59 a.m. Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics students do one last 8 clap before graduating. Their chants echo throughout Powell Courtyard.
10:15 a.m. “We have 10 times as many bacteria in our bodies than we do actual cells,” Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Department Chair Jeffrey Miller said during his welcome speech at the graduation ceremony, in which he used recent findings and facts about microbes to tell students that “learning is a lifelong endeavor.”
10:45 a.m. The Inverted Fountain is getting more and more crowded as the day goes on. Some students are too excited to wait and jump right in, as others strategize and wait to get the best spot for photos. Biology student Kelsey Bullock and economics student Chris Murt (right) make their way in for a quick photo and cool down.
Everyone around is chuckling at biology student Cristina Ta’s witty cap decoration that reads “HIRE ME.”
“At first, I put it on my cap because I thought it would be funny. It wasn’t until yesterday that I found out it was reality,” Ta said. “I spent four hours looking at job listings online and realized it’s difficult with just a Bachelor’s degree.”
11:15 a.m. History student Emily Mason and english student Jared Speier set up a picnic in front of Schoenberg Hall during the down time between their ceremonies.
11:30 a.m. There is an information tent located in Bruin Plaza to answer questions about today’s events. Most people are asking for help finding a parking garage or the location of a ceremony.
The information staff told us the strangest question they have received is “Where is a playground for my kids?” Um, we’re in college. We don’t have recess and playgrounds (except in our dreams).
If you’re looking for coffee to help you get through the day, Kerckhoff Coffee House is open.
If you want to buy or return a graduation sash, you can go the Campus Photo Studio in Ackerman Union (right).
12:15 p.m. The lawns in front of Perloff Hall and Janss Steps are now empty. The English Department’s graduation is the last ceremony left and will take place in Pauley Pavilion at 1:30 p.m.
The On-Campus Housing Council is having an end of the year exchange this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. It’s a chance to get rid of any appliances or clothes you can’t take home with you, or pick up some much needed furniture for your new apartment.
If you go to this student bazaar, you can expect to find the usual run-of-the-mill apartment furnishings (chairs, clothing, microwaves, etc.), but having lived in an apartment this year, I wish I had gotten some other fixings to spruce up my place.
With that being said, here are some items we here at Mojo wish we could see at the On-Campus Housing Council’s End of Year Exchange.
1) George Foreman Grill: Have you ever wanted a burger but didn’t feel like walking all the way to In-N-Out to get one? With this, you can cook up some burgers in the comfort of your apartment without the tremendous hassle of standing up and walking somewhere.
2) Bean bag chair: There’s no better way to eat Doritos, drink Mountain Dew and play video games than in a chair that perfectly conforms to the curves of your spine. Speaking of which …
3) Nintendo 64: Because when you’re caught up in the stress of essays, internships and finals, you just need to play some Duck Hunt to relax.
4) Television: Instead of watching Netflix on your laptop, you can watch Netflix … on a television. It would have a bigger screen. That’s something, right?
5) Pinball machine: Whoever has a pinball machine in their apartment or dorm is instantly the coolest person on campus. And if someone does have a pinball machine lying around, they should let me know so I can show off my mad skills.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to be available at the swap. Chances are there will be a lot of stuff that is actually useful, like clothing and perhaps a chair in relatively good condition. All the information can be found here, so check it out.
Is there anything you would want to see at the End Of Year Exchange? Comment below or tweet us @dbmojo.