MY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE (ucla film school)

  • Published: 30 April 2019
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    Ah, the great college experience. High schoolers dream of it, college students go into debt for it, and parents go to jail for it. Today I take you on a tour of my college campus, reflect on the ups and downs of my college experience as a UCLA film major, talk about how I graduated in less than 3 years, ask whether film school is really worth it, and give my two cents on the recent surge in influencers endorsing dropping out of college.

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    what’s your name? ashley
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    how old are you? 20 (born in 1998)
    how tall are you? 5'5"
    what’s your ethnicity? half british and half burmese
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    ➭ editing: final cut pro

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Comments • 4 815

  • ann oceanic
    ann oceanic  2 days back

    watching this before my film school classes start in less than a month, very nervous but excited. I admire how you worked so hard for your dreams, you go girl!!

    • Elizabeth King
      Elizabeth King  3 days back

      nah 2:41 look at the person walking in the back...

      • chii
        chii  4 days back

        Ughh im struggling so much with highschool 😭 that loneliness thing hit me hard

        • kaecam
          kaecam  4 days back

          hiii i’m also a film major! and I just wanted to say, I feel like we have opposite regrets. I really admire you and am so envious you went straight into college academically focused and did internships and built a portfolio early on through external projects.
          I feel like I have a ton of experience and I’m confident in my skill (although i think i do get a bit lazy with showing it in my youtube videos so pls don’t click on my channel JSKSS but when I was in high school I did a lot of shorts that I did put all of my effort into which I received awards for and were screened at film terms of film I for sure peaked in high school) but I haven’t done much since entering college. My first and second year I mainly focused on making friends and hanging out with them all the time, never going to class, and partying. And while I did make lifelong friends and unforgettable experiences, I still feel like those two years were completely wasted in terms of productivity. I spent the following year and a half retaking classes to get my gpa up so I could be eligible to take upper level courses and now I’m on my fifth year in college and it’s FINALLY my final year. We for sure have opposite regrets about college, I definitely envy that you took complete advantage of your time in college to either further your academic career or your actual career. You actually have something to show for everything you did like your portfolio and internships that you can list on a resume. I feel like my high school stuff just doesn’t count anymore because it was so long ago...but I do hope that I get to make many films that I’m proud of during my final year so I can have something to show for myself. But I do wish I had gone out of my way earlier to make something of myself in order to 1. graduate early and 2. to further my career
          So don’t regret your decisions too much :-( I really do envy the route you took.

          • Madison Becker
            Madison Becker  4 days back

            You need to catch up on your movie watching 😂 I can’t believe you didn’t have a single Quentin Tarantino movie on your movie list as a film student.

            • Mike O.
              Mike O.  5 days back

              I've been on both side of the spectrum with making friends in college (Not saying you cannot have a happy medium, you should try to go for social life and school).. My first community college I went to I was 18 I was in clubs and I guess honestly thats where you're probably gonna make most of your friends I was surprised I even made a friend since it was communtiy college everyone is doing their own thing. Though me personally trying so hard to have a social life I forgot about acedemics. And now at 25 I'm doing very well acdemically but having no friends sucks!! I'm trying to get involved in clubs now but hopefully at the 4 year level I might even meet one person I can call a friend. I dont even want the "college experience" I'm married but at least finding people who are just as weird as you or whatever is a part of life. I hope everyone in college finds people that they can be themselves and have fun with.

              • Manmarzeeyan
                Manmarzeeyan  6 days back

                Man i can totally relate to your college experience. The best and the worst years of my life!

                • freyski
                  freyski  6 days back

                  this hit so hard. i just finished my first year of college and have been feeling like i didn’t ‘do it right’. this video has made me hopeful for the future. 🧡

                  • esvete
                    esvete  6 days back

                    2:17 me too 🥺 im a senior in hs and i want the college freshman experience SOO BAD, specifically at a calstate or UC. like i always daydream about walking under tall oak trees across a field of lush, vibrantly green grass. (IK CORNY but university campuses r so beautiful & my cc is just... dry desert) and being a hop, skip, n jump away from all my friends (dorm) BUT im dumb asf. so i have to go to a community college but i will transfer!! but still ://

                    • Manuela Giraldo
                      Manuela Giraldo  7 days back

                      Guuurl, Jorge PRELORAN, an amazing argentinian documentary filmmaker studied there! That's amaziiingg

                      • J Bosse
                        J Bosse  7 days back

                        brilliant. honest. accurate. great job :)

                        • Ulan Rodriguez
                          Ulan Rodriguez  1 weeks back

                          im actually looking forward for your first movie

                          • Valerie Perez
                            Valerie Perez  1 weeks back

                            The intro 🐻 😂😂

                            • Stephanie Harvey
                              Stephanie Harvey  1 weeks back

                              Hey I recognized one movie on that wall that’s not from the 80s... shark tale lol

                              • Sukmidik
                                Sukmidik  1 weeks back

                                Im glad i found you

                                • Andrew Shiah
                                  Andrew Shiah  1 weeks back

                                  1:41 Oh man I use to live there haha the memories

                                  • amelia taylor
                                    amelia taylor  1 weeks back

                                    I LIVE IN MARYLAND!!!

                                    • Jacqueline dance
                                      Jacqueline dance  1 weeks back

                                      Literally my dream school and major

                                      • Zentaya Shawn
                                        Zentaya Shawn  1 weeks back

                                        My play speed is normal but i feel i clicked 2x speed

                                        • Maya Penna-Scheer
                                          Maya Penna-Scheer  1 weeks back

                                          wow. i’m four days from starting my college career (i’m also a screenwriting major), and this hit hard. i’ve been so scared of college not meeting my high expectations — like you, i struggled hella in high school emotionally, and i even tried to graduate early because i hated it so much, and my mom kept telling me to just keep pushing because college would be a thousand times better and i would finally meet “my people.”

                                          i super appreciate the honesty here. you put so much energy in to this video and really said what needed to be said. you’ve really built up an incredible channel for yourself, i cannot believe you did it all while attending ucla with an extra heavy course load. good luck with even more success in your future, your achievements are far weightier than you even know! you’ve inspired my filmmaking style so much! thank you!

                                          • obssesed fanperson
                                            obssesed fanperson  1 weeks back

                                            I cried when ash cried cause everything she said hit so hard

                                            • Noah Reddie
                                              Noah Reddie  1 weeks back

                                              This was a really good video

                                              • Breezhome 318
                                                Breezhome 318  1 weeks back

                                                _gta v_

                                                • BigBoiBud
                                                  BigBoiBud  1 weeks back

                                                  I am also From Maryland :)))

                                                  • Diana Perez
                                                    Diana Perez  1 weeks back

                                                    If you watch this in .75x speed, it feels like the normal speed lol

                                                    • Art Tambaoan
                                                      Art Tambaoan  1 weeks back

                                                      I really love Ashley and she inspired me to start my own platform. Hope you can subscribe to my channel! 💜

                                                  • SooKaylaa
                                                    SooKaylaa  1 weeks back

                                                    “ parents go to jail for it “

                                                    • Isabel
                                                      Isabel  1 weeks back

                                                      SHARK TALE lol

                                                      • Ben N
                                                        Ben N  1 weeks back

                                                        Oh God... I'm going to graduate school next term in a different country. And now I'm really nervous after Ashely said she struggled making friends. If someone like her can't.. I can never ever do. Really scarred.

                                                        • Kaitlyn Roberts
                                                          Kaitlyn Roberts  1 weeks back

                                                          I thought I was the only one who felt so horribly alone. My “friends” felt fake. My sorority felt fake. It was a recipe for depression that took a lot to get rid of.

                                                          • MoonChild
                                                            MoonChild  1 weeks back

                                                            I'm in my second year of College

                                                            • KTaylorJordan
                                                              KTaylorJordan  1 weeks back

                                                              UCLA, c/o '02 here. You lived in my college boyfriend's apartment your 3rd year!

                                                              • Cameron Diiorio
                                                                Cameron Diiorio  1 weeks back

                                                                I thought I wouldn't like you...but I really kind of like you

                                                                • Lance •
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                                                                  • Peachy Rose
                                                                    Peachy Rose  1 weeks back

                                                                    It’s so pretty there I remember when I had a failed trip there

                                                                    • Papa Bless
                                                                      Papa Bless  1 weeks back

                                                                      I desperately want to go into film but feel like it’s pointless now and I will fail

                                                                      • Alexis Vargas
                                                                        Alexis Vargas  2 weeks back

                                                                        So inspiring

                                                                        • Daniel DeMartis
                                                                          Daniel DeMartis  2 weeks back

                                                                          why did this make me cry???? like i'm about to be a college freshmen and i am not mentally prepared for this shit.

                                                                          • Joyous_Val
                                                                            Joyous_Val  2 weeks back

                                                                            is the money worth it? That’s my one question 😂

                                                                            • Charlotte Beggs
                                                                              Charlotte Beggs  2 weeks back

                                                                              Two pieces of advice/wisdom my mother gave me before I left for college:
                                                                              1. college is the best and the worst 3-4 years of your life
                                                                              2. go to college not to get an education but to become a more interesting person

                                                                              • RJ Moore
                                                                                RJ Moore  1 weeks back

                                                                                #1 is helpful. But it wouldn't hurt for #2's " not to get an education" to be "not only to get an education" because there is nothing wrong with getting an education when you can become a more interesting person while at it. That's the beauty of college!

                                                                            • Brea Jones
                                                                              Brea Jones  2 weeks back

                                                                              I’ve never subscribed to someone because of watching just one video but after watching less than 5 minutes I know I need more of this content in my life!

                                                                              • Fern The Camper
                                                                                Fern The Camper  2 weeks back

                                                                                Very insightful, thank you for sharing your experience with us. I have three degrees, can't say I had a job that actually 'used' the last one, but it certainly helped my focus where I wanted to go and in many ways I use it all the time (though do have to leave out a few letters in my 'in between' jobs because apparently, I'm 'overqualified' or something). If only my degrees had helped me become a less of an awful youtuber with highly questionable filming and editing skills and... well, you get the picture. We make our own path and I love how you've paved yours :-)

                                                                                • Grecia Tapia
                                                                                  Grecia Tapia  2 weeks back

                                                                                  UCLA DINNING HALLS ARE SOO GOOD 🤤🤤❤️ I will never forget their food !!

                                                                                  • Lauren Babich
                                                                                    Lauren Babich  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Your so inspiring wow.

                                                                                    • TheAnthony2D
                                                                                      TheAnthony2D  2 weeks back

                                                                                      to make sure that they dont accept any weirdos, *spend the break time in the bathroom*

                                                                                      • azncoffee
                                                                                        azncoffee  2 weeks back

                                                                                        ahh yes the mean streets of ucla

                                                                                        • Aaron G
                                                                                          Aaron G  2 weeks back

                                                                                          What is UCLA film? Y’all seem kinda wack like there’s no info on the program rly lol and it’s weird that you fit send a film.... in your submission... y’all confuse me.

                                                                                          • midechelle avril
                                                                                            midechelle avril  2 weeks back

                                                                                            this was a fire video. it was raw and honest

                                                                                            • Karina Montoya
                                                                                              Karina Montoya  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I really needed this, thanks Ashley I’m going into my first year of college and I’m so freaking scared to not making it and not being able to enjoy it. I know I’ll have my ups and downs but watching this video has made me a bit more hopeful for what is to come. Thank you ❤️💕