The University of California Los Angeles
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The University of California Los Angeles - Comments and Student Experiences |
For the most part curriculum is very well thought out and courses are relevant and taught well.
UCLA has an incredibly diverse student body with some students there to enjoy the college experience and others who are very serious, intent on making their mark in the world or in academia. Also, people come from all different backgrounds.
The negatives are similar that you would find at other large universities. The mentoring and counseling isn't great. You have to seek out any connections or ask for advice if you want it.
The workload is much higher than h.s. and it takes a certain amount of discipline to excel. This is especially true in the sciences and engineering. This can be difficult at times with all the distractions of college life.
Socially UCLA can be a bit overwhelming with so many different people from different backgrounds. It helps if you join some sort of organization with people of similar interest as the school is so large you probably won't get to know people from your classes until you get to the junior or senior level.
Large class size for many of the lower division classes may make the school seem even less personable; however, one cannot stress enough the importance of getting to know the professors and TAs in order to gain a deeper perspective on the material as well as a sense of connection to the classes. This requires persistence, as some professors simply do not have the time to spare. If you can't get to the professor, work with the TA. Mind you, I was one of those students who spent a significant portion of my time going to office hours and informal study sessions with other students. If you are not able to network, you will find a hard time at UCLA.
In addition, there are underachievers who sleep through classes or don't even bother to show up. They get left behind, and nobody cares. I will admit that as the biggest problem with the school. If you need your hand held through your schooling, don't go here. It will be too hard.
On the good side, the resources at the school are among the best. This includes one of the largest libraries in the entire nation, countless award winning admirable staff, and highly intellectual students.
As far as the campus, I don't think it gets much better in terms of aesthetic appeal for LA. There's no question about this, the campus is amazingly beautiful.As a final note, don't let a few bad experiences ruin your entire educational career. Moreover, do not compare yourself to other students, or you will grow resentful and fall into a trap of competitive spirit. This school is not for the faint of heart. It is a serious and challenging environment that produces excellence.
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