A Day in the Life: UCLA Pre-Med Student

A Day in the Life: UCLA Pre-Med Student

October 13, 2019 43 By Stanley Isaacs


(guitar music) – Hi, my name is Daniel Hsiao. I am third year student here at UCLA. I am from a small suburban area
East of here called Arcadia. My major is psychobiology,
and I’m on a pre-med track. Outside of class, I typically
like to listen to music, play music, dance to music,
and most importantly, I love to eat food with my friends. (guitar music) – So a typical day for me,
I typically wake up one hour before my first class. This quarter I happen to
wake up usually around nine everyday, on average, but
yeah, typically if I have time, I’ll grab a to go breakfast
from our to go dining halls on our residential area,
and I’ll just bring it over to class, maybe eat it in class. That’s all. I’ll just slowly go
through all my classes. If they’re all back to back then perfect, I won’t have to waste any time. Otherwise, maybe if there’s
like a one hour gap in between, I might just rest on one
of the grassy areas around, maybe take a look at my laptop. If I’m busy, I’ll do
homework, if I’m not busy, I’ll just enjoy whatever’s
flying around on Facebook. – So, tell me a little
bit about your major. – So my major is psychobiology. It’s more of a mix between
psychology and biology and mostly under the
psychology department, but subjects are basically biology. – [Interviewer] Tell me a
little bit about your favorite psych class you’ve taken. – [Daniel] So my favorite
psych class is probably one of the classes I’m in right now. It’s called Psych 115,
it’s an upper division about behavioral and neuroscience. Basically, what we study in that class, is basically anatomy of the
brain, functions of certain parts of the brain, specific things like cerebral nerves and
different sensory functions. Basically, I would say
that’s typically my favorite kind of subject, where
I get to learn about specific parts of the
body and how they work. – [Interviewer] Overall,
what are the requirements for the psychobiology major? – So the requirements to get
into the psychobiology major are conveniently the requirements I need to apply for med school. – Good (laughs) – So that’s half of the
reason why I chose the major, just because it gets away both
requirements both at once, so that would include math
classes, chemistry classes, biochemistry, biology,
physics, so all of those are both prerequisites
to applying to med school and for getting into the major. There’s a couple other majors
kind of like that as well, but because I took an intro psych class and I really liked it, I just
decided to go with this one. – Okay. So you’ve been volunteering
with a couple different medical organizations. What does that volunteering
look like for you? – Our volunteering, I’ve
done both volunteering in the hospital under the actual staff. It’s pretty, I don’t get to
do that as much hands on work, because of certain regulations,
but it’s really nice to see the nurses, the
doctors, get to interact with the patients. It gives me a better idea what
it’s like to actually work in the field, and you know, of
course, every once in a while they’ll let me see a procedure
and that’s really cool. – So do you think you’re really looking to go into the patient facing side of medicine
– Yes. – And not necessarily the research side? – Yes. As much as I like research, I
would say the patient aspects, like person to person interactions are what I’m in for it the most. – Humans are good. – Humans are good (laughs) (upbeat music) – So tell me a little bit
about social life at UCLA. – Pretty bustling, pretty vibrant. We do have like a 30,000
student undergraduate school, and then because we have so
many extracurriculars available to just really get to meet
a lot of different people really really quickly. Now it’s a nice area around
UCLA too, you know, Westwood, so we typically have a lot
of nice restaurants to visit. Santa Monica Pier is really close too. – So is that where you have
a night out on the town? – Yeah, I mean they have
3rd Street Promenade, and you can go there and
shop for a really long time. They have street performers,
there’s the beach, they have arcades around there. Now of course there’s always
really exciting things you can do, a little bit
further, closer to downtown LA. There’s always a lot
of things to do there. Yeah, you meet friends really
quickly and there’s always a never ending amount of activities to do. (upbeat music) – All right. So this is our John Wooden Center. It’s our gym. It’s pretty big. I don’t know if you can
tell from this angle, but yeah, it’s huge. There’s lots of workout
equipment in there, lots of machines, lots of
free weights, et cetera. But I would say what I mostly do here is, because I’m part of a
dance team, they have a lot of really big open spaces. Because it’s a team, it’s
a lot of choreography with maybe twenty, twenty,
ten like twentyish people. But we really need big
spaces and the gym provides the perfect area for that. (piano music) – Tell me a little bit
about how you got involved in dance, generally. – Okay. In college, or at UCLA
specifically, I think dance is a really really big extra
curricular that most people like to get involved in. Specifically, we have this
one really amazing group on campus called Foundations. It’s meant for beginner
dancers, or people who have never danced before, and then
they just kind of train them, get them used to performing on stage. – So you hadn’t danced before you got – I hadn’t danced before college, yeah. I only started last year. – Cool. So what kind of dance do you do? – So I first started with
the Foundations group. They taught us hip hop. Well it kind of depends
on who your teacher is, but typically they’re usually all hip hop. And then I decided to
join this other dance team on campus called KBM. What we do in that group,
is we make, we dance to Korean pop songs, and we
make covers, kind of imitating the actual videos with
their specific choreography. And we just upload it onto
Youtube, and kind of share our passion for K-Pop. – So the videos of you
doing the K-Pop dancing are on Youtube? – They’re on Youtube, yeah. – We can link to it like, here. (bell ding) (K-Pop song) – Nice. Cool. (upbeat music) – What would you say was
the most surprising thing about UCLA? – I would say the most
surprising thing about UCLA is it’s abundance of extra curriculars. I actually didn’t join any
extra curriculars my first year. I focused on academics and I
made friends with the people in my dorm, but my second
year, as soon as I got involved in one club, I started getting
involved in many clubs, and then you kind of get to
know a little bit of everyone. You kind of broaden your range a lot. You meet a lot of people. You do a lot of activities,
whether it’s social activities, or volunteering activities,
and I just really didn’t expect it when
I came to UCLA because I guess I just mostly thought
about the academic side of each college, but when
I found out about their extra curriculars, it’s completely changed my experience at UCLA. (upbeat music) – Hi. So if you’ve liked this
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