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addition to learning from scholars who are at the top in their fields
worldwide, students might also find themselves being taught by experts
from outside the university. Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher,
for example, teaches a Collegium course.
used to joke that if I could have majored in Honors Collegium, I
would have," says Vikki Katz '02, who now is studying for her
Ph.D. The Collegium classes she took as an undergraduate, she says,
"enriched and gave greater depth to the years I spent at UCLA."
professors in Collegium teach subjects that they truly love. They
teach for the joy of it," Katz says. The enthusiasm of the
professors was so infectious "it made me want to go to graduate
school and become a teacher myself."
feeling of being part of a smaller, more intimate community within
the larger whole of the university was "my favorite aspect
of Honors Programs," says Mitra Ebadolahi '02. "It shrank
UCLA into a manageable place."
an undergraduate, Ebadolahi spent a month doing field research in
Havana for a Departmental Honors thesis on the effects of tourism
on developing countries.
had such a strong support network that I felt empowered to go out
into the UCLA macrocosm and make my mark with confidence,"
she says. "I had the best of both worlds: a big school with
a plethora of opportunities, and a small school within it where
I had the support I needed to make the most of those opportunities."
Rhodes Scholar finalist, Ebadolahi currently is on a Fulbright at
the London School of Economics.
that smaller school-within-a-school feel has been important for
I transferred to UCLA from Santa Monica College, I was scared of
the size," says Phillip Carter '97, now a UCLA law student.
A Truman Scholar who served four years in the military after graduating
with a degree in political science, Carter says Honors Programs
helped him navigate the bureaucracy, pointing him towards scholarships
and other opportunities and helping lay out an academic plan. "I
would not have done as well at UCLA had I not had that advantage,"