Coming in to UCLA as a transfer student, I have to admit that I was pretty nervous. The school I transferred from only has about 900 students, so going from that to the largest school in the state, with about 40,000 students, was a bit of a shock at first. There were so many people, so many activities to get involved in, and way too much to process at first.
I had known about Belles because my mom’s cousin was a Belle during her time at UCLA. I knew it was a highly regarded organization prided on professionalism, leadership, and service—but what I didn’t know is that I would find my true home on campus and become a part of it.
Getting the phone call that I had been accepted as a Belle was the highlight of my week, but little did I know that it would quickly become the highlight of my quarter as well!
Belles has literally become a second family to me, and a place to belong on a campus full of strangers. It’s 80 of my best friends. I have become a part of one of the most amazing groups of young women out there. The interesting thing is that we are all incredibly diverse, our interests, goals, and aspirations lie all over the spectrum, and yet, we have all come together as members of this Association, dedicating ourselves to high values of leadership, service to UCLA and the community, and maintaining the professionalism that Belles has been known for since its beginnings 1946. We have all come together to be a part of something unique and great.
I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of such a wonderful thing.
I have never met such a kind, intelligent, motivated, and strong group of people. I have never had the opportunity to partake in so many wonderful events—from socials like trips to Disneyland (my favorite theme park!) to philanthropy events like the Halloween Dance at the Veteran’s Hospital (definitely my favorite so far), I have always had an incredible time bonding with my fellow Belles and exploring and serving the Los Angeles community as well. There is never a dull moment. We are always laughing, smiling, and having the best time. Having a group like this truly means everything to me.
I can’t wait for what the winter quarter and spring quarter bring. If fall quarter has been this much fun, then I can’t even imagine what’s in store ahead.
Lots and lots of Belle love,
First Year Belle