the competitive pressures from other institutions, UCLA continues
to attract the best and the brightest.
by Jonah Light, Seth Joel, Amanda Friedman,
Ann Johansson, Jilly Wendell and Dominique Vorillon.
ITS REPUTATION AS A GLOBAL CENTER for learning and cutting-edge
scholarship, UCLA is by any measure a stellar university. But even
with such eminence, it’s not always easy being a Bruin. As
detailed throughout this issue of UCLA Magazine, UCLA faces
difficult challenges as it strives in an environment of dwindling
resources and intense competition among universities to vie for
the top researchers, the top scholars, the top students.
in spite of these challenges outstanding faculty and gifted students
— not to mention vigorous advocates and generous donors, both
large and small — continue to make the commitment to UCLA,
and by so doing they are vital players in the university’s
continuing evolution to greater heights.
do they make the choice to affiliate with UCLA? And once they have
made that choice, what keeps them here?
some it is the chance to work among the world’s leading scholars
in their particular discipline. For others, the broad diversity
of the campus community is what first attracted them. Others view
UCLA as essential to the societal and economic well-being of the
schools can match all that UCLA has to offer,” says one alumnus
and longtime supporter. For a faculty member, it is about the students:
“Their promise, all the potential they hold, the excellence
they represent — that’s what keeps me going.”
And from a student: “I feel very fortunate and very privileged
to be able to study here. It’s a great place to test out my
own ideas and have them challenged and fortified.”
is a small sampling of some of those people who choose to call UCLA
their home. >>>