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Crayfish Removal at the Santa Monica Mountains

Crayfish Removal at the Santa Monica Mountains

My friend Lauren and I had a great Saturday collecting and measuring crayfish. They’re an invasive species in the Santa Monica Mountains, most likely introduced by fishermen. We learned quite a bit about them thanks to the friendly folks from the Mountain Restoration Trust, who […]

Good Reads: Trauma Survivors and Overworking

Good Reads: Trauma Survivors and Overworking

I really enjoyed reading Tanya Paperny’s article at The Atlantic. Paperny asks whether trauma survivors throw themselves in work to cope with their past experience. In my personal experience, it’s true that some of the most accomplished people use work as a form of escapism. Totally […]

War and Peace Notes – Introduction to the Collection

War and Peace Notes – Introduction to the Collection

In Spring 2013, I enrolled in a lower-division undergraduate course called “Slavic 90A: Introduction to Russian Civilization”. During this class, we covered the geography, history and culture of the country. As one of our assigned readings, Lev Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” took a significant portion of […]

Quick Tips on How to Prevent Oversleeping and Stay Awake

Quick Tips on How to Prevent Oversleeping and Stay Awake

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 1 in 3 adults in America don’t get enough sleep. But what if you’re dealing with the reverse issue of oversleeping? For a few of us, sleep is a form of escapism. The mantra goes: if […]

Scared to Start Over? It’ll All Be Okay.

Scared to Start Over? It’ll All Be Okay.

However, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself. While you might be scared that it’s already too late, since you’ve invested all this time and energy, consider our parents, grandparents, or their forefathers. As immigrants to an entirely new country, they certainly held that fear. […]

Study Abroad: Being Uncomfortable Helped Me Grow

Study Abroad: Being Uncomfortable Helped Me Grow

In college, I was deadset on working in foreign affairs and international development up until my senior year. Personally, it meant for me planning-participating in Model UN conferences, going after as many internships as possible and gaining more experiences abroad. In fact, I devoted quite […]

Cheap (and Free) Dates for UCLA Students Near Westwood

Cheap (and Free) Dates for UCLA Students Near Westwood

Oh, to be young and in love again. What you might not have in money, you certainly make up in cute study dates and extensive PDA. So Bruins, are you tired of dorm dates at the dining halls yet? Well, count your lucky stars, I […]

Event Recap – YRL Special Collections Present the “Jack and Aiko Herzig Papers”

Event Recap – YRL Special Collections Present the “Jack and Aiko Herzig Papers”

On Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, the Young Research Library Special Collections presented the inaugural reception of the “Jack and Aiko Herzig Papers” in the Main Conference Room. Preliminary speakers included Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Dr. Susan E. Parker and Dr. David K. Yoo, who spoke […]

English Translation of Fish Short story

English Translation of Fish Short story

Yesterday I dreamed about two unusual fish. The fish swam in a waterless limbo. Their fins glided so effortlessly like kites catching the wind. I myself didn’t understand, but they wanted to tell me a story about their first meeting. The first fish had a […]

War and Peace Notes – Epilogue and Final Thoughts

War and Peace Notes – Epilogue and Final Thoughts

Written for Slavic 90A: Introduction to Russian Civilization – Spring 2013. Read more of my previous notes on “War and Peace” here. We’re finally finished! Part One of the Epilogue of “War and Peace” starts off by recounting the actions of Napoleon and Tsar Alexander […]