October 4, 2002, 10:47 am: the moment that changed the course of my life and my perception of the world. For twelve years, I was the youngest child in my family. I never took responsibility for anything. “Because she’s the youngest…” was the excuse my mother gave the most. I soon came to assumed the mantra as my own “Because I’m the youngest…” It was my excuse for everything. The reason why if I felt even the slightest prick of sadness when I felt left out or alone, I would cry. The reason why… Continue
Added by Erica Row on October 16, 2009 at 10:56pm —
Just listen to the air:
The tranquillity, the isolation, the sound of silence.
I listen to the air every single time I go cycling.
Every single time I spend at least four hours on my carbon saddle,
Every single time I navigate seventy miles on the Pacific Coast Highway,
Battling headwinds, stray ocean mists, and crazy Los Angeles drivers,
I listen to the whistling wind and my singing wheels to get away from it… Continue
Added by Jerome Ma on October 16, 2009 at 10:30pm —
There are many reasons for why I do the things I do, but my family, above all influences who I am and what I do. Since I was born, I have lived in a low income household with my single mother and two younger brothers. Being the eldest and the only one who spoke English, I have been, in a sense, in charge of my household through all the translations, paperwork and necessities. With my background, I have always felt deprived of what other children had, and so I wanted more. I wanted to fit in, I… Continue
Added by Wendy Trinh on October 16, 2009 at 10:28pm —
Art & Architecture
My name is Bisrat Zerehaimanot and I hail from Eritrea, a small country located at the horn of Africa. My parents were born and raised in Eritrea in the midst of a bloody war between its southern neighbor Ethiopia. Since Eritrea was being oppressed by Ethiopia my parents were denied simple rights, one of them being their education. Thus when my parents immigrated to the United States they instilled their kids with the values to… Continue
Added by bisrat zerehaimanot on October 16, 2009 at 10:10pm —
It would be a lie if I said I fully enjoyed pulling an all-nighter at my high school. But it turned out to be not as bad as I thought.
As a yearbook editor at my high school, I was finishing up the yearbook with my teacher on a Friday after school. The due date for all pages was already the next week and I still needed to make many corrections to the pages. A few staff members also stayed to help me but they all left around 8 in the evening. But I stayed longer to edit pages, such as… Continue
Added by Heejin Kim on October 16, 2009 at 9:35pm —
This is who I am. I am girl who was raised to obey my parents and become successful so that when I get older, I can help them and take care of them the way they took care of me. I do what I do because it was how I was raised to be. It is not because my parents want me to feel this way. It is because I saw how hard they worked for me. My morals shape the decisions I make. But I see the world with a broader perspective as well. I like to have fun. I like to try new things. I like to live on the… Continue
Added by Abby on October 16, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Because I don't know what else to do.
There is so much to change, but very little power to do so. It has left me jaded and pessimistic. A little doubtful, cynical and bitter. Perhaps, detached and indifferent. They say to be constructive, to get out there and be active. He said, "Be the change you want to see in the world" but we're not all Mahatmas. Those only come once every so often. Only very few of us are capable of creating such change. It's a loser's mentality, and I'd agree.… Continue
Added by Brian Park on October 16, 2009 at 8:45pm —
Art and Arch
Who Am I?
My name is Tyler Heineman. I am an 18-year-old student who is currently a freshman at UCLA. I also happen to play on the baseball team. I play baseball all the time and it is my passion. When I am not studying or in class I am either in the weight room training hard or on the baseball field perfecting my craft. I love everything about the game. You could say that I am a student of the game and that I am constantly trying to get… Continue
Added by Tyler Heineman on October 16, 2009 at 8:44pm —
I’ve been sitting in this lounge thinking about this question for a while now and the only answer I can give myself is that, “I do what I do because its just what I do. If I do what I don’t do then I would be bad at what I do!” Therefore, the best answer I can give at this point is that I do what I do because it’s simply all I know. In other words, I can’t do anything that I don’t know, and what I know is every thing, every person, every event, that has had any kind of… Continue
Added by Remi Spiro on October 16, 2009 at 8:40pm —
I am a musician. I can’t read music and I probably couldn’t tell you what chords are being played in a song just by listening to it, but nonetheless, I am a musician.
I started playing acoustic guitar when I was 15. No one in my family had ever picked up a musical instrument before so they thought it was strange when I expressed the desire to play guitar. To this day I couldn’t tell you why I wanted to start playing, but I’m glad I did. I’ve never had any formal training or even a single… Continue
Added by Jordan Woolbright on October 16, 2009 at 8:35pm —
I do what I do because of the values I hold. How I was raised and what I believe in makes me the person I am today. I do what I do because it is who I am.
Everyone has their own past and the way I was raised and influenced has contributed tremendously to the person I am. One of my core values that I hold dearly in my heart is family and that includes all the loved ones in my life.
When my parents first arrived in the California, they hardly had anything but with the help… Continue
Added by Tami Bi on October 16, 2009 at 8:18pm —
October 9, 2009
Who I Am
I am Cody Regis, an eighteen year old college freshman at UCLA. I am a brother, a son, a cousin, a friend, and everything in between. But more importantly than all of that, I am a baseball player. When I ask myself why I am a baseball player, my answer is simple, yet at the same time complicated. I play baseball for many reasons. I love the feeling of winning, but more importantly I love the hard work, preparation, dedication, and desire it… Continue
Added by Cody Regis on October 16, 2009 at 8:17pm —
I have never thought about why I do the things I do. At first when I think about the question: why I do the things I do, I feel like for quite some time now I have been doing things as if I were a robot. Everything I do is basically planned out throughout the day. It is like a daily routine. I would sometimes doubt my abilities to succeed in life because every action I make is a habit; no thought process is going through my mind, but, as I think deeper into this question, I find myself… Continue
Added by Shirley Lee on October 16, 2009 at 8:10pm —
“Everyone dies but not every man lives” – William Wallace.
I live as a hiker and what I do is…
I explore places in nature and go on journeys through time and space, with nothing in my heart but desire for a place. A place that I can escape the noise of cities and altogether sound. A place that is beautiful whether I go up, down, or all around. This is why I do what I do. I hike to reach places many have never been. To waterfalls and great trails I can explore and then… Continue
Added by Cynthia T. Tran on October 16, 2009 at 8:00pm —
Working and entertaining, this is what I do as a science student and it is also what we do in our life. Every day, I do what I love to do and what I have to do to be successful. In my perspective, working is the way to achieve my dream and goal. And entertaining is the way to attain happiness. As a student, the key element of success in school is knowledge. In order to be successful in school, I study hard for the exams to get good grades. Undoubtedly, there must be many obstacles in our path… Continue
Added by Wing Cheong Tam on October 16, 2009 at 7:42pm —
Many people want to be different and unique but we are already all that in our own way. We try to become that we ourselves are proud of or think is right. I am someone that listens to only three people: me, myself and I. It is common in an Asian family that the children have to be the best and do their best. I want to be a person that I am proud of that I can say “Yes, that’s me.” My parents have always wanted me to be someone successful; a person that’s makes lots of money. But for myself, I… Continue
Added by Fanny Zheng on October 16, 2009 at 7:28pm —
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
I am an athlete. Not a runner, not a track jock, just an athlete. I don't run each day because I "like" to run, or because I enjoy the feeling, I run because desire the taste of victory. I am addicted to pain, obsessed with the idea that one day all I've done will actually be worth something. I run not toward a finish line, but away from a starting line, where all the nightmares of my past chase me to my next destination. I say destination because in… Continue
Added by Zack Torres on October 16, 2009 at 7:10pm —
I am an international student from Korea in UCLA. My major is Applied Mathematic. Since I have lived here only for 2 years, English is still my biggest burden in American life. It could be one of reasons that I choose math as my major since I don’t need to speak and use English that much. Actually, I majored in Engineering in Korea but I realized it is too hard for me. If I have had the same mind that I have now, I would not change my major and will dig up in studying Engineering. What do I… Continue
Added by Gyujin Jo on October 16, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Why you do What You Do
I have not had free summer since I was ten years old. To most kids, summer is a time of relaxation and the relief of not waking up early for school. However, this is not the case if you play a sport called water polo. Many people have asked me, “Is playing water polo worth all of the time you have to sacrifice?” Unlike basketball or football, there is no professional water polo league in the United States. This means that I will… Continue
Added by Clayton McFadden on October 16, 2009 at 5:53pm —
I challenge myself so that I can feel. I exercise so that in the morning my muscles ache and my joints hurt. My life is a test and my answer is a suit of armor. I wear this armor so that I can face my challenges. I need this armor to be who I am. But who am I?
Realistically, I am an eighteen-year-old biology major at UCLA who aspires to become a doctor. But it is this dream that began changing me into who I am. I am one of those few people who have trouble simply enjoying life. I… Continue
Added by Lawrance Chung on October 16, 2009 at 5:37pm —