Saeed Ahmad: UCLA Transfer Student Panel

Saeed Ahmad: UCLA Transfer Student Panel



all right everyone thank you for joining us today my name is Chris Sanchez I'm an assistant director with undergone admission transfer recruitment and today we're gonna have a student panel some of them our current transfer students are here to share more about themselves and why they chose UCLA so if there's any questions please go ahead and type them in the chat we also have somebody that is going to be giving us some questions but yeah we're gonna be going over some questions for the next half an hour we also have our director from the Transfer Center joining us later on today to share more resources about you know from UCLA a little bit about her journey – and some of the collaborations that we have here at UCLA for our transfer students so we're gonna do something traduction first and foremost and then again thank you for joining us and we hope that you find this session very helpful I don't anyone I go first hi everyone I'm in my name is Slava Deana and I'm an admissions officer thank you for joining us today all right my name is uh Newberg I am a senior and I'm at first gen transfer to UCLA from Glendale Community College I transferred hi guys my name is I'm a third-year undergraduate student psychology major on a pre-law past and I transferred from Norco College hi everyone my name is Andre I am a first year transfer student and a junior and an English major I transferred from Santa Monica Community College and my hometown is Inglewood well wonderful thank you for joining us today again between our DNA myself we're gonna be rotating some questions I'll feel free to share you as much as you can so if our students have any questions they can follow up later on all right okay well it's a shirt off when you're a community college what were you looking for in a university and how did he altima to decide that you see an a-lister choice school so I was looking for somewhere where I would be embraced as a transfer student because one of my fears was not feeling as legitimate as traditional students and I don't know if like you either of you felt that way too and when I visited UCLA I saw the transfer student center and I saw like we have our own logo but literally as I heart you see it like I heart transfers and you say lies in the heart it was like such a part of UCLA's culture and that was really important to me so I knew that's why I wanted to come here was one of my main reasons personally for me UCLA had been my dream school since I was in high school when you think of UCLA you think of notable alumni think of Jackie Robinson you think of blue Jabbar and one thing about UCLA was that it wasn't just academic focused and it wasn't just focused on extracurriculars and it wasn't just focused on sports we're really holistic in terms of how good we are the way we balance we have some of the best sports teams in the countries were the number one public university in America so and also being in Los Angeles the types of connections that you get in the institution over here it's unmatched anywhere else that's what I was looking for at UCLA yeah my experience was a little bit more similar to Andres where I just wanted to feel like welcomed in a community and I had gone to quite a few different sees and I just felt like when I want Transfer Center I think Heather has like an amazing president she just makes me feel welcome and I think that belonging was something that I really really wanted and I found it here and that's why I ended up complicated yeah thank you I think that's something that a lot of our students say they found at home so that's a pretty good transition into our next question so what was your transition from Community College to UCLA that was a I'm not gonna lie it was very tough because when you come from Community College and it kind of like built a little community there you kind of are transferring in in this new little world and I think partially was my fault where I didn't you know you the Transfer Center as much my first year there's mentors and there's so many resources but when I first got you I was like you know what I'll be fine like I was fine at my Community College I did so great like I'm gonna do great but it is a bigger campus it is a new environment so you really have to step out of your little bubble and take that initiative to get those little resources and kind of connect like make that connection again personally for me I was kind of less in a way that I had friends who already came to UCLA so they were able to give me some good tips about to transition both me and aundrea did a program known as a tsp and if you are eligible for it it's a great program to get assimilated into the unit into the university's culture and while it is a rigorous six weeks it's really worth it and the subsequent quarters that you have after it's relatively easier for you so that's what I would say transition went pretty well really focused on grades in the first couple of quarters and then kind of eased into extracurriculars once I knew that I could take the course and just another note about the transfer summer program the reason why it's rigorous is because it's 12 units in six weeks just to give you an idea of what the quarter system is like and what its demands are but like science said if you are eligible please do it and it's true the academic advancement program aap and because of it Fall Quarter was a lot more smooth for me and probably for a site because we came out of the program like so confident I first think you out of that program thinking if I could do that I can do anything like I kind of monumental so I create perfect so we're good not going to the next question now as current you see ma students do you mind sharing of any activities that you might be involved in campus and that's you know throw a range of different things like internships research jobs on campus whatever you like to share so I'm currently a mentor with the Transfer Center I wasn't a mentee my first year but it was something where I went through a hard time so I really wanted to make sure that I could be there for other transfers and I think it's been an amazing experience because I feel like it's helped me like they've mentored me in a way as well as I've met it's like kind of like a collective fun little collaboration and then also I'm only searches in dr. Kalman's lab for perception and technology and that was a lot that's been a lot of fun so personally for me I'm one of the co-chairs for the transfer pre-loss society and like I've also tried my time as a member in various organizations of the PSA the Muslim Student Association and other organizations on campus awesome um well I am my favorite org I'd have to say that – any of us I don't know if there's any Messina's watching but it's in amazing org for any Latinas on campus I'm also a part of the Alumni scholars club and I frequent the university Catholic Center which has really helped me grow spiritually and I think based on all of our responses it just goes to show that there's like anything for you here there's over a thousand clubs and orgs so if nothing we said you can relate to you will find something that will enrich your undergrad experience and something that's meaningful to you great well thank you for sharing about your engagement on campus so now we're going to talk a little bit about living on campus or not living on campus and what's the situation I feel like a lot of our students they have questions about the housing situation right so if you can share about bow you know what was your process and when you were looking for housing and you get decided to leave on campus what was the process and if you decide to community how's that going for you so I have commuted both of my ears I initially planned to move on to campus but it potentially just didn't work out and then I've have been commuting it's been a tough process because in traffic guys LA traffic 40 minutes and then with traffic it's like an hour and a half so those times were kind of like initially just adjusting to that was pretty difficult but what I realized was I just kind of he's not time to kind of like calm myself and like listen to podcasts and kind of use that time productively it helped it make it a lot more smoother and I was kind of more motivated to stay on campus and then also there's like commuter breakfast and stuff like that way you can always go and you get free food I mean who doesn't enjoy free food so that is there is a community so it's not like you're just commuting and you're the only person community so that's something that made my commute easier personally for me so I've lived I've lived on campus here at UCLA I live in Saxon Suites and one thing I've noticed is that lumen on campus one of the advantages is you can kind of save time and also you can get to your classes much quicker as well if you're transferring into UCLA I highly suggest going into Holly because Holly is reserved just for transfer students and they have concept known as live learning communities where you are able to develop bonds with their fellow transfers as well and me and Andrea we were in TSP so we kind of had that experience beforehand but I highly suggest if you're coming into UCLA and you want to live on campus pick Holly so I commute I Drive from my house to the train station and then take the bus that leaves me on campus and it works out for me until our people that sounds crazy but um I think there's there's pros and cons to either community or housing and I ended up commuting because it ended up working out best for my family and specifically our financial situation it's just cheaper for me to commute personally and you will have to make that decision for yourself too but some of the pros to commuting um is definitely like I said um cheaper um and you can also use that time to de-stress which I knew kind of talked about um so sometimes I can either catch up on reading or read on like me but I and also just stare out the window or listen to music or maybe like just close my eyes a little bit meditate but so it works out for me and then I think another Pro to commuting is that you get to leave campus and it's like a nice break whereas I've heard from some friends if you live on campus sometimes you can feel like tired of the environment so it's really nice to be able to go home and then like recharge and then come back on the next day um so I think it'll just be a personal choice that you're just not to decide for yourself and work works out best great um you all of you sort of talked a little bit about this as far as parking can you talk a little bit more about what was your experience if you're commuting do you think about getting parking on campus what was that process or just trying to figure out and also for you since you were leaving on campus were you able to get parking your first year what if the situation moving forward yeah so my first quarter as I mentioned I was thinking about living on campus so I actually missed the deadline in order to get my parking pass or you know the situation on like at school and I wasn't aware that you can apply later on would like the Transfer Center there's like other ways I was just kind of freaking out and one of my friends told me oh you can get one off campus and I would kind of like park off campus at like one of the apartments parking lots and then walk over but I am so glad that I like realized that you can apply and it happens like a quarter before what you need and you have to like be on it on top of it like have it already it takes like less than five minutes so it's not like a long process just make sure you do it because that makes life so much easier because they actually give you parking that's closer to where your classes are and it saves so much time like instead of spending like 45 minutes just like parking walking over getting situated I'm not like sweaty when I come to class and I'm like actually well presented so please do yeah personally for me while I don't bring my car to campus I would agree knew that make sure you those deadlines make sure your head of ahead of the curve in terms of parking if you want a parking pass I suggest joining the Facebook groups as well as many people might be giving they might be selling their parking passes or there might be different scenarios going on just beyond the top of things if you are planning on commuting definitely look at the options that you have for the through the UCLA transportation office so I use the Bruin go past and it allows for so I paid like $35 a quarter and have unlimited bus rides through the Santa Monica bus all of that all those details and like what passes you need to buy depending on the region where you're commuting from or what that will look like for you so definitely just look at what those options are for you through these silly transportation office and also Google Maps is always a great way to figure out your route they give you a bus and train scenario as well and routes that you can take so that's a helpful planner and just to wrap it up with this as far as like transportation commuting what about getting to classrooms and into the labs or more you know if you're working on campus because I know that there's a lot of question asur so soon as that they ask where lineThe then deferred some cameras right have you utilized any of those services so I've seen people riding the vertical and I want to do that before I graduate so I have about four weeks left so I personally haven't use any of that but I think walking is play it's worked out fine for me like sometimes I hide class from one corner to another corner but even not like the campus is so so beautiful that like you walk through gardens and all that stuff so it's not really like oh I have to walk all the way it's kind of like you enjoy the process so for me I think walking towards the best but personally like I also I would agree that when you walk you get your cardio workout and you don't have party only I didn't burn but one thing about me was I actually I had ridden the birds before but what I actually did was actually purchased my own electric scooter and I noticed it saved me a lot of time sometimes you can get on walking between classes so I actually timed how long it took me to go from my where I live in Saxon Suites to my classes in like roll hall or Royce and it took me about four minutes to go from there so if you can I think it's a good investment if you buy it through three or four hundred dollar scooter versus paying for a bird where you're maybe paying like one to two dollars per ride maybe invest into a scooter where you can use it for years I also walk everywhere on campus and it is a good workout you really you seal is a hilly campus actually one of the best pieces of advice or like descriptions I got of campus was that it's like a bowl so it goes like this you know and so yeah I love it a lot of good walking you're gonna great like if you come here great well now that we're talking about community and Los Angeles what is there to do in LA and is it pretty feasible to get around the city yeah I'd say so there's so many public transportation options to get around there is also over and lift but we're in a really prime location in terms of getting to other places in like not too long amounts of time so like Santa Monica is right next door and there's the pier and the beach and the promenade where there's a bunch of shops in movie theaters what's it also has its own movie theaters but there's a lot of options of LA like depending on what you like um there's also nearby hiking routes if you're not a beach person so there's a little of everything for you here you know so la la you know la has so many things you can go to the Griffith Observatory you could go hiking you could go to the Hollywood sign if you're into bars they have many bars throughout the city there's City Reed's there's art museums basically there's Beverly Hills so basically whatever you choose whatever your interests are it will be in LA and there's various transportation options throughout throughout campus and throughout the city yeah I agree I was born and raised in LA so I kind of like this is I not in le le but like kind of like the suburbs of LA so this was kind of like the place he came to to kind of like go out and like explore places and the beach is so close so if you are you know looking forward to like kind of like a beach life – that is possible and that's super close I know on campus they put on a lot of events as well so sometimes you don't even have to go out to find that like entertainment like they have movie screenings I know like if you live on campus and stuff they also put on like little events like that so there's always something going on so there's never a dull moment thank you for sharing that and not just to close with a student panel I want to ask all of you what is one piece of advice that you would give to our recently admitted transfer students all right I was coming into it so it's okay it'll work out you have there's resources here there's people that actually care here and you will find your way like you've got admitted for a reason so believe in that because if you don't believe in that it's gonna inhibit you from actually having fun here and actually getting like becoming a part of the community so just focus on that and believe that believe in yourself and we got those guys I would agree an important component of success is believing in yourself and believing that you can accomplish your goals I say when you're coming into UCLA you have to realize it's going to be different from how your Community College was going to stay on top of your game start connecting getting into the right orgs it's not really about quantity it's more about quality and finding things that you're passionate about that's just right when you come on campus you meet Heather Heather Adams the director of the Transfer Center she's a great lady and she will help you out in anything you need and and the Transfer Center is a great resource and there's many resources across campus that will help transfer students get us and related into the school I'd say that two most important things I learned here is time management and the importance of nuts health so I would definitely say recommend that you get a planner or figure out well and I'm sure you already have the ways that work for you in terms of managing your time so really just rely on those that's so important because you can really do anything here if you can manage your time I think in life in general but the second thing to like I said is mental health and there is mental health it's definitely prioritized here on our campus and there is the Cape's resource that Heather might be able to talk about later in this program but definitely figure out what helps you relax when you're not feeling well or when you're stressed because you will be challenged here but there are also ways where you can get help on campus and it's such a supportive community like the new set and you'll be fine don't try not to be nervous and like really just focus on how exciting this is and hopefully this is a school for you awesome well thank you to our panel this is a very wonderful getting to know each one of you and hopefully our students also might have or come up with more questions but this might be helpful as they're deciding which university of they're gonna be choosing as they go forward with their higher education at this point we're gonna transition a little bit I'll have my student panel here I am gonna step out a little bit and we're gonna bring them a wonderful and their atoms from the Transfer Center give it up for ever with you for the next 50 minutes ask any questions that you have about resources she's gonna go into some details I may be on the chat so if you have any questions I'll be more than happy to connect with all of you too as well thank you who's answering is the Transfer Center just so you know all right you're welcome to answer as the Transfer Center for me since it's my account perfect hello everyone oh my gosh I'm so excited to be here new transfer admits we are so excited that you're here so where do I even start okay so Chris gave me a really great introduction thank you so much and thank you for that lovely call over there so my name is Heather Adams I oversee our transfer student center here at UCLA I was a transfer student so this is something I'm incredibly passionate about hopefully you can tell that my enthusiasm it comes authentically I was a 37 year old transfer student I was on the 20 year plan so I a really non-traditional educational path and I really found my professional calling in my community at UCLA so it was it was something I was I was a little unsure of right in Community College there were other non-traditional students everyone seemed to be kind of figuring it out I really found a lot of people at community college I could connect to and when I got to use the LA I was I was nervous that I wasn't going to be able to find that community and also as a non tried I'll admit I was thinking I'll just come here get my degree and leave right you know I didn't think I would plug in and be like the biggest cheerleader for UCLA that's ever existed and I thought as somebody with a non-traditional path I would probably do some research or make some friends with some professors and and you know get my degree and move on I didn't think I would join student groups or create student groups or utilize resources or become part of the community which was super surprising to me and that's exactly what happened I ended up creating two student orgs while I was here once to an organization for non-traditional students for students over 25 because I felt a little bit like a ghost on campus um I wanted to meet other people over the age of 25 who are maybe going to happy hour every once in awhile or you know married 22 years and I wanted to meet other people who were having that shared experience and then I also created a group called msmc to UCLA um for folks not to be so that we could connect on campus with each other as SMC Corsairs and so that we can also go back to SMC and talk to transfer to prospective transfers who are interested so that's a little bit about me just so you know what perspective I'm coming from the transfer students Center is a really great resource thank you all for mentioning that and I'm glad that it was a good resource for you as you were making your transition in we do sort of five different things that the Transfer Center in terms of support one it's just a space alright it's a space on campus for you to meet others with shared experience everybody works there's a transfer student we've got our transfer student mentors there we have one-on-one office hours with me or with any of the staff but we also try to make the university a little bit smaller so we've got campus partners from academic counseling from Kats Counseling and Psychological Services which is one of our incredible resources for mental health for any issues and stress that you may be dealing with we've got a lot of resources that I'm going to talk about that really help with health and wellness they come and do office hours at the Transfer Center so you don't have to go traipsing all over campus to find things it's a no you're probably a little bit concerned about that like two-year two or three years timeline that you have as a transfer and I think one thing that you might have heard from it from the students as they couldn't talked about their experiences you're gonna have time so you know whether you're on the fence and you're thinking I don't know if you feel is right for me or not or whether you're for sure coming here but you're a little bit nervous about this timeline I think we can all say it's going to be challenging and it's it's going to be fast but you have time um if you prioritize if you plan ahead if you're utilizing the resources and mining information of the current season transfers who know who've been here and who are thrived you will have time to plug in and make the most of your of your time here at UCLA make the most of this incredible opportunity of this University so at the Transfer Center the space provides a little bit of that making the university smaller trying to connect you with those resources so you don't have to you know go through all the red tape of trying to figure out where everything is you could just come to one place and hopefully we can plug you into the person who knows the answer to your question or concern or even if you don't know the answer hopefully we can help get a conversation started so that you understand a little bit more of what you're curious about so space to meet other transfers to make the university smaller we do tons of events we have a lot of social media outreach so if you aren't on our transfer Facebook social media like we're on Facebook or on Instagram or on Twitter or on snapchat or on YouTube oh my gosh everywhere so just you know look up Bruin transfers or UCLA transfers on any of those platforms and you'll find us we also have an incredible transfer Minter program of transfer mentor sitting right here in our presence on our UMS with connecting you as a new incoming transfer to people who've been through it it can share insights share knowledge build up some agency and you so that you are come here and just hit the ground running so a space to hang out in and meet other people events at social media outreach a mentor program and then we do a lot of advocacy we work with transfer student groups the transfer student leader codes leadership coalition transfer groups like the pre-law group like our first gen group that just started this corner I don't know if you know about that yeah but we just started a first gen college student group here on campus for first gen college students super excited they had their first meeting on Mondays from very excited come wrong but one in three undergrad students here are freshmen that is true so a third of undergrads at UCL first-gen college students are first in their family to graduate for college or go to college how many have what percentage of transfer students do you think are first gen yes it's about 42% so about 42% yeah it's almost half of transfer students so probably actually I like this I like this line of questioning how many transfers are at UCLA so it's 35 percent of the incoming class so that's really good to know about 3200 incoming transfers each fall quarter so a large amount um like how many transfers total do you think not quite not quite a little bit lower than that we're at seven thousand three hundred and eighty one at the moment so sometimes that's higher or lower depending on if the new students are coming in or not who's graduating in one in two years or three years so a lot of students it's about 30% of the undergrad population it's a big community and it's a really friendly open community I mean I don't know I I can talk about it from my perspective but it sounds like all of you have been able to plug in and find your communities within the community yes okay what would you say your favorite thing about the transfer community is I have to see the diversity because it's from all over California and I get to meet students from so many different places and cultures and in ages – okay oh yeah we have a transfer here who's 15 we have a transfer who's 73 and we have a transfer every single age in between to give you some perspective of that diversity of life experience like think about what your classroom experience is like when you have those perspectives like it just really changes what clef of class experience is like when you have people who are able to speak on so many different walks of I would have to agree with that it's it's almost a blessing to see how many different perspectives that can come in even from different walks of life people like you would have never thought that you would see here many people it's just amazing to look at like like Andres that the diversity here on campus is amazing and I really think that when you interact with so many transfers you kind of look at how diverse the use of the broad UCLA community is I agree with that and also my favorite thing personally has been how willing everyone everyone in the transferred community whether their first year whether their the second year whether their staff have been to help you out like my had heard rumors before I'd come like oh no like you're not gonna get any help like if you're in the class you're gonna be alone and then actually being here and talking and this is like and it's so funny because no one like but when you come in and you actually experience it literally the transfer students or even like the students just in my classes they've gone out of their way to help you and that's something but you would think like it's a quarter system everything's fast why would someone want to take time out of their schedule to do that but they did and I think that's my favorite part I love that you brought that up because one of the questions somebody had asked is about competition right and how it competitive they were specifically asking about the humanities oh how competitive the humanities were felt a competitive sense of any of my peers in humanities I don't know what that's like for stem but yeah there's not a competitive bone in like anyone who I'm encountered at all like we help each other out we're like so open with each other and yeah from a departmental point of view the humanities department is one of the most transfer friendly I mean the problem everybody here is trying to build transfer sector culture but the humanities department specifically reaches out to the transfer center we've done transfer awareness trainings with the TAS and the faculty they're working on some digital humanities online structures to help transfers navigate resources so the humanities department specifically has been incredibly transfer friendly but what else do you have you felt competitive spirit here have you felt that sometimes in certain majors it can be a little bit competitive I would say you know if you have the number one public university in America we do have a sense of a competitive streak but one thing about us and us is it's a healthy competitive streak where we're collaborating with each other while helping each other out we're building each other up instead of one person trying to get to pop and another person always has to be at the bottom we're constantly bringing ourselves up you can make study groups TAS are very friendly professors are very open to come NTAs exactly at community college I had never had in today what is the TA is that what's that experience been like for you so tears our teacher assistants they're usually grad students who there's usually one to two per class and they're there to help facilitate discussions if you have a section they'll control that and basically if you have any questions both the professors and TAS are helpful resources to you one thing I noticed was I came in and I was like you know you're gonna have classes of 300 students the professor it's he's not even gonna remember your name but that's not even true you go to the professors you get to know them and they'll remember you and that's a connection that can be helpful for letters of Rex and throughout your academic journey and TAS your teaching assistants also do office hours and office also write letters of rec so that it's really good to utilize those resources and utilize those mentors and point people and if you're really fearful of not feeling accepted like I said UCLA is so accepting of transfers I've never been made feel felt how do I say this I've never been made to feel less than traditional students who enter as freshmen ever like by anyone so that's been my yeah how we save two years of our undergraduate money oh yeah I feel even celebrated and smart financially feasible way of doing it yet competition going because if you have a little bit more the life sciences right stem yeah I wasn't there and I was a bio major and I like always an ongoing event so I took like oh come here and all that stuff I would say there's a little bit more competitiveness in those classes as compared to as some of the other like psychology classes I've taken but it hasn't been like that where it's like like Oh someone's stepping over you or treating you bad in a way of like you know like all those I guess like perceptions someone might have like of how competitive it it is it's more just like most of the classes to the professors are super helpful like they want to see you succeed like when they do the curve there's only a few classes that do the curve in there mostly the stem classes and I think that's when the competitiveness comes in but it's never to the point where it's like gonna hurt you it's more just okay it's there but you're also at a great university and if you put in the work you will succeed that's the bottom line going back a little bit to that kind of question about the transition one thing that we sometimes don't talk about is how different the classroom is from a community college classroom I had a lot of interaction with my community college professors classes were probably 40 tops people in them didn't have TAS what was that like when you first walked into like a pre bio class or one of your first classes what was that experience in the classroom like where you have 300 people all of a sudden and you were trying to find your space in class it's overwhelming I kind of have had like the balance of having that smaller class here and then having those bigger classes and I'm so grateful for the TAS for breaking up those sections and having that little like okay I can breathe I can pass questions because when everyone's like like it specially my o chem class like it was a whole lecture all and all the states would be filled so it's really and I recommend if there's anything you can do any walk into it and you feel overwhelmed connect to the people around you like say like hey my name is this I'm a transfer student like talk to them because the more connected you feel in your class even if it's huge you'll want to come or you'll want to like pay attention more and if you have a question you can ask them and kind of be like okay philosopher faster let's go into office hours together so you do have to make that initiative in those overwhelming classes to just connect with one or two people around you and that's so easy because you're sitting next what one thing I would say is well like you walk into that classroom and you say 300 350 people and you feel like instead of having a name you're just like ID number you're just like a serial number but then you realize as you go in everyone has that exact same feeling so if you're the one you you should be the one break the eyes get to know of people around you you can set up study groups there's so many things that you can do to make your experience worthwhile even in these big classes and I can tell you the professors and the TAS all throughout their classes it's almost like even at Community College where I was connected to professors I'll probably in their office hours even more even over here at UCLA I feel that same energy from professors where they want to help us out I hunt small class I was kind of like this same size is my Community College so it really depends on your major I mean like I said it's beginning I'm an English major um so I've definitely found that it is a diverse group of students – and that'll vary depending on your major like I said or minor if you pick one up so I want to switch I want to talk about resources cause somebody also asked a question about like what resource do you wish you would use or did you find out about your senior year and not know about but one statement about kind of the classroom that we don't talk about it a lot UCLA if you're still on the fence about UCLA UCLA is an r1 research university I had no idea what that meant um when I came here I just kind of wanted to come to UCLA it was like and then I got here is that okay so this thing called of research that you all talk about what is it um so I'm glad that you talked about the classroom research articles journal articles I've never read one before I came here before it's pretty research focused here at UCLA yeah yes yes okay and what did that mean to you having come from the community where you weren't focused on research like what was that shift in your brain did you have to make one that was it a conscious thing of like oh this is not what I thought it was gonna be or how was that for you I mean I would so I am I'm not involved in research um but if you do want to get involved in research there are numerous ways that or you you can but don't feel like you have to be involved in research because even though it is a research university and that's a big reason why professors even work here um you don't have to be involved in research so don't feel like you'll you like will be pressured or that your undergrad experience won't be the same if you don't get involved it's definitely just a personal choice personally for me I'm on a pretty long time so there's not it's not as much research intensive so one thing I can tell you is that I'm so person I'm a psychology major so I've talked to professors and I've been involved in departmental issues so if you're registered on the email list is constantly email blasts telling you about specific conferences or specific research opportunities in your own psychology classes the TAS make may make an announcement they're looking for interns are looking for research assistants and also if you want to for example go to go to research for a specific professor I was actually talking to professor about this they told me you know you go to the professor you might talk to them about some of their research get to know them maybe sit in on some of their research on findings or their experiments and maybe you slide in there that you're interested in doing research and many of the times the professors will be more than open they're looking for people to help them out in research so you just have to take initiative and things will come to you so I've actually even at my Community College I was involved in research is because my like where I'm headed so I there was a lot of research involvement in community college and when I came here it was kind of a different system because I can ecology kind of just like fall into it because it's such a small class and I like hear about it nearly oh I want to do that you talk to them in person it's so easy here it was a little bit of a different process and I found I kind of like got involved in it in my senior year and I got pretty lucky because I had a cognitive science class with one of the research heads and I loved that class that was a class that I was like oh my god I love this I'm so involved in this and it kind of like I was like I wonder like I had so many questions and I was just looking on like the cognitive science UCLA page for potential research labs and stuff like that and I saw his name and I was like you know what I'm gonna take a wild shot and I'm just gonna email him and be like I'm super interested in this I like I want to see what this is about and his lab was on perception and technology like things I'm really interested about and he was like and it was so fast like you can interview me he kind of knew me from class and he was like you know what I'm starting this time this is our experiment if you're interested be there let's do this Wow I love that you did that that's awesome but it's like taking no chances like you know something excites you do it that's like the biggest thing you don't need to know where you're going but if something excites you follow it yeah I love that advice I love it and just there's not one way to do it right exactly shoot your shot I love it all right so real quick one resource that you wish you had used or that you found out about a little too late so that we can prep new transfers of something that they should jump into right away and then I'm going to go into a couple of questions okay so I did not find out about this senior I actually found this about my first year but it's so important that I really want to talk about it tell me so it's catalyst so it's caps so if you have insurance through Ashley and you're kind of involved you get about six to eight sessions I'm not really sure how many what is HAP stand for and psychologically you're gonna hear that we use lots of acronyms so definitely call us on it and then Facebook and I'll tag you in the website a type of website or the Facebook group of that resource but caps Counseling and Psychological Services hands-down fantastic hands-down yeah and I like personally just when I came in it wasn't even like the academic it was more just personalized you know things come up and you don't you can never expect what's coming and kind of just have to kind of roll with the punches and there was a time when I was like oh my god and one of the counselors I had gone into an academic counselor I was just talking to them about like how I wanted to plan things out and they were like you know I can go to caps like they'll help you out and that was a crucial point because I was this close like you know like just kind of crying and I was just and I went in and it kind of like softened me up and it was kind of like you know what it's okay they're gonna help you talk to it and it's free so why not take a part of it and there's nothing like I know there's a lot of emphasis on mental health but there's nothing to be embarrassed about it's more just take a part of it and try it out what are you not hmm and you had mentioned there's lots of health and wellness resources here caps is one and it's very great and if you have insurance through the university or even insurance outside insurance you have a certain amount of sessions with caps I counseling and psychological services but know that as a transfer they often also to drop-in hours at the Transfer Center so even if you can't get in to your sessions through the cat through the caps actual appointment system you're allowed two sessions at the Transfer Center so that's like kind of on the download for transfers but no it's not like so you you actually can have that that's not kind of included in the six sessions so that's a really nice thing just specifically for transfers they know the transmission can be really challenging so they've made a commitment to do hours at the Transfer Center for transfers veterans non-traditional students so that's something that's also great there's also a grit peer to peer coaching program which is a peer coaching program all about health and wellness and resources time management you have a one-on-one peer coach who talks you through stress management time management techniques they can get you to the resources there's also a program called rise it's a new resiliency program that we have here they actually have a center now on campus where they do meditation sessions they do peer networking and one-on-ones they use stress management workshops time management workshops meditation I think I mentioned in yoga it's a really great resource and I can kind of keep listing them but for them health mental health and wellness it's a serious commitment here on campus to it resource so one thing I would say and Heather talked about it is the Transfer Center itself I noticed most transfers are aware that many transfers they might not know about the Transfer Center about so where it is right is in karpov oh you know I do union room 128 you will probably hear us when you enter because I have a loud voice and if I'm in tend to be doing an 8 clap or something fun like that I just in my spare time do a lot of 8 claps so yeah so the use of the UCLA Transfer Center great resource one thing I also say is get on Facebook make sure you're active on Facebook if you don't have an account open an account because exactly Facebook will help you it will tell you about social events going on on campus extracurricular events going on on campus if you need advice related to classes what professors to take or lab you leave in lab opportunities you joined Facebook pages one Facebook page you guys need to join is the UCLA transfer students and I know I believe the commuters also have a Facebook page if you're looking for a perfect so what so two things be aware of the Transfer Center visit visit it Heather's going to be there she's the nicest person and you will learn anything you need any help you need and also open a Facebook and just to get assimilated into the social media culture on campus – there's also Facebook groups according to the class that you think you'll graduate and so I'm a part of the class of 2020 great resource that I recommend using on campus but honestly probably just be financial aid I've gone in numerous times just like to ask questions or to raise any concerns I have and they're so open to questions and sometimes you either have to make an employment in advance but in my experience I've just walked in and I just had to wait like maybe five minutes and then I get my question answered more questions and they're like super nice and they really are able to break things down for you if you're it confused about something on your Bruin bill or your financial aid for the next quarter anything that you may need so definitely go there and they're in Murphy Hall and one really great point with financial aid that a lot of students don't know about this you are actually assigned a financial aid officer who is your personal financial aid officer if you go on to the financial aid website and you look up under staff each staff member has a certain section of the alphabet of last names of the students they oversee so you actually have a person that you can personally send a direct message to through the message center on your my UCLA portal which by the way is your portal into everything everything UCLA honestly it sounds really silly but I would just spend some hours this summer but you're for sure coming here yes right and click on every single tab click on every single tab because it will take you everywhere I mean everything is on there it is the collection of resources at UCLA we also talked about like how do we get everything in one place a little website well guess what it's already there just click on everything because you're going to be surprised what you find but one of the great resources is the message center it can shoot you can shoot emails to college academic counseling to academic advancement program which you're going to talk about in a second to financial aid to your personal financial aid advisor that person oversees your account and you can make an appointment with them and sit down with them to talk used to talk through it we also have a really great financial wellness program here on campus called fwp financial wellness program and that program can has a lot of peer mentor resources they have incredible financial resource guide on their website you can make one-on-one appointments with them to talk about loans to explain your financial aid package to talk about taxes they have tagged to help they help have people who help you fill out your taxes they have discount codes they had workshops on on budgeting on coupons on special deals and websites and apps that are really like help you budget and help you really manage your finances so that's a really great resource as well and then I would also just say I mean there are five gazillion resources at UCLA so even if you're not sure what question to ask start sharing with folks if you're comfortable with it about what it is you're curious about if there's an issue you're having if there's some specific corner of the world that you're curious about I guarantee you there's someone on this campus who can help you with that opportunity or that issue the Career Center is that very underused resource that's incredible and you should use a free graduate because you can there's just there's endless amounts of resources there they're doing a lot of specific events for transfers for first gen students to help prepare you for the transition out of UCLA exfoli fun or not it's kind of get to your transition your first year you're transitioning in and getting your legs and figuring out this University and then your second or your transitioning out and figuring out what life after UCLA is going to look like I know we had a couple of questions about taking on a second major a double major probably minors and switching majors those questions tend to be really common my blanket statement on that is you can take on a double major it's challenging but you just need permission from the two departments that you're thinking of taking the double majors from if they're in different colleges however you can't do that so if you're thinking that you want to major in psychology and also major in in theater and go to the film best school of film and television you're not gonna be able to do that because you aren't we weren't enrolled in both colleges there's a couple of there's a few different colleges under the umbrella of the university but if you're a psychology major and you're thinking of double majoring in something like Poli Sci or something that's in the let a College of Letters and Sciences that is doable you just have to start early you'll want to meet with a counselor your first quarter here and let them know that that's your plan you need to get permission from both departments and usually you have to fill out some fulfill some prerequisites or even some forms and some applications that might be required depending on the major each major is slightly different did anybody here double major no did anybody take on a minor lots of transfers take on minors it's really easy to take on minors especially stem majors a little more challenging because stem majors you're gonna need to take more classes to fulfill your requirements but for Humanities and social science majors double majors and minors are completely completely doable because you have room in your schedule to take extra electives to take extra courses so know that that's something that is absolutely in the cards for you you can do study abroad programs that work kind of as minors you can do research that you can get class credit for and you can take on minors or take electives and other things you're interested in there is time for that one thing I also notice is sometimes people might be confused because they get in so I'm a psychology major many people might get in as a pre psychology major so one thing to note about that is if you get in for a pre like a pre psych major for example once you're admitted into the school and you have to finish a certain number of classes so if you're a psych major you complete psycho Norte and psych hundred B and then you submit a major verification form to your specific department and that's how you become a psych major for example that's I believe that that's how it would work what most yeah with almost all majors especially from humanities and Social Sciences you usually are entered as free and it just means you have to take those four higher courses they can be challenging they want to make sure that you're really serious about being a psych major or or whatever your chosen major is so just know that everyone's usually having to go through that process and yeah you would probably have to do that if you are taking on a double major perfect we're gonna wrap it up thank you all for watching thank you to our student panels thank you and if you are admitted and you want to learn a little bit more about what are the next steps I drowned I myself we're going to be joining you soon so we're gonna be doing a presentation for next steps at 5:00 p.m. so in the next half an hour we're just prepping but it's gonna be a really short next person teacher about like 15 minutes everything you need to do for the next class so everything that is more critical so we hope too that you can to an end later on but thank you to our students and [Laughter]

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