A Day in the Life: UCLA Student
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A Day in the Life: UCLA Student


(soothing music) (upbeat music) – Hi, my name is Haroon Rasheed. I’m a third year at UCLA,
I’m a bioengineering major, and I’m from the Bay Area. (upbeat music) – So tell me a little bit about the bioengineering major at UCLA. – So it’s actually a really broad major, which I really love about it. I get to touch all sorts
of different disciplines, everything from electrical
engineering to physics. There’s a couple other
requirements where you have to take up calculus in math,
up to multi-variables actually. Actually, differential
equations, apologies. We have to do a couple
of life science classes, we have to do some thermal dynamics, and then when you get
into your upper divs, it’s more about your own specialization. Because it’s such a broad
major you can specialize in anything from drug
delivery to biotechnology or anything like that,
so I really love it. – So have you already decided on your focus within the field? – Yeah, so I’ve chosen
my technical breadth, it’s what a specialization is called here. I’ve chosen my technical breadth
to be in pre-med actually, so I’ll be using those six
or so classes that you have for technical breadth in
fulfilling my pre-med requirements, so doing organic chemistry,
doing more biology, doing physiology, stuff like that. – How does bioengineering
give you a different in to medicine than maybe
somebody who’s just taking biology or other pre-med courses? – Right, so I think that plays into why I chose bioengineering as a major. Part of the reason why
I chose it is because it’s so focused on the
engineering aspect of it, and I think that a lot
of the future in medicine is going to be in biotechnology. So the fact that I’m
taking classes like I said, like physics, and electrical engineering, and stuff like that gives
me more of a perspective and more of a thorough understanding of the technologies that I
might be using in the future. In addition to that,
bioengineering is special in the engineering school in that it has a lot of the single requirements
that you would need to do if you were pre-med, so it
helps along that track as well. (upbeat music – So we are now in the
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, is this where most of your classes are? – Yeah, so most of my lower
divs were definitely here, in addition to Young,
but we’ll transition to the bioengineering department
as we go into our upper divs. – So you are the President of the Engineering Society at UCLA. Tell me a little bit
about what you guys do. – So the Engineering Society at UCLA is the umbrella organization for all the engineering clubs here. So the 20 or so clubs, everything from the American Society of Civil Engineers to ACM which is the
computer science society. A lot of the events we do are
for the entire student body, rather than a specific group of majors. – You have your hands in all different engineering projects on
campus, and you’re really representing engineering
to the rest of the campus. – Yeah, and a lot of our
work is done with the admins, so we’re kind of the bridge
between the student body and the administration of
UCLA engineering as well. Also I actually was an intern here, in the Engineering
Society, my freshman year. After that, last year
I was the alumni chair, and I hosted a few alumni
events, and now this year I was lucky enough to be
selected as president. And I’ve been trying to do
my best to earn that right. – So how does your work with
the Engineering Society play into what you’re studying in
the classroom or vice versa. – What the engineering school is missing. So while the engineering school definitely gives me a STEM background, it definitely teaches me the
math, the physics, the sciences that I will need to do my job, the engineering society teaches me the leadership roles, the social skills, the communication skills
that I will need to do to be an effective doctor and engineer. – Yo (laughs) Good answer. (upbeat music) So outside of the engineering society, what other extracurriculars
are you involved in? – So I do volunteer, just two
main places I volunteer at. One is the Venice Family Clinic
which is in Santa Monica. That’s a clinic that
serves under privileged and poorer sections of the community. In addition to that, I also volunteer at a walk-a-thon that’s held
at UCLA that’s called the Walk to Cure Arthritis, and last year I was the chair for that and we raised somewhere around $200,000. But a lot of takes place
in this area, actually, which is really cool, and we
do a wide walk around campus to celebrate patients
who suffer from arthritis and to help raise money for them. – And then are you also
involved with academic work or helping professors with their classes? – Yeah, so what I did last year, actually, was I served as a learning assistant here. Which is essence is an undergraduate TA. – And are these for classes that you’ve already take
and done super well in? – You have to have done
decently in the class at least. But the program is very
receptive to anybody who wants to come in,
but it’s really cool. It helps facilitate your
understanding of it, because you have to teach it now. So, it’s a great opportunity. I did it for physics which I hated before. – And now you’re teaching
other people physics. – Exactly, so whenever
somebody comes in and says, “Oh, I hate physics, I
never could understand it.” I say, “You know, I did
too, and now I can.” You can, trust me, you can. But yeah, that’s really fun. (chill music) – So when you’re not in class, and you’re not with your extracurriculars, what’re you doing just
to have around here? – Just personally, there’s a
couple of things I like to do. I always think that exercising is a great way to de-stress from the day, so I always go to the John Wooded Center, usually four to five times per week, and just get any sort of workout in. Besides that, I really do like writing. I’m trying to publish a book as well, so I love storytelling, and I work on that in my free time, but just around UCLA there’s so many opportunities. There’s things anywhere from within UCLA like dance groups you can
do, martial arts you can do, movie screenings that you can go to, but outside of UCLA you
can go to Santa Monica, you can go to the Ellen Show
which is really popular, you can go on hikes, there’s all sorta of things around here. – Have you been to the Ellen Show? – I have not, but I really wanna go, and Disneyland is not
that far away either. – I’ve heard. – So that’s like the hail
Mary of the best places to go. – So you can make a weekend
of it and hit all that up. – Not a weekend, you can
make four years of it. (bell dings) – [Cameraman] That was a good ending. (chill music) – So what was the most
surprising thing about UCLA? – So that’s interesting, I
think the most surprising thing is how much the small things matter, so when you’re going throughout
your college experience you usually look for the big things. You look for which one
has the best academics, which one has the best
sports, if you’re into that, which one has the best social life, but for me, coming to UCLA I realized that it really has a mixture of all that, and it also has these small things that just get you through your day. For example, the view we have here. You’re walking back from
class, a stressful day, you look out on the view and realize that hey, there’s bigger things
than just grades and class. You go to the dining
hall, we are the best food in the nation, the best dining
hall food in the nation, so especially if you’re on the hill you can go back to some great food. And just the people here, as well, are very welcoming and warm to be around, it’s overall just a great environment to be growing up in a college environment. I think definitely establishing a good work ethic in
high school is important because you come to college
and the quarter system here, especially at UCLA is very fast. You need to be on top of
your game every single day. But in terms of the
overall college experience, I would say come in with an open mind, especially coming to UCLA
which is such a diverse campus. You’re gonna talking to and interacting with people from all
different walks of life, and you’re gonna be learning something from every single one of them. So I would say, keep an open mind, establish a good work ethic,
and be sure to have fun at the same time, it’s not all
about grades and academics. (upbeat music) ♪ Come and get your love. ♪ ♪ Come and get your love. ♪ ♪ Come and get your love. ♪ ♪ Come and get your love, love, love. ♪ ♪ Come and get your love… ♪ If you like this video
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43 thoughts on “A Day in the Life: UCLA Student

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  2. Ah sorry to burst your bubble there dude, ah, but we have the #1 Dining Hall in the country. Go UMass Amherst!
    You guys do have that great weather and Disney Land on us though. I'm not gonna lie. I wish we had some of that weather right now! It's hella freezing right now!

  3. You have done so many videos with students and I saw all of them but this is one hell of something which is actually very good. Bestest conversation.

  4. My dream is eather UCLA or standford I want to be the leader of the software team of Microsoft in Seattle Washington or Redmond Washington

  5. Disneyland isn’t far away? Dude, it’s like an hour away… excluding LA traffic lol Sixflags is about 20-30min away north tho. Knotts is about 35-40

  6. I'm offended, this cat is a full time student, and he is trying to publish a book. Outta here!
    Low key, impressed.

  7. I'm a UCLA student right now and I'll admit right now that like 4/5 students here are just like this guy lol. That's what happens when you're at the #1 Public University in the country.

  8. Hi!! Im from Paraguay I want to study in UCLA or USC but I dont have the necessary money. Should it be a scolarship for foreign students????

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