hey guys it’s Mickey and today I’m gonna talk about how I got into the UCLA School of Nursing and. if you didn’t already know I am currently a fourth year undergraduate nursing student at UCLA and. I’m going to talk a little bit about the application process and the things that I think contributed to making my application successful at UCLA. before we sort of delve into it there are two different ways that you can get admitted into UCLA into the Bachelors of Science in Nursing program and. those students two different ways are to one get admitted as a freshman applicant where they accept 40 different students and the second one is to apply as a transfer student which they accept 10 students into and. personally I completed high school a year and a half early and I spent that time taking prerequisite courses at a community college and transfer into UCLA but I’ll be talking about both paths because they are very similar. the first thing I don’t talk about is grades. for obvious reasons grades are a very big part of your application they talk sort of about how you perform in school also present what courses and subjects that you might excel in and. sort of going along with that is test scores and. for the most recent year in 2016 the freshman statistics at the 75th percentile is a 4.0 GPA unweighted in a CT of 34 and an SAT of 2254 transfer students you can see a very specific breakdown for each school and. within the School of Nursing there were 183 applicants for 10 spots making it a 5 percent acceptance rate. if you’re applying as a transfer applicants are pre requisite courses that you need to finish before you can transfer to UCLA and. these courses include things like general chemistry organic chemistry biology anatomy and physiology as well as calculus and there are also sort of recommended courses that are not required but highly highly recommended. these classes include things like communications as well as psych and microbiology I personally took all of them and I would highly highly recommend that you do. as well because it shows how much you want to go to UCLA nursing specifically and that you took the initiative to go above and beyond and if you’re in high school I would still encourage you to take these classes if you have the opportunity to do. the second thing is extracurricular activities. what should you be doing in your time outside of school outside of studying. one great thing that I would recommend to do is shadowing if you have the opportunity shadow a nurse and this will show that you took the initiative to understand the role of a nurse beyond what is sort of superficially seen other than that some other extracurriculars would be to volunteer definitely I would highly recommend that you accumulate at least over a hundred service hours in sort of any area that you please. whether that’s volunteering for the Red Cross Club Key Club whatever it is that you’re passionate about I would encourage you to volunteer for them and hopefully beyond just volunteering you would also create your own service project or show some way that you took leadership instead of just being a regular volunteer which leads into my next point of leadership. leadership is. so important it speaks to you know how you can influence others and your team working abilities and shows that you have the ability to implement and create things on your own I would highly encourage you to do research if you have the opportunity in high school once you go to college you will realize that there are many many Nursing Research Projects and. getting a head start on seeing what that process is like is great and then over the summer participate in any sort of internships that are health-related as you can some people take classes over the summer but I would highly recommend that you take the time to do an internship or travel something that shows what you do outside of the classroom okay. the final part that I’m going to talk about is the actual application. applying as a freshman or transfer there are two parts to this application. the first part is the general if you see app that require is required to apply to any UC. once you complete that for the School of Nursing specifically you also need to fill out a second supplemental app and. the Supplemental app includes things like two different letters of recommendation. make sure you have those prepared and a personal statement as well and then also it’s sort of for transfer students includes a grid talking about which prerequisite courses you took what grade you got in them and then whether you took the recommended courses and. essentially with the application cycle you send all these materials in between September to November and then I received my application decision in April of the following year I am. happy to be at the UCLA School of Nursing and would HIGHLY encourage anybody interested to apply as well. 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hey everyone and welcome back to my channel if you’re new here my name is Sienna I make videos every weekend and you should definitely hit that button down there and subscribe. today’s video is going to be about the top 10 things I learned during my first year at college I just finished my freshman year at Harvard. I’m going to be a sophomore I grew more in my freshman year at college that I did in probably all your high school combined like it’s really an intense environment I just want to put that out there like no matter where you go to school or like if you’re moving across the country like I did or you’re just like going to your home University College is like a big deal and it’s kind of scary sometimes and you’re gonna learn. much. I just wanted to compile a list of like top 10 things that I learned these are like the real 10 big things that I had to kind of deal with during my freshman year you see me looking down my phone I put all my notes on here. sorry about that I like had to have a script for this. the first thing that I learned is that relatability and authenticity goes a super long way everyone tries to act like they have it together but inside they’re really just as frustrated scared angry upset anxious sad you name it as you are. if you can connect on that level that goes a huge way with people the best relationships that I formed in college were based on that and not based on like the superficial stuff like you all have social media you’re gonna know each other through social media but in your in-person interactions like you’re gonna connect on the level of like haven’t showered in three days and you know what I have a paper tomorrow that I haven’t written yet people are struggling just as much as you are and especially at a place like Harvard like I know that there’s this idea that like everyone who goes there is perfect and we don’t have real-world problems and like all the stuff but just totally false people there are just like any other college students they’re still stressed they still have fun they still go out they still do everything that normal college students do they didn’t really make mistakes they really struggle with basic things like you did you just make a lot of stupid mistakes in college like everyone regardless of where you go. like people are not perfect especially if you go to a very competitive school like Harvard you’re constantly gonna feel like you’re not enough and like you’re not doing enough and they call it like impostor syndrome and it’s actually very real and you feel like you don’t measure up and you’re like an impostor in your environment because you feel like you aren’t enough I’ve definitely felt that literally everyone has felt that before for Harvard specifically everyone is used to being the top of their class the gifted child like all of that and then you get to school and everyone gets thrown together and everyone is the best of everything and it’s really scary because you’re not gonna get every club you’re not gonna get every class you apply for you’re not gonna get every internship you’re not gonna get every job that’s just a reality that you have to deal with rejection very early on college I found that like you really have to work for things and things aren’t handed to you at all you’re. individual in college and it’s. easy to get diverted from the path that you’re on. you really have to learn how to stay true to yourself and I’m still working on that I haven’t fully learned that yet you don’t want to let other people’s experiences to find your own I had to learn to view my success like more internally to and rather than externally. not am I making good grades do I look like a success to other people is my social media good enough like all about focusing more on like am i surrounding myself with good people that really make me happy and bring out the best version of myself am I actually happy like when I get up in the morning do I feel energized or do I just feel like blood do I really enjoy what I’m doing you know am I being the best version of myself that I could possibly be right now for myself not for anyone else that was like one of the biggest lessons that’s why I’m starting with it first – this one’s about academics you do not have to pull a single all-nighter in college especially in a place like Harvard you literally do not have to do that doesn’t matter what your major is good time management is going to save you learn when you work best for me that’s really really early in the morning once I had about like 10:00 p.m. my productivity just plummets. I know people who do their best work at 3:00 a.m. that’s fine like you can do that in college you find when you work best and make sure you’re working at that time. for me I needed to go to bed early on weeknights in order to get up early and do school. I would actually plan my classes later. that I could get up in the morning and do my work for them because I knew that I would be more productive in the morning than in the afternoon know what time you work best and work during that time it’s simple this also goes with this point but study smarter instead of harder there is a huge huge huge difference this is something that I had to learn I’m still learning it. studying smarter means make sure you’re prepared make sure you’re organized make sure you good mental space though somewhere quiet where you study well for me I literally like to lock myself in like meeting rooms that’s when I do my best work. find an environment like that and just go I would turn my phone off literally turn it off stick it in your bag and make it very hard for you to get it don’t social study don’t half-ass it I would sometimes be like hey like I really want to see friends but I also want to study. why don’t I combine both and then instead of studying for three hours and seeing friends for three hours and having fun well let’s do both for six hours and then I would just be in the library on my phone talking to friends joking and barely getting any work done but it wasn’t really fun because I still felt like I was doing school and. many people do that guys I’ll only tell you like even elite institutions people don’t know how to study that’s a fact like this might have worked for you in high school but it definitely does not work for you in college now I don’t know why people are struggling. hard to get this or that they think that like more hours equals more done it just really does not think they should have like a master class as soon as you enter college on time management and productivity and how to study smarter because it is a huge time saver academics are tough right they kick your ass but you don’t have to sacrifice your life the third thing I learned was how to plan I literally learned how to plan everything there is a joke at Harvard that students are. attached their Google calendars that will literally compare them be like ooh who has a busier Google Calendar if this goes back to time management but planning is key I use a Google Calendar which is my baby and then a daily planner I use one by day designer because it helps you plan out literally every single day and as much detail as possible and I love both the best thing that I learned about like organization and scheduling was schedule your free time to literally schedule everything as soon as you get an assignment a task I’m meeting anything like what it in your calendar and then what I would do is everyday flesh out basically what was happening that day and take your to-do list instead of just having a list of like super long to Do’s actually put it into your calendar. I’d say okay from 2:00 to 4:00 I’m working on my essay my goal is to get a rough track if I don’t get a rough draft in that time I’m gonna move on to something else because I’m not gonna let one thing occupy my entire day. even if I’m super stressed about this paper and I haven’t gotten it done I’m gonna make sure everything else gets done and then during those times I would make sure not to do anything else like even if there was like a random email popped up that I should respond to I wouldn’t respond to it and last it was time for emails I think it’s called time blocking and it’s. effective like please guys do it trust me it’s gonna change your life this is one of the hardest things I had to learn is that people are going to disappoint you a lot a lot a lot it’ll be your closest friends it’ll be your mentors it’ll be your family it’ll be yourself like a lot everyone is flawed the ability to see the flaws in the people around you and love them and be accepting and encouraging of their growth and their journey with those flaws is what’s gonna make great relationships and that was something I really struggled with because I am a perfectionist and I demand perfection from myself and most people in my life around me and just realizing the people are human especially it’s the first year of college like people are struggling they have. much of their own stuff going on that you don’t even know about give everyone the benefit the doubt like everyone’s trying as hard as they can and there’s. much about people that you don’t know there’s. much about me that I haven’t shared with you guys like I haven’t shared of people at school like there’s. much that people don’t know that goes on behind the scenes or like at home it’s really really tough and you need to treat people without knowing that but understanding that they are going through a lot regardless and accepting their flaws like this is what makes for great relationships you know romantic relationships it also makes for great friendships. it’s supporting someone with their flaws like recognizing that that is a flaw sharing your own flaws and then not faulting them when that flaw here’s just supporting them in their growth and in their journey and you know loving them not to spite them but in addition to that okay number five taking care of my health and the environment became a huge priority for me and one of the biggest things that I learned was that I’m really passionate about that and I need to prioritize that in my life in order for me to be happy I need to exercise every day if not every other day like as much for my fitness as for my mental health and just overall sanity also eating healthy and really paying attention to what I was putting in my body was huge I didn’t gain the freshman 15 luckily and I think a huge reason behind that is that I really paid attention to how my body felt when I ate certain things or when I was treating it every way I try not to eat junk food like I really tried to prioritize eating green foods having color on my plate like it’s really hard to maintain a good diet in college and like of course a junk food of course I ate ice cream like most nights I might have eaten dessert like it’s okay just there’s has to be a balance when you eat healthy you perform better you sleep better like your relationships about it like all of it it really is kind of an inside-out thing it’s the same with all of those things – these things all work with each other you know. when you work out your mental health is good when your mental health is good you are better with your relationships when your buddies really should shoot you’re happier when you have your you do better thing like it goes on it’s a cycle. caring about your overall Howell physical and mental is huge like I started seeing a therapist and that was amazing for me I you know there’s a lot of stigma around that especially at Harvard which there shouldn’t be we get a d-minus in mental health I’m gonna be real with you guys like people really struggle there I struggled there a lot and having a really good person to talk to whether it be a psychologist a psychiatrist a therapist really prioritizing your mental health in college is a huge thing and I learned that it’s something that I need to do otherwise all other areas of my life will suffer I want to eliminate the stigma around it I don’t think there’s anything wrong with going to see your therapist I don’t think you have to have something wrong with you per se to go see a therapist I think it’s nice to just go talk to someone and to get things out because a lot of times I would burden my friends with them I’m like an overshare but you have to be respectful that. many people are going through all of their own stuff and they may not have the time or like mental capacity to actually deal with everything that you’re going through. it’s really nice to just kind of unload that on someone whose job it is to listen to you. mental health key 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I really recommend them they’ve worked closely with me before and I’m really excited about this video okay my camera died and then it just kind of malfunctioned and freaked out and I had to sort that all out. setup and the lighting and the positioning is a little different I am. sorry number six I used to be terrified and I mean terrified of making phone calls literally my mom would call up like Costello or like a grocery store something and be like oh can you call them and see if they have this note hand me the phone while she was driving and I’d literally scream and throw it back at her like I was. so. scared of talking to people on the phone I don’t know why because I could do it in person also whenever I would have like a business call or an interview in high school if I’d have to be in a quiet room with my notes all in front of me and I would have to be in the room like 10 minutes before the call and we’ll have rehearsed everything and everyone had to be quiet and like I was. so. scared for that and then in college like everything became less of a big deal I think which was really good for me I had to make all of my own doctor’s appointments therapists appointments chiropractor appointment dentist appointments like talk to administration pay bills all of that becomes your own priority and you really learn how to be self-sufficient and. I’ve got over that anxiety about talking on the phone very very quickly which was really good for me and. whereas I used to have to have like the perfect setup in my room at home in high school I can literally be like walking to class while eating breakfast while texting a friend while putting something in my Google Calendar and be on like a business call or interview you kind of just learn how to multitask and things don’t become as big of a deal anymore like you definitely care about them but I really really learned that you can easily fit that stuff into your life and not let it consume you with anxiety which is what it used to do to me before number seven I learned that I needed to have something to do outside of campus that was just for me and I think this is really important universally but I think especially at Harvard because they call it the Harvard bubble and all of your classes and your clubs and your friends your social life is like all in this bubble in Harvard Square and Cambridge and you don’t really venture outside of it. not many people go into Boston and not many people do things that are outside of Harvard whether that be like hobbling or even just doing a job that’s like not related to Harvard at all and for me I really loved being involved in. many things on campus and that was a really big priority for me but I also really liked having things that weren’t really affiliated perfect I started doing YouTube that was a huge thing like in December I just kind of picked up and did that and I mean one here we are now which is great but also like I have something that’s just mine that’s not I mean it is I guess related to Harvard because I talk about my life and I’m talking about it now but it’s not through the school if I went somewhere else I would still have UT and I started working for bumble and that was amazing and just doing things that kind of give you a little bit of perspective and like I hate to say the real world but kind of like put you a little bit more in the real world and like interact with other people outside and I don’t think a lot of people prioritize this and it’s kind of like you know like while you’re in college you really want to focus on like what you’re doing in college I think it’s really important to have things that are just yours it’s almost like no one can really take it away from you also for your on-campus activities make sure to do at least one if not two things that are just entirely purely for fun even if you’re worried about your career and networking and all that. like that is gonna come later and like you can do clubs that are gonna help with that you should actually like them like please make sure you actually enjoy doing them before you sign up for things don’t do it just because it looks good on your resume have things that you just purely do for fun make sure you do those and I really learned that those quickly became the things that really balanced my time in college because it didn’t feel like I was constantly stressed and constantly working for things that I wasn’t excited about. I joined expressions which is the hip-hop dance company and had. much fun with that and then also modeled and did runway in the identity’s Fashion Show which is like our on-campus fashion show. to purely for fun very out of the box never did them in high school probably never would have tried them in high school and it was really important for me to put myself in like those more uncomfortable situations to really grow making sure to have those things that were just separate that you know no one can take away from you they’re just yours but also that you’d use just purely for fun and because you really love them like those are the things that I’m gonna prioritize almost more than anything going forward and I know that for me okay number eight take advantage of the speakers this is huge this is huge who choose you are only in college for four years it may sound like a long time it really is not like my year went by with that and I saw. many people that weren’t taking advantage of where they were there’s. many cool things going on in campus and don’t get me wrong like I couldn’t go to all of them of course but I really tried to prioritize going to people famous lecturers speakers people giving workshops like career workshops like just fun workshops just kind of everything I saw. many cool people speak I saw Andre Osman who wrote call me by your name I saw Travis Scott I saw Sophia Bush I saw the Democratic presidential candidates I went on a trip to New York with women in business and got to go toward tons of companies that was super cool like those opportunities are the ones that you’re gonna look back on and remember like you’re not gonna remember the time that you were stressed about this essay or like oh that you had this piece at DU or something if there’s a speaker on campus and they’re well-known even if they’re not well-known just go to it or if there’s like a workshop or something that could help just go and you can prioritize that time it’s literally only an hour or two of your day it’s not gonna be every day and most likely I knew from me that I would probably just waste it being on my phone or answering emails or something it became. worth it for me to go to those and looking back with the semesters I realize I accomplished. much and learned. much just by going to those things and got. inspired – you’re not gonna have these opportunities after college like you aren’t gonna have famous lectures and academics and celebrities coming to your campus you’re not gonna have these amazing workshops for free you’re not gonna have all of this incredible advice like it’s literally right there waiting for you to take advantage of it that became a huge priority for me jump on the opportunities they’re not always gonna be there I swear the Sun hates me today it keeps adjusting I am. sorry the learning curve guys I’m getting there okay. number nine support your friends this was a huge one and something that I learned very quickly was super important like you and your friends are probably not gonna have the same interest you’re probably not gonna be the same club’s like it’s gonna be a lot different and you’re all gonna have rehearsals and plays and performances and shows you guys are gonna be doing. many different things individually and there’s gonna be. many opportunities for you guys to go support each other do it every single time really really really really make it a priority to go support your friends and the people that you love because everyone is struggling everyone thinks they’re a failure everyone is trying as much as they can and it actually means. much to people that you show up and that you give them love and that you support them like I don’t care if you’re tired I don’t care if you have a million other things to do like really truly make it a priority it kind of goes back to what I was saying about like lowering your standards a little bit this is something that I won’t lower my standard on I know my two friends will support me and what I do and will show up to my things will you know come to my dance performances well height me up we’ll share my YouTube videos you know just be there for me and support what I do and what I love and in return I would always always do the same for them when you look back on it the money’s not gonna matter time isn’t gonna matter what’s gonna matter is that you showed up for your friend and you were there and you gave your support and trust me it goes such a long way when you have friends like go hype them up be there for them like just just do it okay number 10 I realized how important it was for me to get off campus I would try to go into Boston at least once a week if not twice I know not many people do this but it’s a short T right away public transportation you don’t have to go anywhere I take tea all the time and just go exploring be a tourist in your own City go do something fun it was. important for me to to spend time with like non Harvard people and again here it’s the real world but like interact with the real world a little bit more it recharged me a lot and gave me a lot of perspective and I always felt reenergized every single time even if it’s just going into your city more often do it just seriously just do it just get off campus spend some time by yourself study in the city one day study at a new coffee shop even if it’s just changing up your usual pace it’s. easy to fall into a rut in college and I think I’ve easily did that and once your daily routine isn’t exciting anymore it’s hard to be happy and passionate about what you’re doing. the littlest tiny ways that you can make yourself happy and spark joy in your life now I’m sounding like Marie Kondo but literally going to a workout class in the city or exploring a new running route actually fake I don’t run but this worked for my friends being outside is very important being in nature just get out of your dorm go experience something new get lost a little bit just take some really quality time by yourself all right that is it for this video thank you guys for watching until the end if you did that was a lot I just threw at you I spent. much time thinking about these and writing things down and just reflecting and I think it really encompasses my year and kind of everything that I’ve learned like I’ve changed. much this past year it’s actually kind of crazy I’m. grateful to be where I am and I’m learning. much and it’s actually been amazing like I really value my education I value college as a whole not just the academic part but the whole entire experience I think is. incredibly important you know this isn’t gonna be everyone’s experience this is just mine but I just wanted to share with you guys cuz this has been one of the most transformative years of my life and it’s kind of coincidental that I just started a YouTube channel like halfway through it. you guys are going to experience that and hopefully someday I’m gonna be able to look back at this and be like wow like this is when I was going through a really tough time this is how I got through it this is what I learned this is how I’m growing and I can’t wait to look back on it when I graduate to and just kind of realize how far I came I’m. excited for the future I’m. excited to go back to school I’m ready to tackle this sophomore year like here we go baby thank you guys. much for listening love you all I’m rooting for you kisses and I’ll see you in my next video
[Kevin] You don’t really come to a university just to take classes, you come to be in a room with interesting and important faculty, and with students who have similar experiences to you to have engaging conversations and to sort of figure out what path you’re going to take in the world. Early Fall Start is an intensive, four-week introduction to the university, specifically designed for new freshmen, and it consists of two kinds of classes. One is what we call discovery seminars and those are sort of intensive deep dives into a particular topic or discipline, and then we also have a set of classes that focus on English language skills and writing. [Victor] At the high school that I went to, there wasn’t much choice in your classes. But I was able to, in EFS take this, like crime scene investigation course.. it’s more of just a time to explore something that looks fun and entertaining. [Yurong] I didn’t take AP language classes in high school. I wanted to take an English course before college actually starts because I feel like I’ll need the writing skills. My grammar definitely improved a lot from writing like seven essays in four weeks. [Kevin] Even though Early Fall Start takes place in summer, those credits count as part of the autumn schedule.. those five credits taken in Early Fall Start mean you can take fewer credits in the autumn quarter, or you can take a full load in autumn quarter and be five credits ahead. [Yurong] I would definitely recommend Early Fall Start to all the incoming freshmen because it’s just, it was a great experience. You get to experience college before college starts. You’ll know your way around before everyone else and you’ll make friends and you’ll be less, I guess overwhelmed and stressed during your first quarter. [Victor] I was maybe a little more hesitant coming from a smaller high school setting, being like, around. many different new people. But, like everybody’s super nice, super involved in the class. It’s less of like a big, intimidating lecture with a professor, and more of you’re coming and hanging out with these, like really cool people doing studies in fields you never knew much about, and get to hear about what they’ve been doing, do it yourself, and then like you still have a lot of free time. [Kevin] Early Fall Start is very unique in that way, to start off your career in a small seminar with a small group of students just like you who are going through the same experience, starting college. They feel like when they get to the start of what would be the very beginning of their academic career in late September, they actually already are a part of that community. They already know their way around, they’re connected there, they’re already Huskies by the time everyone else is just beginning.
That belongingness goes a long way to connecting them to everything else that’s happening on campus.
hey old my name is Caroline for those of you who are new I’m a sophomore at Boston University studying political science in this video I’m gonna be talking about my experience at BU my first calendar year as a view student and my experience in the CGS Boston London program. you don’t know the CGS Boston London program is essentially a two-year Entry Program for you students the first year starts in January after your senior year. you take a semester off and then you finish out your freshman year the same summer by doing a six-week intensive semester in London you have sophomore years well where you take more liberal arts classes that you also take more classes koryagin towards your major i’m vu class of 2022 it’s been about a calendar year since I started at vu I started in January of 2019 and it’s now January 2020. I’ve been through first semester freshman years the london’s term fall semester sophomore year and now I’m about to finish my last semester here in the CGS before I transfer in to CAS College of Arts and Sciences oh and if you don’t know CGS stands for College of general studies in this video I’m going to be breaking down my experience the entire process from applying through this past semester as a sophomore here at BU I applied to you my senior year of high school I graduated in 2018 by the time that I was going through my college applications I knew video was probably one of my top choices I toured it this summer before my junior year I’m pretty sure and I really loved it even the college or the admissions officer that I talked to that was like specific to my range and he even said that my experience at wine proved that really be it was the place for me one little story is that daily natori it was the summer. it should have been nice to be warm and sunny but it actually poured rain and I was wearing a white shirt and they spilled coffee on it and they still look the school. clearly I still loved it this is important because winter in Boston is super long. the fact that I didn’t find that it’s pouring rain in July shows that I really did love it I applied all of my junior senior year at C’s I wanted to apply ed2 but I had applied ei to like five schools and gotten in already. my parents wanted me to keep my options open since I already had some acceptances in retrospect I do wish I had applied 82 because I knew I would have gone and clearly because I went even though I got accepted to CGS not my major I clearly wanted to go because of a lot I mean CGS students is whether or not you click the button to say you were interested in CGS I remember personally that I did because I had a college admissions counselor and she recommended it saying that it would increase my chances of getting in I always wondered what would have happened if I didn’t check the box if I would have straight gotten any to CAS in my major which is political science and then at the time I didn’t know about CGS London when I toured we talked about CGS as a whole but we didn’t talk about CGS London not to my recollection those of you who don’t know there used to be a program just like CGS. you would enter in the fall and there was no London it was just a two-year liberal arts curriculum and my year. like the class of 2022 is the last year that had fall CGS. I won’t really be talking about it in this video because it’s not really important anymore and no I’m not even in the program. yeah that was my experience applying it to be you I heard back from bu and I believe March in my senior year which was crazy considering I’d submitted all of my college apps by probably like December 1st but you know that’s how it goes I was like really excited to hear back because it was one of my top choices it was one of my top choices if not my top choice and. yeah I was excited to hear back you’d read on what was that college forum the irony is I don’t remember there was some forum that we were all used to like hear about like the date that stuff is going to come out. here it was coming out at 8 a.m. Eastern Time and I’m from California if you didn’t know. that was 5 a.m. I was actually a debate convention debate conference I literally could not sleep before I kept waking up or just like not falling asleep just waiting for a 5 a.m. to come around but 5 a.m. came on. I took my phone my email I didn’t get anything. I finally just like waited until I had to be up at like 6:30 checked my portal was excited to hear that I got in yeah like ecstatic I like screamed I know oh yeah. I read I was to GS boss Melinda program and I was like oh it must be like the enuine program because I also applied to Northeastern and that program you study abroad your first like fall semester and then you go to school at Northeastern. I thought it was like that like you go to Northeastern spring semester but after reading about it I realized that you didn’t start school until January and then you studied abroad in the summer instead I figured ok that sounds cool but I’ll have to compare it to my other options because you know I did want to go in as a Poli Sci major ultimately I ended up choosing vu just because I felt like it was the best of my options it was definitely the best school that I got into and like I knew I loved it I still wasn’t sure about CGS originally I plan on taking my dad semester here at home taking a community college class and having continuing my internship from high school but things did take a big turn over the summer and yeah I ended up doing something way different with my god semester July rolls around after I graduated I’m getting the feeling that I do not want to stay here in California for my job semester mostly because all my friends were. hyped up about going to school and you know having their freshman experience and at the same time in my high school boyfriend would be breaking up we plan on doing it you know beginning of August before he left for school. I was kind of feeling like maybe I needed to get away from home to kind of get over that.
I reached out to my summer camp that I attended when I was in middle in high school because they have school year programs and I asked if I could work there sent a resume and a cover letter we go back to me that in fact I could work there. I decided to live in my godson this year and worked in outdoor education I had a fantastic time I’m. glad I did it I honestly wish I could have been there for more time for an entire year at least I even considered deferring halfway through my gap semester but then I realized that I would have to wait until January of what would be my sophomore year. right now where we are now and that just didn’t sound like what I wanted to do I would have rather have just deferred for one semester but I couldn’t do that yeah I had a really great house for me then. many amazing people I’m. glad that I had the experience that I did that was basically my gap semester. that ended at Thanksgiving and then obviously I didn’t start till after MLK Day. I came back over to the internship I had in high school which I was planning on doing during my gap semester and then go my current job at his ski shop which I absolutely love. overall and I get semester was really good and I’m really glad I had that time and I think that it definitely prepared me for college and that I came into college a lot more mature like most people thought that I was not a freshman if they met me like they thought that I was a sophomore and I think that’s true for a lot of people in CGS as well Emily we can rolls around – me and my mom fly out to Boston stay in a hotel it’s time to move in I was. excited I found out I was living in rich riches in West in a triple with two girls that seemed super super nice and yeah I was really excited to like finally start humming my college experience unfortunately my moving weekend did not go smoothly at all and there’s actually a huge storm. my mom had to leave early which means I did not get like a ton of help moving in and if you live in West or you’re going to live in with you know it’s super super hot. even though it was like 16 degrees outside we don’t feel of like for the run felt like it was like a hundred degrees. like it was miserable but whatever that’s a fine how-do-you-do as to plan and at the first couple of days I just felt super lonely because I wasn’t really meeting anybody didn’t really know how to meet anybody and like my two roommates had together the previous semester. obviously they were already friends and I had no idea how to like try to get make friends you know it’s hard it’s transition and colleges have my heart finally I started meeting people in CGS like on my team spring semester I took three CGS classes and that was social science rhetoric and humanities yeah they were fine I thought social science was a lot like 80 euro if you took that in high school. I thought it was pretty easy overall since I took AP or a senior year of high school and then I took the fourth class which was for my major which was intro to American politics where po1 11 highly recommend that class although again I think it’s pretty easy. I ended up designing to pressure sorority my first semester because we do deferred recruitment here at new to do recruitment in the spring semester and mostly as because my two roommates were rushing and they were super excited about it both of my roommates were from Texas or are from Texas and. obviously that was like something that they were definitely going to do I am really glad I decided to rush however the week before rush my two roommates moved out not because of me and I hold it against them at all I still think they’re super nice but they just wanted to live in a double and a double up opened up in the room next to their best friend’s room. it worked out for them and that’s fine yeah I see them all the time were. nice whatever it no beef I for awhile thought that since it was after like the direct swap deadline that nobody was gonna move in and I was really looking forward to having my single that was actually a triple but I ended up getting two new roommates mehar and Abby who I love and I’m. glad that I got the opportunity to live with them last year and Abby was rushing to and she was the truth and we’re moving in the B end of rush. it was absolutely crazy because I was only in the room for an hour here and there and like they were trying to move in and II got was crazy but through rush Abby and I really bonded and became really close. that’s good and then of course that weekend I trying to theta my sorority which I love and I’m. glad and I made. many friends and that’s really like the main reason why I do have friends at school.
I am glad that I rushed for sure I also was inspired by the because of my sorority to Joe to go on an ASB trip which is alternative service breaks if you’ve been watching my blogs you know that I’m actually be doing an ASB trip this year but. last year I went to Asheville this year I’m gonna do a trip to Harpers Ferry West Virginia and I definitely made fun to do that as well and that really motivated me through the rest of the year which was really good and by the end of the semester I was deathly starting to make closer friends and I was like outside of CGS mostly like I had very few friends in CGS. I was kind of dreading going to London because I was going to London week after school and did mostly because I feel like none of my friends were gonna be there I didn’t like have people to hang out with and I just really liked my school life at school a lot and I didn’t want it to be over I was really dreading it and the only thing that I was really looking forward to is that I would be rooming with Abby again. I knew that I would have someone there for me. the time to meet for London cons and it was really hard to leave I didn’t want to go I definitely kicked off on a bad note because my flight got in at like 2:00 p.m. in London we had orientation at 3 p.m. and I was exhausted because my flight took off at like midnight and I barely slept and then there was just no opportunity to sleep and I’m super jet-lagged and then I basically had to be with people Intel like 9 p.m.. that and like fine dinner and stuff like that. yeah that kind of sucked. in London you take 3 CGS classes also social science humanities in rhetoric in class with all the same people as you were in spring semester with the same professors which is definitely one of my challenges to see chance of also pretty nervous about London because and you would be heard to make new friends because you know everybody already knows each other the other thing about the classes is you get 14 credits in six weeks. you’re basically in class all day four days a week and then on these extremely long field trips on Mondays which are technically your off day. like you’ll go to like Canterbury or Oxford all of which required you to drive for like a total of like 8 hours in one day kind of miserable but whatever it was fun and it was good to get out of London to see things overall I really did like London as a city and I’m. glad I got to spent six weeks there yeah it’s just a beautiful place I do definitely want to explore it more if I get the opportunity that being said I hated being abroad like it was a horrible experience for me and that was like all on me too and like my personal interest and my cohort of folks that I was with my cohort was super into clubbing and I just wasn’t interested in clubbing I didn’t want to go to clubs I was like down to go to pubs or bars or restaurants and whatever I just did not want to go clubbing it seemed like everyone else wanted to go club all the time like the six nights a week and I also wanted to keep my grades up and it seemed like a lot of people in my cohort didn’t or like they would rather go adventure than keep their grades up which I can understand but you know my priority is only school especially when you pay. much money to go to school editing Caroline here to say that I totally understand that my experience in London has a lot to do with my perception of both myself and my classmates and I’m sure there are plenty of people that were not interested in going clubbing all the time and did prioritize school and that I could have found those people but I just didn’t and I also definitely put myself in the mindset where I thought that it was everyone I wanted to do what I didn’t want to do and I if I know means think that these people that did go clubbing all the time or didn’t prioritize school as much are bad people I totally understand why you would want to do that I mean you’re in a country where you can legally drink you may just be visiting for the first time and there’s. many things to see and. many things to do I totally understand that’s just not where my priorities route at the time. that was pretty challenging and then also like because you were in class. much of the day and then how to kind of work on top of that I just found it really hard to like explore in one day and explore Europe in general luckily I did get to go to Brussels while I was there because one of my sorority sisters was studying abroad in Brussels.
I took the Aerostar and I would our weekend and that was a really great experience I loved Brussels and I would love to go back there too I did make some good friends towards the end but again like that didn’t happen towards in towards the end that was basically my experience I don’t think that CGS London is like horrible for everyone I just thought that it was really hard and challenging academically and also socially for me however I also didn’t have a ton of friends in CGS. if I did I can give it a bit a lot easier and I’d also definitely feel at home safe because I hadn’t been home since I left for school in January and then I do get back from abroad until July 4th. you’ve been a really long time for me and then once I did get home I didn’t really do much I worked on my blog for the rest of the summer and I realized my website which was super exciting and I also took an online class which I think was really good it helps me get ahead in my major and I really took out these I didn’t feel behind in my major just because of CGS because I’d only take it one major class at the end of my freshman year. I’m really glad that I did that anything he thought was a very good choice for me yeah. that was my experience during summer time and yeah it did kind of suck when I reflect on it like I am really glad that I had that experience and I think it made me definitely a more motivated student and I got to see a part of the world that I never been to before. that was really awesome now we get to basically where I am now I just finished up my fall semester and yeah I had an amazing semester I am. grateful that I’m a DUI of this school I love all the people that I go to school with pretty much and I’ve just had like really fantastic professors you can either take three classes to classes or one class in CGS but you have to take a total of four classes in CGS your sophomore year. I took two this semester and I’ll take two in the spring.
I took natural science and humanities you do have to take Natural Science each semester but then you only have to take one humanities in one social science. it’s really up to you when you do those I hate Natural Science it’s. hard I’m not a science person that’s okay I still got out of it with the B which is good much as I don’t wake natural science I’m sticking through it it does help satisfy some hub requirements that I definitely did mean if you like at this semester I really found my groove I found friends and even though I found like new friends that I had been friends with before and I’d say overall my relationships did change a lot but all for the better I still don’t have a lot of friends in CGS but at this point I don’t really care it because only two of my classes are in CGS. besides us classes the semester I took two major classes. to enjoyed comparative politics which i think is 151 and I highly recommend that class fantastic I loved it I also took a common one because I briefly thought it was gonna be an advertising major I do regret taking that um because I realized I do well okay I don’t regret it because I learned that I don’t want to be an Ag major because of that class yeah I definitely got into the groove I found places that I really love to be on campus I love the community center and my ASB family and yeah I don’t know it was a good semester for me I mean Stephanie academically challenging and he definitely had to push myself but it was really rewarding I also didn’t get my best grades I don’t like care that much because I’m proud I learned. much and I’ve been in my blog on the side and I really feel like got flourished as well. I’m really proud of what my semester was like that’s what a year in CGS looks like on your first year in CGS much as I talk about CGS to my friends and stuff I’m really glad that I chose to juicy GSA’s it means I get to be a BU which is more important to me than CGS yeah every one of you I feel like there’s a big like work hard play hard attitude which I personally really enjoy because I think it’s really motivating everybody wants you to work really hard and everybody wants to have fun with you when it’s all over. um I am kind of glad are looking forward to it being over I do have capstone this semester which is like a research paper that you do in a team of seven to ten I think which is really daunting to me I don’t like group projects at much. you let soon be a challenge but I’m really glad I must be you at the end of the day I am glad that I’m gonna say yes. if you ever have any questions about video or about CHS feel free to leave them in the comments down below or DM them to me on Instagram I’m always happy to talk to you guys about my experience and if you like this video and want to see more like it feel free to like comment and subscribe and of course you can always follow me on all of my social media which are always linked down below and I’ll see you guys in the next one