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Reflections of a Freshman: Brennan Torres

The first thing that the Board Members said, as they stood up in their colorful, coral shirts at Fall Retreat, was, “The best decision I ever made was deciding to come to UCLA. The second best was joining Bruin Belles. Welcome to the family.” At this time, I was a freshman who had only been in school for a little over a month, and this statement was just the thing that I had been waiting to hear from someone since I had started at such a large campus. Since that fateful day, I have taken part in countless philanthropy events on campus and around the Los Angeles area, gone on hikes, and most importantly, eaten A LOT of great food. Bruin Belles has taken me on adventures that a small-town girl like me never would have dreamed of.

Being one of the eight freshmen to be apart of Bruin Belles this year, I have only had the pleasure of being apart of this organization for a few months. Not only has Bruin Belles made me feel like apart of the UCLA campus, it has also shown me that the true way to be a leader is to leave the world a better place than we found it. Most of all, I already know that I have made some life-long friends. Bruin Belles is truly “a family,” and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the next three years.

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