When asked what Bruin Belles is all about, we summarize our focus on community service and women’s leadership, as we are united under these integral fundamentals. Yet, the experience of Bruin Belles extends far beyond those five words. Bruin Belles as an organization and the Belles in it are incredibly well-rounded. Attending community service events, campus sports and arts events, and women’s leadership events throughout every quarter connects Belles to fellow Belles, fellow students, the UCLA community, and the Los Angeles community at large. The wholistic nature of the events and goals of Bruin Belles provides Belles with the opportunity to enrich their UCLA experience. The significance of all the experiences that Bruin Belles provides is augmented by the caliber of the women themselves. Every Belle with whom I’ve had the incredible opportunity of becoming friends with is grounded, passionate, ambitious, and compassionate. I don’t use these words lightly. Regardless of major or intended career path, Belles are united by a desire to put their best foot forward in all aspects of life and contribute to the future of humanity as strong female leaders. (There is that ambition I mentioned before.) There is a level of comfort in Belles knowing that you can walk up to any member and have a genuine conversation. Conversations can be real and raw, and support will be given around every corner. But, have no fear, you can always find a good laugh too! The relationships that are formed boost each other up. Belles truly want the best for each other. The kind eyes, welcoming smiles, and listening ears make Belles some of the sweetest people. Now, when you take a group like Belles and put each individual in service and leadership roles, progress and passion flourish. I’m incredibly thankful to be part of such an amazing group of women that give meaning and names to service and leadership.
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