Big Questions Ep. 1: UCLA

Big Questions Ep. 1: UCLA

September 14, 2019 50 By Stanley Isaacs


(upbeat rhythmic electronic music) – Hi there, I’m Sam.
– I’m Gus. – And we’re here with Crimson at UCLA. – And today, we’re asking
some big questions. (upbeat rhythmic music) – Fedra.
– Fedra, and- – Zach.
– Zach. And Zach, you’re very excited about
this interview, I understand. – I’m stoked.
– Great. – What is the best thing about UCLA? – Probably the food.
– The food? Food’s the best? – Feast.
– Feast? What is feast?
– The dining hall. – Either the people that I’ve met, or the dining hall food,
because it’s super good. – Oh. (laughs) – If you want to hold it, you can, – Okay. Probably the beautiful campus. – The campus, I think
it’s really beautiful, I love walking around
here, looking at people, you know, people that walk
their dogs come and hang out. – I would have to say the sunshine. Like, 24/7, it’s the best thing about living in Los Angeles. – It was raining a little
bit earlier this week. – Yes.
– And- – My favorite thing about UCLA
is the people I’ve met here, and the student
organization I’m a part of, and I’ve met a lot of people that have the same values as I do, and I like being able to spend time with those that broaden
my perspective, so. – That you can balance
partying and studying. – Okay.
– And the campus, and LA, and just generally living here. – Okay, that was several
things, that’s a good answer. – I would say the best thing about UCLA is just the amount of diversity here, not just the skin colors
and people’s backgrounds, but just the diversity of
people’s interests here on campus, it spreads the gamut. – From my point of view,
coming from Geneva, to do my Ph.D here, the diversity is huge, it’s very important to
find a lot of people, from different universities,
from different cultures, even in the US, and see how
they integrate together. – I love being able to
just get involved with a Christian organization,
a fraternal organization. – Anything. There’s Quidditch here … – Are you involved with Quidditch? – No! (light electronic music) – Contrast, what’s the
worst thing about UCLA? – Are we allowed to curse?
– Oh yeah. – It’s hard as (bleep).
– It’s hard as (bleep)? – Yeah. I would say my transition to UCLA was really difficult. My freshman year, I struggled a lot. But, and this goes into one
of the best things about it, is that I’ve grown a lot as a person, so I’ve definitely become
better at managing my time, I’ve learned how to
persevere, I’ve learned how to fail a lot, I’ve failed so often, but now, I’ve grown
significantly more here than I would have if I would have stuck with a home university.
– True. – No way, so, it’s worth it.
– It’s hard as (bleep). – [Woman] The worst thing is the stress. – [Interviewer] Yeah. The
stress. Okay. It’s a lot of work. Yeah, it’s a lot of work, I have a major, two minors, I run a student
organization, and I have a job, so it’s a lot.
– That’s a lot. – Zach?
– Quarter system. – Quarter system, okay.
– I like it! – So you like the quarter system, you don’t like the quarter system? – It’s awful, yeah.
– Why don’t you like it? – Because every few weeks I have midterms, you care about that, right?
– Yeah. – That’s how you learn.
– She’s got a good point. – Otherwise, I just wouldn’t study ever. – That’s what you were saying
before, work hard, play hard. – True.
– Wiz Khalifa? – It’s too heavy. Maybe
I can push it? Nope. – We have a video test about,
can you sing a song for us? – Sing a song?
– Just, yeah. – Yeah. – The test has started, and I will start. (singing) – No words?
– No words. – The fact that the dorms and the campus are completely separate,
so no matter what, when you have to go to
class, you’re walking, like, 20 minutes to get there,
and it’s a lot of hills, so it’s not super bike-friendly, but, like, it’s not too
bad. I got a Razor scooter. – The hills?
– Walking, I feel- – Because it gets exhausting?
– Yeah, it gets me tired. – Does it get you in good shape, though? – Yeah, because it keeps
them, like, more used. – Okay, that’s fair, increase
in performance or like that. – Actually, I think sometimes,
just being too crowded, like the gym, or even, like, the library, I was just trying to go in,
he told me there’s no seats, so I guess that’s a bit annoying. – The worst thing about UCLA
is that it’s always nice so I have no excuse to
stay inside. I hate that. (electronic music) – What does a typical Saturday night look like at UCLA for you? – Rocco’s.
– Rocco’s? Is that a bar?
– It is a bar. – Yeah.
– Okay. Do you also go to Rocco’s?
– Occasionally. – You guys seem close.
– We’re dating – Yeah, we’re friends. Oh. (laughs) – Sleeping, for sure. Maybe homework, and then go out. Go out. – [Cameraman] Let’s see
what’s with these guys. – They seem like they might be busy. – Alright.
– Definitely. (hip hop music) – So, I’m an RA, so I’m either
on duty on Saturday night, helping take care of drunk
kids, or I am the drunk kid. – Mmm.
– So Saturday night is my- – It’s the circle of life.
– It is. – Sometimes, Saturday
night is me doing homework, but, I’m 21 now, so sometimes
it’s me and friends now- – So, sometimes get a drink. Great! – Sometimes, a little bit more fun. – What does a typical Saturday
night look like at UCLA? – Well, the most fun
nights are on Thursdays. – Thursdays. So Thursday’s the night. I should change that
question to Thursdays. Change the question to
Thursdays. Note for later. (electronic music) Okay, great. What goes
down on Thursday nights? – Well, you can do lots of fun things. There’s a lot of action
over there, over there, on that side.
– Okay, apartments. – So it’s a lot of fun. I’m
not going to go into detail. – What does your Thursday night look like. – (laughs) I take it you’ve
heard of Thirsty Thursdays. Freshman year I was
definitely going to … I had friends in Theta Xi, I went there pretty much every week. This quarter, still a lot of Theta Xi, but a little bit less fratting, more hanging out in my
dorms, you know, but, yeah. I’m definitely a Thirsty Thursday person. I never have Friday classes because of it. (electronic music) – What did you write
your college essay about? – I mostly wrote it about
what my career goals are for the future, and how the
UC system can facilitate me in that, but also how I can
give back to the UC system. – I wrote my college
essay about my horses. – You have horses?
– Yes. – That’s cool. How many horses? – Two.
– Two. – Well, I had two.
– Okay, I see. What did you say about said horses? – Well, I just talked about
… I showed the horses, and I talked about my accomplishments, and they really liked that,
and they sent me another essay prompt, halfway through
the application process, asking me to expand on it more. – Like, talk more about it? – They liked the
accomplishments and talents. – I remember writing about my cousins, and how they had an influence on me, and then the other one was music-related, it’s been a long time. – I wrote mine about my experience volunteering at the hospital. I talked about how I told a
ton of jokes to this lady, and I put a joke in my personal statement, and after I told my
friends, they were like, “Shame. Isn’t that your dream school, are you trying to get in or what?”, and I was like, “Wow,” but, yeah. – Hey, it worked!
– I’m here! – And, do you remember
what your college essay was about?
– It was- – Fixing a Go-Kart with my dad. – Fixing a Go-Kart,
okay, cool. Did it work? – Yeah, it worked.
– Alright, great! Any advice that you’d give to high school students looking to apply here? – Write your essay
about anything you think makes you unique, it doesn’t
matter if it’s about a Go-Kart, or about something dramatic, it doesn’t have to be crazy to make you unique. – I actually wrote my college
essay on my great-grandfather, who I actually only knew
for a few years of my life, but because of stories that
I’ve heard from family members, legacies he’s left, he’s
actually left a huge impact on my life, just, about
an essay about someone who I never really met,
and the impacts they leave. – I’m adopted, and I’m super close with my birth family,
so I wrote about that, just the experiences that I had with it, and complications with my family, but how they helped me get through it, and then I also wrote about sports, because I was a swimmer and soccer player. – You think over 100,000 kids apply here, so you’ve got to stand out.
– Yeah. – Obviously, having …
I mean, you have to have the grades, but, it’s more
about what makes you you. – Mm-hmm. And work hard, play hard? – Work hard, play hard.
– Right. – Favorite thing about UCLA?
– The people. – What is your least favorite thing about UCLA?
– Nothing. – What is your Thursday night like? – Crazy.
– What is your Saturday night like?
– Not crazy. – And, what did you write
your college essay on? – Pigs.
– Thank you so much! (upbeat electronic music) – If you’re interested in hearing more about the world’s top universities, don’t forget to subscribe.