Exploring SoCal

Exploring SoCal

Although I have been extremely busy since I got here, I have had one or two opportunities to go out and explore parts of Los Angeles other than the UCLA campus! Santa Monica & Venice Beach Mum and I had lots of time to explore Santa Monica before I moved into the dorms, and as [...]

Go Bruins!

Go Bruins!

On my Saturday off during my crazy week of sorority recruitment UCLA had its first proper football game (American football, that is) of the year. I am told that there were others earlier in September, but none of them particularly important. For reasons that are still unknown to my flatmates and myself, this was also a [...]

Alpha Kappa Gamma Whateva

Alpha Kappa Gamma Whateva

When most people think about US colleges and all the stereotypes surround them, one of the prevailing images that generally pop into mind is the uniquely American concept of 'sororities' and 'fraternities', collectively known as 'Greek life' (although as far as I know they have no connection to the mediterranean country whatsoever). Films such as Animal [...]

LGW -> LAX

LGW -> LAX

  Goodbye at Gatwick!   Amused myself on the plane by taking pictures of funny town names on the interactive flight map (hehehe)   Descending into Los Angeles (I didn't realise how huge it was!!!)     We touched down at around 5pm local time, but didn't leave the airport until about 7.45pm due to [...]

The Countdown Begins

The Countdown Begins

It's seemed forever away for so long, and now I'm flying off to LA in just a week! It still seems so ridiculously early to start packing - knowing me, I'll leave it to the last minute anyway. A few updates since my first post: The visa is (finally) sorted. It only took 5 hours [...]

The American Dream

The American Dream

Finally, after months and months of form-filling, document-scanning and email-checking I've been told - I'll be at UCLA in September! There's been tears, there's been laughter (and a rather hairy period when I was going to be heading off to North Carolina) but, at last, I'm preparing to call California home! The states! Los Estados Unidos! Murica! The land of the free and the home...