Do You Have What it Takes to be a Bruin?



College Profile: UCLA

Motto: Fiat Lux (Let there be Light)

Located: Los Angeles, CA

Students: 43,300

Colors: Blue and Yellow

Let’s face it: College IS coming up, and as high-school students, we need to start thinking about it. However, when one does begin to look into college, they often find themselves presented with too many possibilities to even comprehend. In the words of high school student Jordan Modisette when I texted her about what college she was planning on going to:

“Aaahhhh idk man…*internal screaming*…U can quote me on that lol”.

A good point well made. However, when you start thinking about school after high school, make sure that the University of California: Los Angeles is near the top of your list.

The Home of the Bruins boasts an impressive track record, both in athletics and academics. Since it was established in 1919, UCLA has won 261 Olympic medals (133 of them gold) and 113 NCAA titles, more than any other university in the United States. Among its alumni stand George Takei, Jack Black, James Dean, Ben Stiller, and Jackie Robinson, and the university has produced 13 Nobel Prize Laureates, 38 Academy Award Winners and, with its technology, has helped create the Internet (yeah, literally the Internet) and over 140 companies. UCLA offers 3,800 courses in over 100 academic departments, with a plethora of research opportunities and internships to boot. In fact, UCLA ranks as one of the top universities in the world for academics, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Academic fields range from Applied Linguistics to Microbiology to Music and from Dance to Mathematics to Politics, and UCLA has a distinguished medical program and over 9 million books in its 12 libraries and 11 archives. The university has also been used as a filming location for various films and television series, including Legally Blonde, Jobs, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. On a local level, two PGHS alum, Wesley Hardin and Julius Yevdash, chose UCLA as their college of choice last year, and began their freshman year just last week.


However, there is a great deal more to this university than just facts and figures. UCLA contains a vibrant student life on its campus, with traditions such as the ‘Midnight Yell’ during Finals Week, where students yell as loudly as possible to relieve some of that stress that we all know comes with those tests. Other traditions include the Spring Sing, a student talent extravaganza, and the Bruin Bash, which occurs at the beginning of the year to get students used to their new lives. The University also hosts an annual ‘hackathon,’ where technology-inclined students can work together to create projects. UCLA also boasts over 1000 clubs and 70 fraternities and sororities, giving any new student a group of people with whom they can connect. Where better to enjoy one’s college experience?

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