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A Sense of Belonging

Being surrounded by the incredibly driven, selfless and compassionate individuals that are Bruin Belles has been so fundamental to me finding a sense of belonging at the immensely intimidating and overwhelming institution that is UCLA. I am continually inspired by the ubiquitous drive to serve and learn among belles, despite the wide diversity of academic interests, campus involvements, and career aspirations. BBSA has allowed me to give, learn, and grow in ways I would have never expected, all while having a lot of fun. Some of my best memories range from making meaningful connections over coffee at Kerckhoff, engaging in hands-on philanthropy projects, and networking with incredible alumni and connected professionals. 

To be frank, this quarter was both mentally and physically exhausting for me as I continue on my search to find my interests and niche at UCLA. However, seeing Belles every week kept me energized, positive, and motivated as I navigated through draining back-to-back scheduled weeks. I am so incredibly fortunate to have the privilege to attend this university and take advantage of everything it has to offer, but further to be surrounded by amazing women who keep me motivated to challenge the flaws of this institution and actively work to reshape them. Belles are always pushing me to be the best version of myself, all while guiding me to find power in my mistakes, challenge myself too vulnerable, and utilize positivity as a foundation for growth. As a Distinguished Belle for the Women’s Leadership Office, I am beyond excited to help our stellar Women’s Leadership Director Audrey Magsig put on our Women’s Leadership Conference this year, along with the wonderful members of our committees and my beautiful co, Molly Schaner. Stay tuned!

Rucha Modi
Distinguished Belle

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