Basically, for all you non college students/people that go to colleges that don't have this, it's basically welcome week, where you are all moved in, but classes don't start until Thursday so you're free to do whatever, including the various activities put on by the school.
Last year, I spent zero week making friends up in Hedrick and hanging out with them before actually getting to know the people I lived near. I was lucky though, I had an amazing RA who enthusiastically put on several events that eventually made our floor inseparable. In fact, I spent a good portion of this zero week with my former floormates. After walking from Veteran to Kerckhoff on a daily basis before school started, the apartments no longer seemed so far. So right from the beginning, it was reunion after reunion.
I think my favorite part of the day was going to Costco though. Because shopping at Costco in full college student mode is simply hilarious/slightly concerning.
my rant on dorm food
And the worst part? The extremely easy access to delicacies of every cuisine right off campus. And the whole poor college student situation. Not that it's ever stopped me. Let's just say, I think I went to a dining hall once during the whole week..? Westwood+SM+Sawtelle will be the death of me.
Where do I look for internships? The world wide web, guys. It holds everything you'll ever need. Application after application, redesigning my resume, writing cover letter after cover letter until it became mechanical, and setting up interviews. I don't even know why I went through the motions of it all when I knew all along, deep down inside, that I would not be able to do an internship this quarter. But hey, practice right? And now I have contacts for next quarter! Fingers crossed that I'm actually getting better at these cover letter things and at interviews... note to self: purchase more business clothes so you don't wear the same thing every day.
looking ahead: sophomore year preview
3rd street is like UCLA's local mall. Not very many colleges can say that their local mall is where tourists flock, is a five minute walk away from the beach, has a famous pier, amazing food, street performers, dinosaur sculptures, and is just a 50 cent bus ride away from campus. It's a easy escape from the stress of being on campus, useful for retail therapy, and brings back the memories of summer 2012. I think I'll be here quite often this year, regardless of whether I end up interning here.
Perks of working for the school newspaper: you always know what's going on. yes, even if you are not a reporter. knowledge by osmosis. it happens.
THANK YOU FOR SENDING US A HAVEN IN THE HEART OF CAMPUS. That's right. Wolfgang Puck is officially open in our very own Ackerman Union. It's all the hype being the first place on campus allowed to sell alcohol, but let's be real for a moment here, it's all bout that FOOD. Fast take out for late shifts? A lunch date on campus that feels like it's not on campus? (well, until you step out and smell Panda Express and want to cry). It's been two weeks and I've gone twice. Inevitable. And I'll be broke soon.
And now I'm ready to pass out from stress/stairs/work/studying/lack of sleep.
#abruinbred over and out