swift water rescue


Swift Water River Rescue
Los Angeles River

On December 23, 2012, people heard cries for help from the area of the LA River. The Glendale FD responded and requested the LAFD Swift Water Rescue Team. A full swift water assignment was assigned and it took close to an hour by both agencies to rescue a homeless man from a small island in the middle of the river.

Photo by Mike Meadows

How to Write Your UC Activities List

First, why is the UC Activities List important? While your personal statement shows who you are, your Activities List showswhat you’ve done. Keywords: leadership, responsibility, impact

The UC Activities List is more comprehensive than the Common App Activities List. Why? Because the UC Activities List gives you 30 blanks for inputting your information (with 160 characters space for describing each activity), while the Common App only gives you space for 10 activities (and 150 character descriptions). 

TIP: Make your UC Activities List first, then you’ll choose your Top 10 for the Common App and cut down the 160-characters descriptions to 150, if needed.

Let’s get started…

The UC application will ask you to split your activities into…

  • Activities & Awards

  • Educational Prep Programs

  • Volunteer & Community Service

  • Work Experience

  • Awards & Honors

  • Extracurricular Activities

You’ll get to list five for each of these six categories (so you’ll have 30 slots).

IMPORTANT: Try to fill all the “Volunteer & Community Service” and “Extracurricular Activity" spots. I know that sounds like weird pressure, but do your best.

ACTION ITEM: I want you to create a Google doc right now labeled “[Your Name] UC Activities List” with all your activities and 160-character descriptions.

First, here are some awesome examples:

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Educational Prep Programs

Yosemite Backpacking Excursion
Learned basic survival skills and took part in team leadership training and development activities.

Narrative Writing Workshop
Attended a writing workshop during the summer after my junior that focused on the narrative and descriptive writing.

Independent Study
Researched, presented thesis as Interim Semester project on the state of the aging population in Singapore and government stance on the issue.


Volunteer & Community Service

Intern at Children’s Institute Otis Booth Campus
Brainstormed ideas for after school programs for teens,created surveys,presented data to supervisor

Member of Civics Committee
Provide mentorship support to ninth graders; responsible for assigning tutors, coordinating events.

Street Soccer Program
Volunteer for County Fair fundraising committee supporting underprivileged kids playing street soccer.

Volunteered to support Centre for Caregivers events; Model Caregivers Awards. Helped write government proposals and helped get performers backstage ready.

Global Partner for International Orientation
I help new international students with registration and adjustment to the new school environment.


Work Experience

Administrative Assistant at Shingari’s School of Rhythm
In charge of customer service, managing financial accounts, recording attendance, managing inventory, and all other administrative aspects

Childcare (Paid)
Worked 3-5 days a week taking care of two children, ages 1 and 3. Responsibilities included feeding, changing and regulating bed times.

Manager, Student Store
Developed student store policies, reviewed resumes and hired accordingly and worked part time as a cashier.

Coach and Technical Analyst, LA County Intramural Basketball
Led fitness sessions, trained others in technical fundamentals; also helped with video analysis.

Korean Compassion: Korean-to-English Letter Translator
Translated letters sent by supporters to impoverished children in Asian and African countries.


Awards & Honors

Speech and Debate
Academic All-American Award, NFL Tournament Qualifier (‘11, '12), Rupe Scholar, Stanford Invitational Semi-finalist, Harker Invitational Semi-finalist

Player of the Tournament
Was named Best Player in the local Lincoln Heights Invitational.

Highest Scorer
Highest scorer in annual Carl Schubert trophy between Singapore and Malaysia’s under-23 team.

“Iron Man” Award
Given for "outstanding athletic performance in keeping with the physical mission of the Naval Academy.

White Water Kayaking Nationals (5th place)
Competed at the 2013 United States Slalom National Competition in Bryson City (placed 5th). Paddled Class 5 rapids. Swift Water rescue certified


Extracurricular Activities

Founder and President of Model United Nations
Organize meetings, coach students for conferences, raise money and awareness for UNICEF causes, awarded "Outstanding Delegate” at every conference attended

Intern at the Los Angeles Superior Court
Assisted a Los Angeles District Attorney by researching relevant case laws, drafting briefs, and assisting with client interviews

Research Assistant at the UCLA Psychology Department
Assisted Dr. Negin Ghavemi with a study exploring the relationship between gender, age, and sexual identity in elementary and middle school

Indian Classical and Bollywood Dancer
SSR Scholarship, VMASC 1st Place Cinematic Dance, KCCNA 3rd pl. in folk, VMASC 1st Pl. Classical Dance, KALA Kalolsavam 1st Pl. Group Dance

Strings Orchestra
Played as a cellist in the school orchestra in various evening concerts and performances throughout the year.


Angels are noisy things.

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 48th Rescue Squadron conduct swift water rescue training near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., during Angel Thunder 2013. Angel Thunder is the largest joint service, multinational, interagency combat search and rescue exercise designed to train personnel recovery assets using a variety of scenarios to simulate deployment conditions and contingencies.

(U.S. Air Force photos by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon, 10 APR 2013.)

Storm hits Southern California; 1 person rescued from LA River

Los Angeles Times: Two people were said to be clinging to trees in the fast-moving Los Angeles River as a storm hit Southern California on Friday.

One man was rescued, and the fire department is working to find the second person.

The storm has washed out roads and buried homes in mud and debris across the region.Los Angeles Department of Water and Power says more than 20,000 customers are without power in the city. Southern California Edison says crews are working to restore power to 44,000 customers.

Follow updates on Breaking News.

Photo: A swift-water rescue is underway in the Los Angeles River off Glendale Boulevard. (Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)


Flooding devastates parts of West Virginia

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says early reports indicates more than 100 homes have been seriously damaged or destroyed and about 66,000 homes and businesses are still without power after a storm dropped 9 inches of rain on parts of the state.

Tomblin gave an update on the flooding during a news conference Friday. He said 17 shelters were open and 200 National Guard soldiers are actively helping in eight counties with swift water rescues, search and extraction efforts and health and welfare checks.

The governor has declared a state of emergency in 44 of 54 counties and authorized up to 500 soldiers to assist.

The governor says he had planned to fly around the hart-hit areas, but wasn’t able to because all state aircraft used for rescues. (AP)

Photos: Steve Halber/AP

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