Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below for the most frequently asked questions. 

If you have other questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to email us at grit@saonet.ucla.edu


What does GRIT stand for?

GRIT stands for Guidance, Resilience, Integrity, and Transformation. These traits are the characteristics we try to build up in the students we serve.

Who are grit coaches?

The GRIT coaches are a team of undergraduate and graduate students who receive more than 50 hours of training in wellness areas such as stress management, resiliency building, healthy communication and more in order to support the academic and mental well being of UCLA students. Learn more about the GRIT coaches here.

Where can I sign up for coaching?

You can request a GRIT coach on our Request A Coach page.

How much coaching can I receive?

Students who apply and are paired with a coach will receive weekly, one hour, one-on-one peer coaching for 1 academic quarter.

What if I can't meet for coaching every week?

Let your coach know if you need to skip a week of coaching. We understand that students are busy and that there are times you may not be available.

Who can become a coach?

The opportunity to become a GRIT coach is open to Bruins of all majors and backgrounds who have been on campus for at least one year. Recruitment for peer coaches occurs during winter quarter, and training occurs during spring quarter. 

The spring quarter training is mandatory, and the times are: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6pm from weeks 2-10. Join Our Mailing List to be notified about GRIT Peer Coach recruitment at the beginning of winter quarter.

How long will it take for me to get a coach?

After we receive your coach request form, you will hear from us within a week via email. If your coach request is for the beginning of the quarter, students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. You will hear from your coach during week 1 of the new quarter. If you sign up in the middle or end of the quarter, we will assign you a coach within a week if we have space. Otherwise you are guaranteed a coach once a spot opens up or by the beginning of the next quarter, whichever comes first. 

What if I'm not feeling connected to my coach?

There are a few ways to handle this. One would be to authentically let your coach know how you are feeling, and together you can see if there's ways to shift your rapport to make it better. Another option would be to let us know that you would prefer another coach, and we'll do our best to match you with someone who may be a better fit.

Where is the GRIT program located?

The GRIT program is housed in the Bruin Resource Center located in the Student Activities Center, Suite B44.

Do I have to pay to receive GRIT Peer Coaching?

No, GRIT services are provided free of charge for all UCLA students. In fact, the program is funded through your student fees (as voted on by a committee of dedicated students who decide where your fees go!)

How can I become involved in GRIT?

There are multiple ways in which you can become involved with GRIT. You can sign up to receive peer coaching, or you can apply to be a GRIT peer coach (recruitment and hire takes place during winter quarter). In addition, we hire graduate students as administrative assistants to help run the program.  If you are interested in any of these join our mailing list, to receive recruitment updates and our quarterly educational newsletter.  

Is the coaching private?

We strive to protect a student's privacy in various ways. If a student shares some information where s/he/they may be at risk of harming self or others, coaches are required to inform their supervisors.

Who can get coaching?

GRIT coaching is open to all current, full-time UCLA students.

Can I receive coaching for more than one quarter?

Yes, if you are interested in receiving coaching for an additional quarter (up to 3 quarters total), please fill out the coach request form. You will be assigned a coach on a first come, first serve basis. If you would like to be paired with the same coach, we can do so if they are available. Please indicate that on your request form.