Most students go to class via "bruinwalk," a long hilly path (well, larger than a path) that connects the "hill" where the dormitories are located, and the main school campus. Strolling down "bruinwalk" one may notice that: 1. Most UCLA students are from California: Being an international student, I am overwhelmed by the sheer number of Californians. Not that I'm complaining, but anytime I meet someone out of state, or shock! out of the country, I feel like I found something of a rarity, well, statistically, we international students are something of a rarity. The out of state-rs and the international students share one strong common feeling and that is the feeling of being robbed, or having our blood sucked out, as we pay roughly three times more tuition than a Californian would, and frequently receive no financial aid whatsoever. But of course, if you are from California, UCLA is a great school that happens to be relatively cheap. Case in point; my roommate, who hails from "Nor-Cal Baby" states that the best thing about UCLA is that while being a great school (like a public ivy), she can afford it comfortably, which makes UCLA "hella cool." Sticking to money matters, there is a great variety in students' economic backgrounds. Many receive and need some form of financial aid, whether in scholarships, loans or through work-study. Some students struggle to put themselves through UCLA and are constantly working, while many others drive around in their BMWs and are sustained by parental support. 2. UCLA - University of Caucasians Lost among Asians: I'm from Hong Kong, so I'm used to Asians. BUT, many students have told me that they experienced something called a "culture shock," which I am unacquainted with, becuase they had apparently never seen so many Asians in one place before. 3. There are three (a possible fourth) dress codes, and people tend to generally fall into one of three categories or somewhere in between - a. I like to wear jeans and my UCLA sweatshirt everyday. I sometimes go to my early morning classes in my pajamas, this way, I have the option of falling straight back into bed when I return to my dorm room. I only own flip-flops. Recently though, it's been cold so I like to wear UGG boots. b. I like to look good for class. My outfits make no logical sense; sometimes, even though it is really cold, I like to wear my really short jean skirt with my UGG boots and a lacy tank top. I wear a lot of perfume/cologne. I adore Abercrombie and Fitch. c. I like to dress hip for class. I wear super skinny jeans with really brightly colored, tight hoodies, or sometimes blazers. I like converse sneakers. I like to grow facial hair, and hell, the hair on my head can grow long too! (d. I have no idea what I'm wearing, and obviously have no awareness.)
There are all kinds of groups on campus. Groups for different ethnicities, groups for different interests, groups supporting different sexual orientations. I feel like there is a group for everyone here. I'm not really sure if there is anyone who would feel out of place here, except for maybe people from a smaller town. Los Angeles is a big place, and there's always a lot going on. Students from all different backgrounds can be seen interacting all the time. Sometimes this can lead to debates between different groups, such as between Palestinian and Israeli students. Sometimes these debates don't really solve anything, but often, I feel that the interaction between the different student groups helps give the students a better understanding of each other, as well as of different cultures and viewpoints. One of my professors discussed the UCLA dress code not too long ago. Basically everyone just walks around in t-shirts, jeans, and flip-flops or sneakers all the time. Most UCLA students are from SoCal. However, there are a considerable number of kids from Northern California, and a sprinkling of kids from out of state. As far as financial backgrounds go, I feel like they kind of span the spectrum, but of course there is a more prominent number of kids from the middle class. Students here are pretty much equally divided between the left and the right, although there seems to be a bit more to the left. Many of the students are actively interested in politics. I have never heard anyone discussing how much they'll earn one day.
UCLA is known for its diversity. Well, that and it's Asians, but mostly for its diversity. I only mention the Asian population because I came from an area of Southern California lacking a strong Asian population, so it was a bit of a culture shock, but a good one. The great thing about being at a school where there are so many types of people is that you can't help but get along. If someone harbored racial or another type of tension toward another group, he/she would have nowhere to turn because of the extensive diversity. I experienced the environment first-hand in my own room, where one of my roommates was a Japanese bisexual atheist bio major from about 15 minutes away from where I lived, and the other roommate was a debating conservative Vietnamese physics major from San Jose. Personally, I'm a flaming art-minded liberal Jewish guy who is undecided on major but knows he's going to live in a box in due time. The thing is, we have become good friends and get along great. People of all socio-economic, religious, sexual, racial, and cultural backgrounds learn and interact together on campus, and it makes UCLA a better place. People are generally very active; you'll see student groups on Bruin walk every day advertising another event, activist organizations pushing for another cause, or people debating another intellectual topic or controversy.
UCLA pats itself on the back for its campus diversity, but there are very few non-athlete minorities at ucla. That being said however, there are clubs and social outlets for pretty much any group imaginable. Obviously, the asian population is huge and can be a bit overwhelming, especially in South campus science/math courses. UCLA students dont seem super rich or overly pretentious oppose to private school colleges (USC). Most students dress really casually to class, a lot of sandals, hats, ugg boots, the normal. Like every other school ive ever been to or seen, people generally stick with their own kind. I think thats the good and bad about so much emphasis on Multi-culturalism. Its cool to identiyt with gay Fillipinos, but if you only talk to other Gay Filipinos, whats the point of diverty? but, athletes talk to athletes, greeks to greeks, jews to jews, latinos to latinos...Most students are from California. Students are politivally active and the campus and professors is definitely Left. But, this isnt the 60s and for the most part, rallies and the like only attract weirdos. I havent found that students talk about how much theyll earn...
Everyone on campus seems to be open-minded. I've never come across anyone who does not accept of another's circumstances. I don't feel anyone would feel out of place, almost every person manages to find a niche in college! This is where young people really develop themselves! Casual is the key here, since campus is rather hill-y, I opt to wear comfortable shoes - but I have seen people more dressed up, specifically the business students. Some extremely lazy people roll in to class in their pajamas and of course, sports gear is quite common. UCLA consists of a large population of commuters (local Angelenos) and resident students. Being a commuter though, I don't know what resident student life is like - I'm sure it's great! Of the students I talk to, all are politically aware and active. The majority are left/center but there is a population of right wing students. No one talks about their future earnings, most are too caught up in the busy student lives they lead in the present. UCLA runs on quarters and so it keeps things moving at a rapid pace, it's nice to move so quickly but it doesn't allow for too much time to daydream!
this school is seriously so huge with such a wide range of personalities, heritages, and socio-economic backgrounds that I think everyone would find a niche that they fit cozily in. My understanding of others has increased dramatically since entering UCLA. Through my dance team, sorority, and clubs on campus, I've met so many people with different backgrounds- definitely an experience I would have been deprived of if i went to a small private school or stayed in Illinois. What do students wear to class? the fashion here on campus is pretty representative of the diversity on campus- you may see someone wearing sweatpants and a baggy t shirt sitting right next to someone wearing a belted dress and heals in a lecture. Although I personally am not into politics, a lot of people I know are, and there are clubs for supporters of each party. There are debates held on campus that anyone can attend. Like i've said before- you get what you give at this school, so you need to take advantage of all the free events (cause boy, are there a lot of them).
UCLA's student body is comprised of a very diverse group of students hailing from all backgrounds and nationalities. While the campus is comprised primarily by the Asian and white ethnicities, the campus is so large that there exists a group for someone of every background. The vast majority of UCLA students are extremely tolerant and can best be described politically as socially liberal, with various economic political views. Greek life plays an important part in most socializing, parties primarily, for students, especially first- and second-years, but many other influences such as student clubs and fellow employees offer a vast array of social options. Due to UCLA's proximity to Hollywood, most students are fashionably sensible if not completely up to date on the various going-ons of nearby celebrities. Compared to most campuses, the UCLA students are generally more studious than partiers, but a nice balance is reached for most groups.
UCLA is an incredibly diverse campus, and the vast majority of students, faculty, and staff all celebrate the cultural, ethnic, spiritual, and economic diversity of everyone on campus. Oddly enough, the students who tend to feel out of place are those who don't belong to some sort of group, and in a sense feel too normal by not having a special trait to bond over. Students dress very casually during class, and people are always friendly and outgoing. UCLA students are primarily from California, but there are many out of state and international students as well. Some people are financially independent, but nearly everyone relies on financial support of some kind. Students are somewhat political, especially with the upcoming election. People are predominantly social democrats, opposing economic freedom but favoring some personal freedom. Students focus not on how much they'll earn one day, but on what they want to do with their lives.
The student body is very diverse, but you definitely do see a lot more Asians and White students on campus. UCLA prides itself on inclusivity and diversity (especially up in the dorms where the majority of freshman/sophomores live), so there's a student organization for everything: race, religion, LGBT, interest, health, philanthropy, community service, etc. You make the best of your experience, so if you want to get involved, then you must be willing to put yourself out there and find those student groups that suits/interests you best. These groups can develop into your circle of friends and become the group that you hang out with the most. The diversity at UCLA also gives you a chance to interact with a wide range of other students; most people here are very friendly. Students here come from everywhere, but the majority are from Norcal and Socal.
I am Jewish yet I havent found the time to align myself with any jewish orginizations yet. The campus is very diverse and it has groups in any possible thing you can imagine. I see students from every race and religion constantly interacting and providing each other with the necessary tools for success. There is no chance that a student will feel out of place as long as they know what they are in search of. Most students that I've been in contact with are either local (southern california) or from northern california so they have alot on common. In terms of poitics, I think there is an interesting divide among leftists and rightists; they seem to clash alot during rallies, events, etc. but nothing ever gets out of hand and it all comes down to personal opinion. Everyone hear has such powerful ambitions that they don't let any obstacles stop them.