A Message from Dr. Charles J. Alexander

Dear AAP Scholar,

I would like to take this time to welcome you back to campus, and if you are a new student entering this year CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance and enrollment to UCLA!  AAP has a long and rich history of working with students like yourself and we are excited about supporting and assisting you with graduating from the nation’s #1 Public University.  As you begin the new academic year, I would like to share a few tips with you.

  1. Effective time management and study habits can significantly impact your academic performance. I encourage you to create a study schedule that allows you to cover all subjects while leaving room for breaks and relaxation. Consistency is key!
  2. Setting academic goals are important. Ask yourself “What do I aim to achieve this year?” Whether it’s maintaining a certain GPA, excelling in a particular subject, or participating in academic competitions, setting clear goals will keep you motivated and focused.
  3. You should explore extracurricular activities. College isn’t just about academics; it’s also about personal growth and exploration. Challenge yourself to engage in extracurricular activities that align with your interests, be it sports, arts, clubs, or volunteering. These experiences can help shape character and open new doors… And they’re very impressive on the resume.
  4. Be proactive with your education. Don’t wait for challenges to arise – be proactive! If you’re facing any kind of difficulties, seek help early. AAP Staff, Peer Learning Facilitators, faculty members, and your fellow peers are there to support you on your learning journey.
  5. Don’t wait to explore your post-graduation plans. It’s never too early to start thinking about your future beyond college. I encourage you to schedule a meeting with one of AAP’s Graduate Mentors or Academic Counselors to discuss your post-secondary options. This conversation will provide invaluable insights and guidance as you help map out your educational and career path.

Remember, success is a journey, not just a destination. You should embrace each experience, both in and out of the classroom, and make the most of the opportunities that this incredible campus has to offer.  Finally, as Chancellor Block shared in his welcome message, I want to remind everyone of our COVID-19 protocol updates and public health reminders to help reduce the spread of illness among our community. A new COVID-19 vaccine is now available and recommended by the CDC for all who are eligible.

Have a great academic year and we look forward to working with you.


Dr. Charles J. Alexander
Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity
Director, Academic Advancement Program