Olivia Draper spent about nine weeks living on her own in Thailand to learn Thai. Draper worked in a restaurant and lived as a Buddhist nun in a monastery. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

Olivia Draper spent about nine weeks living on her own in Thailand to learn Thai. Draper worked in a restaurant and lived as a Buddhist nun in a monastery. (Michael Zshornack/Assistant Photo editor)

The immersive experience of an independent study abroad program


When Olivia Draper stepped off the plane in Thailand this summer, she barely spoke a word of Thai. Instead of studying abroad with a university program, Draper traveled on her own to Thailand, where she spent eight weeks working in a restaurant while learning Thai, and another five days living as a nun in a Buddhist monastery near Bangkok.

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UCLA interior designer transforms into prop master for musical ‘Oktoberfest’


Actors in bright Bavarian dress danced across the stage, lightly stepping on and off three durable, brown wooden barrels. Jeanne Schniedewind inhaled sharply when the actors tossed two of her handcrafted kegs back and forth, thinking of the time and effort it would take to fix them if they broke.

UCLA Health program aims to improve fitness in LA schools

UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind helps schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District build fitness centers and improve their physical education programs through grants up to $50,000. (Courtesy of UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind)

School-affiliated personnel from 11 middle and high schools in Los Angeles County can use newly furnished fitness centers funded by UCLA Health this year. The UCLA Health Sound Body Sound Mind, which promotes childhood health, aims to reduce obesity rates in the Los Angeles Unified School District by funding fitness centers.

Culver CityBus route altered to mitigate overcrowding, long commutes


Students can now catch the Culver CityBus at Gateway Plaza near Ackerman Union. The new Culver CityBus Rapid 6 bus stop was moved Monday from its location near the Semel Institute to the plaza, formerly known as Ackerman Turnaround.

Editorial: California US Senate candidates’ higher education plans lack specificity

Arman Sharif: Enrollment increases are irresponsible, hinder quality of education

Throwback Thursday: The ordeal of registering for classes in the days before MyUCLA

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The last time I sat in a chair for two hours waiting for my name to be called was at my middle school graduation. But for UCLA students 35 years ago, that was a regular occasion when signing up for classes.

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