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Graduating blogger Mike Bedard reflects on his time at UCLA in a final post

I came to UCLA as a transfer, so I’ve only had two years to enjoy the campus and student life this school has to offer.

The week I moved in, I started looking for clubs to get involved with, one of which was The Daily Bruin. It seemed like a great opportunity to be a part of the student community as well as put everything I’ve learned as an English major to use. But then something tragic and completely unforeseen happened … I missed the deadline.

I thought the deadline was a week later than it actually was, so my application wasn’t finished. “Oh well,” I thought. I moved on, joined some other clubs, did an internship, and I carried on with life.

At the beginning of my senior year, I wasn’t thinking about joining The Daily Bruin at all. It wasn’t that journalism no longer appealed to me. My brain was just too busy exploding from the euphoria of being accepted into James Franco’s creative writing class. So that was kind of a big deal, that I proceeded to tell all my friends about (some of whom still don’t believe I was actually in the class). And then something unexpected happened.

I received a text from Kate Parkinson-Morgan saying she was from The Daily Bruin and that she had heard I was taking the Franco class. She wanted me to write for the relatively new blog called Mojo.

My first thought was, “How did this chick get my phone number?” (It turns out we had a mutual friend, so it wasn’t as creepy as I initially thought.) My second thought was, “Man, I haven’t even gone to the first class yet, and I’m already famous!” My second thoughts always tend to be on the narcissistic side. My third thought was, “I’m hungry,” so I grabbed some Fat Sal’s, and after I had eaten, I remembered Kate’s text, so I responded and said I’d be willing to meet to talk more about this opportunity.

We chatted for a bit, and eventually, Kate convinced me to apply to The Daily Bruin, and I’m so glad I did. While sometimes I have indulged myself by writing about subjects I am familiar with like writing, books, and movies, I’ve also challenged myself to go out and find stories that aren’t really in my realm of expertise like assisting in coverage of the 2012 presidential election (although I mainly watched comedians tell Mitt Romney jokes that night, so maybe it was within my realm of expertise after all).

I’m very grateful for my time here at UCLA and at The Daily Bruin. My only regret is that I couldn’t have been here longer. I’d also like to thank Kate for reaching out to me and thinking every little thing I did with James Franco was interesting. I feel like there’s no advice or parting words I could give you that haven’t already been said or wouldn’t come across as cliche, so to help all of you current students with your remaining time at UCLA, I’d like to leave you with three sentences that will get you through life, courtesy of Homer Simpson.

Number one: “Cover for me.” Number two: “Oh, good idea, boss.” Number three: “It was like that when I got here.”

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Fall 2013 class schedule and enrollment times now available on MyUCLA

As you were checking MyUCLA to calculate the lowest grade you can get on your finals and still pass your classes for final exam times and locations,  you may have noticed that enrollment appointments for the first quarter of the next school year are now available.

The Schedule of Classes for Fall 2013 is now finalized, and first and second pass enrollment appointments can now be found under the “Fall 2013″ tab in the MyUCLA Class Planner.

There are also tentative schedules for Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 on the Schedule of Classes website, meaning you can plan your entire academic year out if your heart so desires.

First pass enrollments begin the first week of Summer on June 20 at 7 a.m. (and here we were thinking we could sleep in over summer) and lasts until June 26. Second pass enrollment times begin immediately after on June 27th and last until October 11.

With finals coming up, remember that you have all of summer to pick and choose as you please, so don’t be worried if you aren’t able to finalize your schedule straightaway.

What classes will you be beginning your next school year with? Tweet us a screenshot of your schedule @dbmojo.

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Mojo Asks Students

Fresh Faces of UCLA Revisited

At the start of this year, Mojo interviewed fresh-faced freshmen, and asked them what their hopes were for their first year of college. This week, we caught up with them to find out how their year went and how their first impressions of UCLA have changed.

Nisha Nalamala - Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics

Mojo: Was your first year what you expected it to be?

Nisha: Yes and no. No, because I didn’t expect the people on my floor to become my best friends. Yes in terms of the rigor of the studies.

Mojo: What was your favorite thing this year?

Nisha: The friendships I’ve made. Specifically, we started a band. Three of us from my floor. At the beginning of the year, we casually talked about what instruments we played. Then we had a jam session, and we performed at the Hedrick talent show, which we won. We also played at Hill’s Got Talent. We jam whenever we have time. It’s more fun than serious. It’s nice because I’ve always wanted to join a band.

Mojo: Any regrets?

Nisha: Maybe I should have joined more clubs or auditioned for things. I wanted to apply for medical associations like Mobile Clinic but I was too lazy.

Mojo: What’s your advice to next year’s freshmen?

Nisha: Don’t get sucked into the fun parts of college. If you make mistakes though, don’t regret them too much, because that’s what college is for. Take advantage of all the opportunities. Don’t worry too much about grades; this is the one year you can screw up.

Mojo: How much have you changed since we last interviewed you?

Nisha: I think I’ve gotten a lot more outgoing. The first week was kind of forced socialization. Now it’s constant natural talking – even to strangers, in line for the dining hall for example.

Yves Beauzil – Psychobiology 

Mojo: Was your first year what you expected it to be?

Yves: Sorta kinda not really. I didn’t really come in with too many expectations. I didn’t plan on joining a fraternity. I really bonded with these guys. I really enjoy the social aspect.

Mojo: What was your favorite thing this year?

Yves: Just meeting people in general.

Mojo: Any regrets?

Yves: Nah, no regrets.

Mojo: What’s your advice to next year’s freshmen?

Yves: Get involved. They say that it helps make the school smaller. Keep up with classes. People told me but I was arrogant.

Mojo: How much have you changed since we last interviewed you?

Yves: I think I’m the same person. I’ve just learned more. How to be more outgoing, less awkward.

Mojo: Anything else?

Yves: Stay hungry, stay foolish.

Kristina Solorio – Biology

Mojo: Was your first year what you expected it to be?

Kristina: Yes. It was really good, I did a lot more than I expected. We went to watch a lot of movies with my friends. I didn’t join as many clubs as I wanted to. I decided to take the first year slow.

Mojo: What was your favorite thing this year?

Kristina: Living in the dorms. And the football game against USC; that was really good.

Mojo: Any regrets?

Kristina: I want to join more clubs. Like something fun. Maybe Hands On, for sign language. Also something related to medicine.

Mojo: What’s your advice to next year’s freshmen?

Kristina: It’s nothing like high school. You can’t just study the day before and expect a good grade. You have to start studying two weeks before the exam.

Mojo: How much have you changed since we last interviewed you?

Kristina: A lot. I’ve become more social. I wasn’t too shy before, but I wouldn’t try to make new friends. Here I just want to meet new people.

Mojo: How would you describe your year?

Kristina: It went by so quick. I want it to last longer, because of the freedom there is here, but I also kind of want it to end because of exams.

Mojo: What do you have to say about UCLA?

Kristina: It’s better than I expected. It’s really, really pretty. The area is so nice, and the weather. I’m from California, but I never realized how good the weather is here. And I really like learning!

Freshmen, what did you think of your first year at UCLA? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below!

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Spring Finals: Campus Resources 101

How did finals creep up so quickly? If you are asking yourself this question, you might want to stop looking at Facebook and open your textbook fast. Yes, it seems that once again another quarter has flown by so quickly we didn’t even have time to blink. During Fall finals, Mojo compiled a list of Finals Resources that are still useful for Spring (SAC, Ackerman Union, Kerckoff and 580 Cafe services), but here are some extra things that you can take advantage of in the upcoming week that will help you during this stressful time.

Night Powell

For those planning to pull an all nighter, we wish you the best of luck. Starting June 3, Powell Library will open at 7:30 a.m. and won’t close until 5 p.m. on June 14. Your Bruin card is required to access the library from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Computer Labs/Learning Centers

Studying together is more fun right? For those who live on the Hill, Sunset Village, De Neve and Rieber Hall all provide areas for groups to get together. There are computers, video/multimedia equipment and even a smartboard for teaching. They are open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 6 p.m. to midnight. Rieber Hall room 197 is open 24 hours.

Charles E. Young Research Library

Staring June 9, the library will open at 10 a.m and will stay open until June 13 at midnight. Your Bruin card is required to access the library from 7 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Prepare to drink lots of coffee for this one.


In desperate need of a massage? After hours of straining your neck and back trying to find the right position to read your book, give your body the relief it deserves. There are multiple spots on campus offering massages, so take advantage of it while you can.

  • Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library: Research Commons, June 4, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Science and Engineering Library/Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Collection: Research Commons, June 5, noon to 2 p.m.
  • Charles E. Young Research Library: Lobby, June 6, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunset Study Halls

The perfect place to escape your noisy roommate who has finished finals before you. (Not fair right?) June 9, Covel is opening the Grand Horizon room and terrace, yes the place known for it’s cheesy dances, to studying from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. the week of finals. Except this time there will be less dancing and more reading…we hope.

Therapy Dogs

You can never be too busy even during finals to visit some fluffy friends. In the Powell Library group study rooms on June 4 and June 7 from noon to 2 p.m. you can visit therapy dogs in order to relieve some of your finals stress. Unfortunately, there are no therapy kittens.

Happy Studying!

Do you know any other final resources? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.

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Five Things We Wish We Could Snag at Saturday’s End Of Year Exchange

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.


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