Postcards from LA – PhD life @UCLA

I was about to write an enthusiastic blog post about my first quarter (and 1/2) at UCLA. My first quarter as a PhD student. Then, I realized that there is way too much to say, too many things happened, too many unique and incredible people I met. So, I will simply let some images speaking by themselves.

The day I found my apt, after weeks of struggling. Worst experience ever on planet? Being an international student, without credit score, and have to rent and apt in LA.

The day I found my apt (an an amazing rommie), after weeks of struggling. Worst experience ever on planet? Being an international student, without a credit score, and have to rent and apt in LA.

The day I became part of my research team. (Here me&Ashley went to visit JPL/NASA labs in Pasadena, LA)

The day I became part of my research team (Here me&Ashley went to visit JPL/NASA labs in Pasadena, LA)

Holiday lunch Saturday with   Fulbright Scholars - A view from the villa where the event was hosted.

Holiday Lunch with Fulbright Scholars – A view from the villa where the event was hosted.

First travel grant @IEEE conference on Big Data 2014, Washington DC

First travel grant of my life. @IEEE conference on Big Data 2014, Washington DC

The fall, who all of the sudden surprised me with its colors, but never defeated California sun.

The fall, which all of the sudden surprised me with its colors, but never defeated California sun.

A very special (and Caribbean) Thanksgiving break

A very special (and Caribbean) Thanksgiving break

The sunset on Marina Del Ray, from a conference room, USC Institute of Information Science.

The sunset on Marina Del Ray, from a conference room, USC Institute of Information Science.

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First American football match of my life. UCLA versus USC. Ashley’s dog is a passionate USC Trojans fan, as you can tell.

And finally a late saturday night pictures with new friends from Greece and Argentina

And, finally, a late saturday night with new friends from Greece and Argentina

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