To the Campus Community Our hearts are heavy this evening as our campus family mourns the sudden and tragic deaths of two people on our campus earlier today. The thoughts and prayers of our entire UCLA family are with the victims’ families and the students, faculty and staff of UCLA Engineering. Most of us have never experienced a day like today, and this incident has been enormously stressful for everyone. UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for any member of our community who wishes to speak to a trained counselor about their feelings about the incident. Phone counseling is available for students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 310-825-0768, or students may visit CAPS in person, on the second floor of John Wooden Center West. Staff and faculty may seek services at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center, at 10920 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 380, or by calling 310-794-0245. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and UCLA emergency personnel train for emergency situations, always with the goal of protecting our campus community. All of us are deeply grateful to our UCLA Police Department, UCLA Fire Department and other emergency responders. Thank you for all you do to keep all of us safe. Thanks also to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the numerous other agencies who came to our assistance this morning. Please check newsroom.ucla.edu for further updates as they become available. Our UCLA family has indeed been shaken, but we will rely upon the strong bonds of our community and our faith in one another as we begin the process of healing. Sincerely, Gene D. Block Chancellor Counseling and Psychological Services: http://ucla.in/1XQLzfO Staff and Faculty Counseling Center: http://ucla.in/1XQLusH From UCLA FACEBOOK
Think your hotel bed has fresh sheets on it? You may want to think again, especially after hearing the shocking secrets from hotel workers.(Photo: Simon Brooke-Webb)ABOARD HARMONY OF THE SEAS -- Do you like big ships that are chock full of activities? You'll loveHarmony of the Seas, the new floating mega-resort from Royal Caribbean.At 226,963 tons, Harmony is the largest cruise ship ever, and it's packed full of gee-whiz attractions such as a thrill slide that plunges nearly 100 feet and a Bionic Bar with a robot bartender.A larger version of Royal Caribbean's giant Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, Harmony boasts three main pool areas, a water slide complex, an *****s-only solarium, an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a basketball court and a mall-like indoor promenade with shops, bars and eateries. Like Oasis and Allure, it also has an open-air, tree-lined area called Central Park with restaurants, bars and upscale shops such as Bulgari.
I’m pretty sure deciding to be an exchange student is one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life, if not the best! Going on an exchange, spend a year without your family and friends sounds kind of scary and crazy, but it really isn’t. “Exchange is not a year in your life, it’s a life on a year” and its so true, really true. During this year I’ve learned more than I expected. Things like being more independent, more natural and adventurous, I’ve learned to take risks and stand up for what I believe because If I don’t, no one will, and of course I’ve improved my English.There have been rough moments through the year, of course, but nothing bad lats forever and keeping a positive attitude helps a lot. Especially when you don’t have your parents to help you and encourage you to keep going. But no matter what, the rough moments are nothing compared to all the great memories that I’ve experienced through this time. I’ve meet lots of people and made new friends. I’ve gone places I never thought I’d go and saw things with my eyes that I only imagined in my head. I have had so much fun and learned so many things in this time. Being an exchange student is worth it and a great experience I’d love to do it again if I could.
Tennessee students now have an opportunity to attend community college for free through the Tennessee Promise program.The Tennessee Promise — which is a combination of a scholarship and mentoring program — will allot $34 million to eligible students and cover the remaining tuition and fees not covered by federal and state grants. Per the program website: “Students may use the scholarship at any of the state’s 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associate’s degree program.”Here’s the catch — in order to be eligible for the program, students must complete eight hours of community service by Aug. 1, 2015.RELATED: Oregon Senate passes bill to offer free community college next yearBut out of the 31,000 students eligible for the program, only 28% have completed the hours, according to Mike Krause, executive director of the Tennessee Promise.“This is probably because of the combination that it’s summer and the deadline is Aug. 1,” Krause says. “Kids in the summer tend to be a bit more busy. Obviously, there’s some procrastination that comes into play, but we’re seeing the numbers increase daily and I think we’ll be where we need to be by Aug. 1.”Community college campuses opened across the state on June 11, 2015 for students to fulfill their community service hours, Krause says. Parks will also open on July 18 for students to complete the hours.Sabrina Cornejo — who plans to study business administration at Volunteer State Community College — tells USA TODAY College that she did her community service hours at Critter Clinic in Gallatin, Tenn. She previously worked as a veterinarian assistant in a full-time position for two and a half years, but had to leave the clinic for a better opportunity at Lowe’s.Over the course of three Saturdays, Cornejo walked, fed and medicated cats and dogs. She also thoroughly sanitized their kennels.“It wasn’t hard, since I had experience in the field, but it gave me a wonderful time to reconnect with my babies — even the snappy ones,” Cornejo says.Geraldine Hernandez — who plans to study to become a registered nurse at Nashville State Community College — says she obtained community service hours through the Red Cross at Glencliff High School in Nashville, Tenn. Hernandez was instructed to manage the blood drive by recruiting blood donors, which took about a week. Hernandez then conducted the blood drive for the day.“This was my typical day when I volunteered to run the blood drives,” she said in an email. “I had previously volunteered for the past two years and, because of that, my hours were more attainable.”RELATED: Bernie Sanders issues bill to make 4-year colleges tuition-free“If you’re going to receive free college, we think it’s pretty fair to ask students to perform eight hours of community service per semester,” Krause says.He adds that students who stay engaged outside of the classroom tend to have higher rates of completion compared to those who do not participate in community service. The communities also benefit from the service.“We haven’t done the math yet, but tens of thousands of community service hours will have been completed,” he says. “This represents students being able to go out and learn more about their communities and to give back.”Hernandez says that the main benefit for the program is the chance to have her education covered “if, in any case, something goes wrong with a four-year college.” She also says she enjoys the mentoring aspect of the program.“During the mandatory meetings, we have the chance to speak in person with the mentors at our school,” Hernandez says. “This is an even greater benefit because most students don’t have transportation to go to other locations to meet. My father works very late and, when I have to attend the meetings, I always stay after school and wait until it is time for the meetings. The entire meeting is clear and the handbook that is given answers most questions that have.”The Tennessee Promise, which was signed into law May 13, 2014, will have its first cohort start college in four weeks, Krause says.He adds that the program is based off of Knox Achieves, a program that lasted seven years and was available to all graduating seniors in 23 counties in Tennessee. The privately funded program gave an average of $971 in scholarships to students in the 2012-2013 academic year after all eligible grants and scholarships were applied.The biggest hope for the Tennessee Promise, Krause says, was to change the conversation about going to college in Tennessee.“With so many students applying, they’ve had intentional conversations with their families about higher education,” he says.According to Krause, another goal the program met was to increase registration for FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. As of May 1, 2015, Tennessee was the first in the nation for FAFSA completion, jumping from 49% to 61%.“We want to make sure that college is a reality for Tennessee students,” Krause says.
Went to the United States visa peak season, the visa office of the Embassy of the United States recently warned that applicants for the visa interview, if you can speak English, at the time of the interview is best to use English dialogue. This will help to prove that he is a good travelers, business people and students.Although visa to understand functional English, can speak Chinese, but they are more likely to during the visa interview with students in English, especially went to read undergraduate or graduate students, if you don't speak English, how to cope with foreign universities specialized courses to learn, can easily be the visa officer doubt the English level.Interview is a process of communication, students should try to relax. Abroad of graduate students in the statement of the specialty not only describes the professional name, to use simple, clear words to describe more about some of their own reasons and purposes of this professional learning, including the development after returning home, to help the visa officer to understand and judge. If the students just passively answer the question of the visa officer, and may not fully express their own ideas intention. Students in preparation for the interview, to determine what you want to convey to the visa officer, real and comprehensive answer interview and application form is proposed, that consular officials to make a comprehensive and objective evaluation as soon as possible.The students don't have to worry about the visa office via rate control was denied. The United States embassy visa officer made it clear that on the United States to receive sign no limit to the number of people. At present, China in the United States students (micro blog) highest number. As long as the applicant is really in order to learn from the United States, the economy can afford, do not worry about the visa issue. The majority of students are in line with the standards of student visa, the applicant does not have to pay through an intermediary to obtain a visa to the United States, much less to third parties to do a visa guidance, can be do it yourself for a visa. All the latest information and guidelines can be obtained from the Embassy's official website. Students may encounter problems at any time with the embassy visa office. The official blog, microblogging reply content and the visa office will release relevant issues on the monthly totals in.In addition to the United States visa visa, visa, there is also a case of administrative review. The visa officer at the scene said that the administrative review is not meant to be refused, the general is to be processed by other departments, the visa officer is not clear the specific circumstances, to this the student not to speculate, the best way is patience, it normally takes four to five weeks can be the result.If you miss the first make an appointment, can also be free to make an appointment interview appointment can be completed via the "consulate online booking system, the applicant may in the system tracking application status. In addition, the applicant can also be completed by the new call center to complete the interview appointment or consultation related issues. All visa applicants have to register online from the website www.ustraveldocs.com, or through a central reservation registration began. In the absence of registration, the applicant can not pay the application fee, can not make an appointment interview.