2018 End-of-Year Checklist: Things Your Bruin Should Consider
The end of the academic year often brings many last-minute responsibilities. As your Bruin concludes the 2017-18 academic year, here is a helpful checklist of things they should keep in mind. Don’t worry – we have your graduating Bruin covered, too!
♦ Finish the quarter strong: Your Bruin should attend those extra office hours and review sessions and see if their department offers tutoring resources such as Mathematics, Engineering, Economics, or Statistics, to name a few. They can also make an appointment with the Undergraduate Writing Center for assistance with term papers.
♦ Tie up loose ends: Before your Bruin leaves for the summer, it is a good idea to meet with academic counselors to make sure they are on track with their current programs. Whether they want to change their major, plan future courses, confirm degree
requirements, or simply check in, seeking academic counseling through their college or department can help them stay on top of things. College of Letters and Science students can also take advantage of ASK Peer Counselors, who are stationed at five locations around campus and can answer questions about rules and regulations, deadlines, referrals, petitions, and more.
♦ Check their UCLA email for important end-of-year information: Students often forget about their university email as an important resource. Their UCLA email account may receive messages regarding move-out information, summer opportunities, important reminders, correspondence with their professors or department, and more.
♦ Prepare to move out: Students on the Hill should review move out procedures with UCLA Housing. It is possible that your student has too many things in their room to take home all at once, so they may need to ship certain items home beforehand to make move out day easier. Students living in apartments unaffiliated with the University often sublet their space if they do not plan on staying in Westwood over the summer.
♦ Confirm travel arrangements: Encourage your student to double check that they are good to go with flights, bus or train arrangements, or driving logistics to get home from UCLA. One service that many students use to get to LAX is the Westwood FlyAway Shuttle, a non-stop bus service to and from LAX.
♦ Determine summer storage plans: Some students prefer to store their belongings in Westwood over the summer. While UCLA does not have any official summer storage options, there are many services in the area that students use such as Dorm2Dorm, Campus Storage, College Storage Services, or Clutter.
♦ Finalize summer housing arrangements: Students staying in Westwood over the summer, whether they are enrolled in Summer Sessions or involved with internships in the area, should make sure that they have their housing situation worked out. Summer Session housing is available for students who want to live on campus. Students looking to live in non-university apartments often sublet someone’s apartment over the summer to take over the lease while the primary resident is elsewhere.
BONUS TIPS FOR GRADUATING BRUINS:
♦ Run a final Degree Progress/Audit Report: Running a Degree Progress/Audit Report on MyUCLA will confirm that your Bruin has, in fact, completed all of the requirements for graduation.
♦ Confirm commencement logistics: Students and families should take a look at the final commencement planning information to make sure that they are prepared for the big day.
♦ Visit the UCLA Career Center: The Career Center offers many services for students and alumni including valuable job search strategies to prepare for life outside of UCLA. Alumni can also access select career development services.
♦ Connect with the UCLA Alumni Association: The UCLA Alumni Association has many valuable resources and opportunities to connect with fellow Bruins. In addition to celebratory events like Grad Central, the association also offers UCLA ONE, which is UCLA’s interactive, online gateway for mentorship, professional networking, peer driven career advice, and exclusive job leads. Exploring opportunities for alumni engagement, alumni networks, and benefits of membership can help you stay connected to UCLA.
♦ Take steps to become financially literate: The UCLA Financial Wellness Center offers several personal tools to help you achieve economic balance and financial literacy. Take a look at these financial wellness tips for graduating seniors. As a student, you can also make an appointment to receive one-on-one financial coaching to increase your economic well-being.