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"I've seen a side of life
that was new to me.
It has made me think
about things I've never
thought about before,
like human interaction and cultural differences."
— Joy Wu
"I was attracted to the
idea of a liberal arts college
in a large university.
I liked the interdisciplinary aspect and the
— Brooke McGowan
Honors Collegium courses in particular can be life altering for
seen a side of life that was new to me," says Joy Wu, a third-year
neuroscience major. "It has made me think about things I've
never thought about before, like human interaction and cultural
her regular classes focus on the substance of her major —
biology, chemistry, physics and the like — the Collegium courses
she has taken have been expansive. It has been in classes like "Politics
and the Rhetoric of Literature" and "Literature and Culture
of the American South" that Wu has been able to branch out
"and learn about the world."
many, the very fact that UCLA offers such a program — with
its brew of enriched academics, access to scholarships and internships,
highly involved professors and counselors, and an interdisciplinary
approach that often marries seemingly disparate subjects —
is a key factor in their decision to choose UCLA over other prestigious
package was more flashy, but UCLA had the Honors Collegium,"
says Brooke McGowan, a senior comparative literature major who was
accepted to Berkeley, UC San Diego and Mills College in the San
Francisco Bay area. "It was the deciding factor.
was attracted to the idea of a liberal arts college in a large university.
I liked the interdisciplinary aspect and the individual attention,"
says McGowan, who has twice won UCLA's Peter Rotter Essay Prize.