Friday, September 14, 2007

Why I love UCLA (Shakira edition)

So many reasons to love UCLA, I couldn't even begin to list them here. Maybe one day I'll do a post like Navid and make a similar list.

The AP just reported today that Shakira has been a UCLA student this summer, taking a course in ancient Western history! And the professor had no idea it was her the whole time!

For the past month, the Colombian pop star has been taking a class at the University of California, Los Angeles, called "Introduction to Western Civilization: Ancient Civilizations from Prehistory to Circa A.D. 843."


The class began Aug. 6 and ended Thursday, though Shakira didn't attended the last few classes, according to course lecturer Robert Cleve. Cleve said he hadn't known she was a celebrity during the course and was astonished to learn she was a pop star.

"She told me she was visiting from Colombia and that she was just doing this for her own enlightenment and enjoyment," Cleve said. "She looked like just an ordinary student. She wasn't flamboyant ... she didn't act like a big celebrity or anything."

Shakira, who sat near the front in the third row of the lecture hall, would often discuss the course material with him after class.

"I was really impressed with how intelligent she was," said Cleve.

Oh, UCLA. :-)

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