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UCSD in Pictures

astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
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Six years ago, I was in the same position as many of you -- trying to make sense of the handfuls of college acceptance letters while trying to survive (and enjoy!) the last semester of high school. I had my choice of all the UCs to pick from, but in the end I decided I thought that San Diego offered the most for what I wanted in my college adventure: academics (new, yet strong, research in the life sciences) and adventure (c'mon, the city's a vacation destination).

I put together a photo album from some of my UCSD experiences. It's by no means complete, but I had to edit out a few parts for concerns of privacy and legal matters. Feel free to browse and leave comments and/or requests, I'll try to update it with whatever else I can dig out of my computer folders.

I'm also happy to answer whatever questions you have about the school, my major, my college, and other things I can address (but do your research! The archives are there for a reason.) My hope is that you'll find UCSD as great a place as I think it is!


My stats in a nutshell
- Revelle College and proud ditcher of the Hum sequence (only H1-3 @ UCSD)
- Chemistry/Biochemistry major, graduated in 3 1/2 years (2006)
- Chemistry MS, graduated 2007
- Lived on campus two years: first in Blake Hall, second in Pepper Canyon Apt
- Learned to surf, skateboard, and scuba-dive at UCSD
- Was carless freshman year only. It's much nicer having a car around. Not mandatory, but REALLY nice.
- TAed undergrad chem and biochem labs and lectures for 12 quarters (if you're a chem major, I can answer pretty much anything you throw at me.)
- researched on-campus junior & senior year
- worked at a huge biotech company senior & master's year. (my company made viagra, but i didn't)
- best SunGod approach: malibu rum in Jamba Juice
- worst SunGod experience: junior year, writing a lab report due at midnight.
- best memories: crowding 10 people onto a pair of bunk beds for weekly "24" episodes, krispy kreme runs for the floor of 40 freshmen who were up writing hum papers due in 6 hours, meteor showers at the cliffs and pier, flip flops all year round, throwing snowball fights from lab ice machines, getting taught to surf (and, uh, 420) by my research advisors, grabbing beers with professors at porter's pub, countless trips to vegas, and many more.
- currently: in new york, at columbia pursuing a PhD in biochemistry
edited April 2012
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  • eric_123456eric_123456 236 replies61 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    wow...I live in northern california and have visited berkeley and davis many times. After seeing lots of the UCSD campus pictures theres no comparison. UCSD looks really great.
    Thank you astrina for the great pictures!
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  • astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    yeah, i'm originally from sacramento. i'll have to agree with you :)
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  • koolaznpygmykoolaznpygmy 233 replies86 postsRegistered User Member
    are you serious the ucsd campus pales in comparison to berkeley and davis...
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  • superlazersuperlazer 22 replies0 postsRegistered User New Member
    Thank you for the great pictures! :D
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  • IlikeDiceIlikeDice 549 replies29 postsRegistered User Member
    davis was crap. never seen berkeley. i'd much prefer to attend UCSD over davis any day.
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  • east coastereast coaster 25 replies3 postsRegistered User New Member
    astrina..hoping you might help us..we live in NY (where you mention you now are)..my D was accepted to UCSD as a theatre major..she visited the campus last year and fell in love with it..she's also been accepted to NYU/Tisch..among some other schools..from what you've heard..does UCSD have a good theatre dept?..also what you you think about ERC (where she's been placed).. thanks so much..
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  • astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I haven't dealt much with the theatre department, minus the few dance classes that I've taken in their space. I'd encourage your D to go check out the school again for herself -- this time, maybe arranging to talk with professors, find some current students, observe some classes, etc. But at first glance, I would pick Tisch; the wealth of opportunities for theatre and acting are SO much more plentiful in the city!
    As for ERC, they have some awesome dorms (albeit a little far compared to the other colleges). If she's a theatre major, then that would definitely be the best college ... at least in terms of general college philosophy and GE requirements.
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  • jmilton90jmilton90 557 replies4 postsUser Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    wow...I live in northern california and have visited berkeley and davis many times. After seeing lots of the UCSD campus pictures theres no comparison. UCSD looks really great.
    Thank you astrina for the great pictures!

    is this sarcasm? I couldn't figure it out.
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  • east coastereast coaster 25 replies3 postsRegistered User New Member
    astrina..thank you so much for the information!!..I, too would think Tisch would be the best bet for her..but talking to people on campus at SD would certainly be helpful for her..she's still waiting to hear from UCLA..do you know anyone who studied theatre/acting there?? Are you a Californian? hope you're enjoying NYC...
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  • astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    All the theatre people I knew were from high school, and they eagerly escaped to New York for places like Tisch and Barnard. I attended a few shows from the Theatre Dept at UCSD, and they seemed like a lively group (wouldn't be able to give any critiques on performances though).

    Yup, I'm a native Californian -- raised in Sacramento and San Diego for college. Save for the weather, NYC is a pretty neat place to be!
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  • collegemom16collegemom16 4045 replies212 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    I agree Astrina I LOVE NYC. I could live there in a heartbeat.
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  • MoreThanWordsMoreThanWords 77 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Those pictures gave me a brief summary of UCSD life. Thanks!
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  • i_losei_lose 568 replies21 postsRegistered User Member
    Haha, nice mortorboard (sp?) for graduation. Looks like it's DDT (am I right? I wrote a fantastic 10 page paper on it), except why is there an extra H bonded to the C? I thought C can only bond 4 times. :P
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  • astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    yeah, that's my friend sam's mortarboard -- she was, appropriately, an environmental chem major. i pointed out that pentavalent carbon to her before taking the picture, and she said that it was on the wrong carbon -- it's supposed to be on the carbon with the duck. :)

    nice noticing though! i'm impressed!!

    (and while we're at it, can you identify the molecule on mine? it's the next picture)
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  • bman14bman14 496 replies92 postsRegistered User Member
    sorry for asking, but do u mind telling us what your undergrad gpa was? its pretty crazy how u graduated in 3.5 years and ended up at columbia grad school..
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  • astrinaastrina 3007 replies22 postsRegistered User Senior Member
    my undergrad GPA was 3.47, and i ended up getting an MS in chemistry to rake in additional coursework/research and my GPA from that was 3.80.

    graduate programs in my field are usually less concerned with your GPA than professional schools (medicine, dental, law, etc), because they're training you to be good researchers rather than good lecture-regurgitating monkeys. also, there are many factors they consider (see below if you're interested) when doing admissions, so no need to worry. :)

    - GPA, both overall and in the sciences
    - general and subject GRE scores (it's basically the SATs)
    - preparation in coursework: any grad-level courses taken?
    - ***preparation for research: how much? where? ability to think independently? poster presentations? publications in peer-reviewed journals?
    - letters of rec from research advisors
    - interview performance
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  • AllDayAllDay 79 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    hmm... I may have to seriously consider UCSB after seeing the state of UCSD in these pics
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  • rosiebeerosiebee 82 replies2 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    AllDay- I personally much prefer UCSD's campus over UCSB (though I do know people who feel the opposite) so don't make decisions before you actually visit them. Neither campuses are what I would call beautiful. But i felt that UCSD was much more comfortable and clean.
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  • AllDayAllDay 79 replies5 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    dont worry, ill be sure to visit both of them ;)
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  • macattack510macattack510 47 replies1 postsRegistered User Junior Member
    Astrina, im deciding whether to do the biochemistry/cell biology or biochemistry/chemistry majors. Is there a difference between the type of biochemistry classes you take I know the classes are in different departments. Seems like the chemistry path goes more in depth. I'm trying to avoid P-chem :) because of the horror stories I've heard but at the same time I want to get the best possible education in biochemistry while keeping my gpa high. (pre-dental student and transferring next year from a CC)
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