University of California - Los Angeles '15
Majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Member since 5/20/2012
Sunshine 364 Days of the Year – Ok, maybe 364 days is a bit of an exaggeration. However, the normal weather in Los Angeles sunny and in the sixties or seventies. It is the stereotypical version of West Coast weather.The weather is pleasant, and that causes the atmosphere on campus to be bright and joyful.
A slight con is that, when it does rain, the campus floods. Southern Californians just are not that used to rain! Some may say that there is a lack of seasons, but snow and the mountains are not far from campus. There is not much to complain about nice, sunny weather!
There are many nightlife things to do at UCLA. The frats and sororities are lined up in a row that is close by the campus. Many campus clubs also have clubbing events and parties.
Westwood Village is a ten-minute walking distance from the campus, and there are restaurants, shops, and movie theaters in the village.
Also, Hollywood, Sawtelle, Koreantown, and Santa Monica are not far from campus. It is easy to leave the UCLA bubble to go to malls, clubs, restaurants, and beaches.
Being in Los Angeles, UCLA is really diverse. Statistically, Caucasians are a majority, but the Asian ethnicities are very present at UCLA, and most international students are from Asian countries. There is also a strong presence of other ethnicities, as seen through the cultural clubs for Latinos/Latinas, African-Americans, and various Middle Eastern ethnic groups.
Moreover, there are many different religious groups on campus. Although there are many Christian groups, there are also Buddhist, Jewish, Atheist, and Muslim groups on campus as well. There is also a Catholic center near campus, and the center actually hosts many different religious clubs' meetings.
There is also a strong acceptance of the LGBT community, and they have their own office in the Student Activities center.
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UCLA- View from Holly Ridge...
UCLA- View from Holly Ridge dorm lounge
This picture is from one of the residence hall's lounges around sunset. It captures the beauty and activity in the area around UCLA. It also reflects the diversity in the landscape; there's the beach, the city, and the forests/trees.