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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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Mojo Asks Students

How Students Relieve Stress During Finals

Most of us are getting exponentially more stressed as finals week approaches. This week Mojo asked students how they release all of that pent-up stress and here’s what we found.

Third-year applied mathematics student Kia Marie Dela Cruz said, “I run. Studying drains you, and running re-energizes you.” A change of scenery can clear your mind and refresh you.

Maria Diaz, zumba instructor at the John Wooden Center, would approve. Her advice to beat anxiety during exams is simple. “Dance. Exercising gives you an adrenaline rush; it makes you feel energetic and happy. Doing some type of physical activity also helps you feel relaxed.”

Working out – even if it’s only for five minutes – can break up an endless day of studying and will make you feel powerful, accomplished and considerably calmer.

If you’re not the athletic type, there’s always food. You can try and stick with healthy snacks, but sometimes you just need to treat yourself to something sweet. ”Me and my friends would go on late-night trips to Yogurtland,” said Danielle Carrillo, a fourth-year psychology student.

Third-year biochemistry student Timothy Lee lets out his anxiety by singing. “I was in Damascus A Cappella last year. Now I sing in my apartment and I try to hit notes that I shouldn’t be hitting. Usually gospel songs.” Letting loose and singing your heart out, even if you’re off-key, will make you feel calmer in no time, but might have the opposite effect on your neighbors.

If you’ve tried all of the above methods and are having no luck, use this unexpected stress reliever from first-year English and physiological science student Christopher Jarin. “I go to the pool and yell under water.”

What do you do to relieve stress during finals? Tweet us @dbmojo or comment below.

- Iris Goldsztajn and Brian Pham

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