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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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