With finals approaching, everyone is beginning to cram for the classes they’ve procrastinated on all quarter. Here are some free apps to download for your iPhone, iPad or other iOS device that will get you on track.
1. Exam Countdown. This is by far the most important: You don’t want to forget what day your final is on. Not showing up is a guaranteed way to fail. Plus, seeing how few days you have left can shock you into studying.
2. Quizlet. If you’ve never heard of Quizlet, you’re missing out. It’s an app that lets you access flashcards for different subjects or make your own, and it allows you to quiz yourself in a variety of different ways. If you’re really trying to cram, these flashcards are easy to study between classes.
3. RefME. This app is great if you’re writing a paper and need to cite your sources. If you’re using a textbook that has a barcode, all you have to do is hold your phone over the barcode for a few seconds. All of the information about the textbook pops up, along with the citation.
4. Pocket. This app is great for looking up articles on your phone when you intend to save them for later. Simply download the app, and you’ll automatically have a list of options of how to save articles. You can save from Mobile Safari, your computer, apps and email. It’s ridiculously self-explanatory and incredibly useful.
5. Calm. This app is a guide to meditation, perfect for the stressed college student preparing for finals. It begins by asking you to select a relaxing scene like a forest or a beach, after which it starts playing related sounds. You can customize the time you want to spend relaxing to fit your own needs and you can learn how to meditate through the “7 Steps of Calm.”
Maybe you like to dance, and you’ve tried out the various student organization-run clubbing events, but none have been exactly your thing. If you’re over 21, you may be sick of the endless heterogeneity of music at the usual Hollywood clubs your friends are always dying to go to. Mainstream music is great, but sometimes, something a little more unique is the best thing to jam out to. Here at Mojo, we understand your struggle. Whether you’re of legal drinking age or not, finding a way to spend your night out dancing to chill music can be difficult, so here’s a handy-dandy guide to a few places for the next time you want to take a path less traveled on your night out on the town.
Dance Yourself Clean (21+, every Saturday)
If you’re into trekking to Silverlake, Dance Yourself Clean is a good and cheap bet for a Saturday evening. With $5 cover after 10:30 p.m. and a DJ spinning music inspired by the genre styles of Icona Pop and Holy Ghost, DYC may be a hipster magnet (and has the Portland origins to support this), but you won’t be able to deny the bargain deal and unique sound it provides in a clubbing landscape littered with top 40 hits remixed with mainstream EDM.
Behind Musso and Frank’s on Hollywood Boulevard and down the street from Supper Club, Golden Box is just that: a box. Small in size, but with a 70′s disco feel and cheap drinks, Golden Box packs a big punch if you’re looking for something nu-disco/proto-EDM for your Friday and Saturday nights. More a bar than a club, there’s no cover but plenty of dance space. The crowd and DJ vary every night, so be sure to check their Facebook page for more date-specific event information.
Usually held at Club Los Globos in Silverlake, and occasionally other venues, Rhonda specializes in dirty and deep house in a flamboyant atmosphere that encourages creative costumes. With two floors and two DJs spinning on each, there’s plenty of space to either chill out with a drink or really get down. For those planning to spend New Year’s in Los Angeles, they’ve got a Rhondapolis at The Standard in downtown L.A. If you don’t have $175 to drop, try Rhonda on their bi-monthly to monthly Friday nights at Los Globos once school starts next quarter ($20 cover).
Rage is one of West Hollywood’s most famous gay clubs, but provides a campy, cheesy mix of top 40 and EDM in an all-inclusive space that lets the under-21 set dance their hearts away on an actual weekend night (Friday). Fridays are geared toward queer Asian males on their Gameboi nights, while Tuesdays and Thursdays are more general – anyone is welcome. At $20 cover for those under 21 and less or free for those over 21, Rage is a poppy, fun place to spend your evening without spending too much on an Uber from Westwood. P.S.: Look out for the shirtless go-go dancers at Gameboi nights on Fridays.
8911 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 Website
Pehrspace (all ages, see their calendar)
A volunteer-run venue with only $5 cover, Pehrspace is geared toward lovers of local and indie bands.The club is located in the Westlake neighborhood. With a grungy, Eastsider hipster feel, Pehrspace may not be a club-type atmosphere, but its all-ages status and interesting acts make it a compelling night out for the musically adventurous.
Thanksgiving has passed, December has yet to arrive and Mariah Carey’s greatest holiday hits are ring-ting-a-ting-a-ling all over the radio. This can only mean one thing: Christmas.
When it comes to gifts, I usually have a Regina George-esque attitude (“I don’t send them, I just get them”). But Christmas is the exception, when giving gifts brings warmth to my heart and makes a hole in my wallet.
Thinking about buying some presents for your friends and family this holiday season? Are you car-less, or at least not willing to make the trek to anything past Wilson Plaza?
Luckily, your life just got easier. Here’s a gift guide to our very own UCLA Store, so you can fret a little less about what to get for that one distant cousin that always happens to buy you something, but you never get them anything and you always feel really guilty, and so you try shopping for them but, like, how are you supposed to know what they like? Anyways.
UCLA Bruins No. 1 basketball jersey (white)
This one goes out to the athletic older brother who loves reminding the world that he works out and has big arms. Cheers to you.
UCLA women’s double arch V-neck tee – blue
Simple, yet cute – an easy gift for a girlfriend, sister, friend. Plus, it’s performance fabric, so it’s perfect for working out in.
UCLA arch mom crewneck sweatshirt – blue
Especially great for those mothers who love to have hot chocolate and sit by the fireplace on those cold winter nights.
UCLA dad license frame
Perfect for a father who loves to rep the amazing school his child goes to.
FOR THE SIGNIFICANT OTHER:
UCLA musical Bruin plush
Everyone is a sucker for teddy bears. Are you in a long distance relationship? All the more relevant. Now your significant other can cuddle up with a little somethin’ that reminds them of you.
FOR THE MOST-SPIRITED:
UCLA block tube socks – white
Socks are a staple Christmas gift, so why not change it up and slap on some UCLA spirit?
FOR THE DOG:
UCLA pet bowl
We can’t forget the puppy! The cutest member of the family needs a present as well.
UCLA 2014 tree ornament
A universal gift that can be given to anyone: grandparent, uncle, aunt, friend or lover.
FOR THE BOOKWORM:
‘What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions’ by Randall Munroe
Can’t find the perfect book to give in the store? Fun fact: The BookZone can order any book you need and have it shipped to the store.
FOR THE COFFEE-LOVER:
UCLA Enzo mug
Let’s face it. We always thought coffee was for old people, but, now in college, I am a hot mess without my daily dose of caffeine.
FOR THE TECHIE:
UCLA 13-inch slipsuit navy laptop sleeve
A laptop contains all of life’s important information – why not keep it safe and represent UCLA at the same time?
Some foods just put me in a festive, wintery mood: chocolate, peppermint, anything ginger. Here in Los Angeles, however, we’re missing out on the cold/rainy/snowy weather, and this poses a problem, but not for long. Here are some food options under $5 from Trader Joe’s that will overcome the bright sunshine and bring winter to Los Angeles.
First of all: these ginger snaps. They’re amazing. They embody festiveness. Plus you get so many; they’re only $3.99!
The best part of winter is by far all of the amazing drink options, and I would highly recommend the spiced chai from Trader Joe’s.
These little gingerbread men are perfect for the holidays, and taste fantastic. For $2.99? So worth it.
If you’ve never had a chocolate orange, you are missing out. Once you take it out of the box, it’ll be wrapped in foil. Stand on a hard floor and drop the orange onto the floor while it’s still wrapped. When you unwrap it, it will fall open into chocolate orange slices. Proceed to eat the entire thing.
Last, but not least, these candy cane Joe-Joe’s (read: candy cane Oreos) are so tasty. You can’t turn down anything with candy canes during the holidays.
As Thanksgiving approaches, most students are looking forward to enjoying a few days to celebrate the holiday with their family and friends, catch up on schoolwork and maybe even squeeze in some time for Black Friday shopping. For some international and out-of-state students, however, the trip home is too far to go back for only a couple days, so they opt instead to stay on campus. If you’re staying on campus for Thanksgiving this year and want to make the most of your holiday, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Have a “Friendsgiving”
Round up all of your buddies who are also staying here for the week and invite them over to your dorm or apartment for a ‘Friendsgiving’ dinner. Make this casual get-together a potluck, so everyone can contribute something to the meal. The best part about ‘Friendsgiving’ is that you can bring anything – from pumpkin pie to sushi – because the main objective is to gather the gang together and enjoy each other’s company. If you want to pick up some groceries, napkins, utensils or decorations the day of, the Whole Foods in Westwood will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Target will be open from 6 p.m. onward.
Note: The dining halls will all be closed on Thanksgiving.
Organize a Pickup Game with Friends
What’s Thanksgiving without a pickup game of flag football? Organize your friends on campus for a quick game of football, soccer or any other sport – whatever floats your boat. You’ll burn some calories before eating, and have some fun at the same time. It won’t be hard to find a nice grassy spot to play, and Thursday is forecasted to be nice and sunny.
Catch up on …
Take advantage of those two days off from class! If you’re staying here, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to catch up on TV shows that you’ve neglected during midterms. Take the opportunity to get a full 11 hours of sleep for once and prepare for the week ahead. Maybe even catch up on some reading you didn’t get a chance to do or start studying for that quiz that’s conveniently scheduled for Tuesday. If you’re like me and haven’t gone to the gym in who knows when, you can use this time to catch up on exercise and go on a run in the brisk autumn air.
Have any other ideas for spending Thanksgiving on campus? Comment below!