I could not be more excited for the amazing opportunity I have been presented with this quarter at UCLA. On Mondays and Wednesdays, I have an hour and twenty minute space between my classes. This break is too long to get any significant amount of work done, and it’s also too short to walk home. During the time between classes I’ve decided to take make expeditions into South Campus.
With the exception of the free knapsack I got during freshman orientation, this extremely awkward time gap is the greatest thing UCLA has ever given me. I can’t wait to spend a quarter exploring this foreign land, meeting new friends, trying new foods, and who knows, maybe even discovering myself along the way.
To keep my family and friends updated on all my adventures, I’m going to be keeping a travel blog. The only reason I’m doing it is because it’s just too much effort to email, plus I need a constant supply of validation. I will only post the links to new posts on my Facebook, because my grandma just joined social media, and she’s always begging me to take more selfies. I have to go finish packing, but the next post will be up early this week!
My Packing List:
– Diet Coke
First 10 Minutes: After a grueling Scandinavian 50 lecture, I walked towards South Campus. I arrived at The Gate: the tunnel between the Math and Sciences building. I dropped my Herschel backpack, and almost collapsed. I needed a diet Coke, but I wondered if they would even have that here. I looked around for someone who could give me directions. I scanned the throngs of people, searching for a familiar frat tank or sorority tote. For as far as the eye could see, I couldn’t find one of my Greek brothers or sisters. I had a feeling that this wasn’t going to be as easy as I had thought.
10 Minutes Later: I’m sitting on a bench, finally enjoying a diet Coke that I found in a vending machine. I’m breathing in this new campus. The ancient buildings, the whir of a razor scooter whipping by; it’s scary and invigorating at the same time. I can feel myself getting lost in this place.
1 hour later: I’ve been here for one hour now, and it’s really starting to hit me that I am going to be on South Campus for an hour and twenty minutes every Monday and Wednesday for the rest of the quarter. I’ll admit, I’m starting to feel a little homesick.
I was sitting on a bench outside of the Bomb Shelter scrolling through Instagram, when I noticed that everyone around me was doing work. I wondered what that must be like…it wasn’t until my quarter “abroad” that I saw people at UCLA actually doing work.
I guess I didn’t realize how privileged I was as an English major. While watching these people work so hard, frantically typing, shuffling papers, and drinking coffee, I realized that I would never be able to understand what they went through as a South Campus student at UCLA.
Here are some unfiltered pictures of the of South Campus students, if you look closely you can see their entire life story in their eyes.
They definitely give me more than I give them.
They make my problems feel so small.
They remind me to find the beauty in everything around me.