My Trip to UCLA

Hey guys! So now that I’m back home and had time to process everything, I’m so excited to share my experience at UCLA. If you didn’t know, I applied and was accepted for the Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) Summer Institute. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I left with more than I could ever have anticipated. I’m not going to share much about the Institute because I don’t want to ruin it for future participants. It’s really something you have to experience. So this is more so what I did and observed while in LA and visiting the campus.

Let me get to it. . . .


Where Did I Stay

I stayed at the Hilgard House. I wanted to be close to the campus so this was the perfect location. UCLA was literally in walking distance. It was also close to Westwood Plaza. In the evenings I walked around the plaza and visited a museum and different shops. What I liked most about the hotel was the old-fashion feel. My room was nice and quaint and I really liked the patio. It was a little pricey given the size, but I expected that because of the location. I did get a deal with booking.com. If you haven’t used them before I suggest you check them out for discounts and use my code to save $25 😬 https://www.booking.com/s/27_8/amirah59.


What Did I Do

Besides attending my daily sessions for the Institute, I did have a little time to explore Los Angeles. I saw the Staples Center, which was cool timing because the BET Awards was hosted there. I also saw the art district downtown and the library. I wish I had taken more pictures but I wasn’t thinking about it at the time. In Westwood Plaza, I visited the Hammer Museum and the historic Fox Theater. My favorite place was the Griffith Observatory. And I wish I had taken pictures. From there you can see the city’s skyline and the Hollywood sign. It’s absolutely beautiful at night.


The Campus

Y’all. . .this campus is gorgeous. I thought it was weird that they don’t have on campus dorms, but besides that the scenery is unbelievable. I’m not really into flowers, but I noticed these pink and purple flowers everywhere and they’re so vibrant. Honestly, LA just has a real chill vibe.

During the Institute, we spent most of our time at Royce Hall. Can anyone guess what famous black comedy was filmed there?!! Leave your answer in the comments lol. I just love the design of the buildings. For whatever reason I have a thing for arches. And of course I had to get a picture with the bear.

*Now this was beyond cool. So much history. And check that date!*


If you can’t tell, I really enjoyed myself. I definitely have to go back just so I can visit other things like the Santa Monica Pier, Rodeo Drive, and The Dunes 😆. Thanks for reading guys and if you have suggestions of things to do, leave them in the comments!

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