<p>So I've officially spent my first week eating, sleeping, showering, studying, and living at UCLA. Now, for those of you who are either doing TSP or session C summer school here's a few things I think you can expect.</p>
<p>If you are in Rieber Hall this place was just renovated and everything is very nice. Bathrooms, carpet, and rooms are spic-n-span. Also, if you are assigned to Rieber Hall you can only eat at Hedrick's cafeteria/resturaunt or Rendevous (For the summer each hall is assigned to a specific eating place... kinda lame). The food is alright; I'd give it a "B". There is a lot of things that could make you fat as hell here if you don't control yourself (e.g. the ice cream bar and pastry bakery located in Hedrick). Also, the food is served buffet style so every meal period you swipe your bruin card you have as many times as you want to go back for another helping. Here's a little story about what happened with my dining experience this morning:</p>
<p>Since I moved in I've had a really bad sleeping and eating schedule. I end up sleeping from 4pm-8pm, waking up and staying up until 1:30am, going to sleep until 7am, and then wake up and go to class, discussion, and office hours from 8am on. Needless to say I've missed a few meals over the past week. Anyways, I missed dinner last night and woke up early this morning starving and went to get breakfast. They had an "omlet bar" at Hedrick so I had them make me an omlet; however, I noticed that the lady preparing my food used an entire ladle full of vegetable oil mixed with another ladle full of imitation egg (egg substitute?) to make my omlet. I was TOO hungry to care or say anything, so I just moved on ahead and chowed down... 15min later walking back to my room I puked everything up in the bushes and have felt like $hit ever since.</p>
<p>So the moral of the story is to really pay attention and make sure that what they are serving you is ACTUALLY food. This is not to say that all the food is like this. There are much better options, so slow down, take your time, and check out everything that is being served during that period. I think this link will really help you figure out what you're going to eat and when your going to eat it:
UCLA</a> - Dining Services</p>
<p>The people here are generally nice. Everyone that I have asked "Where's this...?" or "How do I...?" has been more than happy to help. However, a lot of the people here are either really stand off-ish or don't seem to have sharp social skills. Consequently, that whole illusion about residence halls being really social is a myth. NOBODY talks to each other on my floor and EVERYBODY keeps their doors closed. As you walk down the halls people typically stare at the floor or at their phone to avoid eye contact with you, and most people are listening to their ipods so you can't really start random conversation or small talk with them. Despite this, I keep my door open, I make eye contact with, smile at, and say "hello" to everyone I come in contact with, I have walked around and introduced myself to the people on my floor, and I have walked up to complete strangers and asked if I could eat with them. I am sure a lot of people have thought I'm really strange for doing this, but I've met some really chill people already who want to have as good of a time as I do. =) </p>
<p>FYI: My neighbor said that the stand off-ishness of people right now is NOT at all how it is during the regular academic year.</p>
<p>Next couple of quick topics:
1) It takes me 20 min to walk to class and even if it's cold outside when you leave your room it would be wise not to wear pants or a sweater because you end up sweating by the time you get to where your going.
2) I'm taking a single class right now and the rate that we are going over the material is warp speed! So if you are taking over 6 units in one session may God have mercy on your GPA.
3) Triple rooms here in Rieber Hall are quite spacious... I brought my guitar amplifier! =)
4) The school will not lease you a refrigerator for your room unless you have a medical condition, so buy your own if you were planning having fridge.
5) Go exploring through Westwood village! There's actually some cool little places to eat that are pretty good and cheap.
6) Reiber hall has a foosball, ping-pong, and pool table on the ground floor, if you didn't know that.</p>
<p>Overall, I have found that UCLA kicks ass! Sure there are some things and people here that can rub you the wrong way, but that's life. I can only imagine things getting better than they already are here and I'm totally stoked! I haven't checked out the JW center or the recreation center yet but I'm going to tomorrow, so I'll let you know. </p>
<p>Also, I'll be checking CC over the weekend so if you have any particulars to ask me, go right ahead.</p>