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Enacting Greater Change in Healthcare

From my first day in Belles, I was in awe of the interdisciplinary outlook Belles had in their fields of interests. One Belle was passionate about combining their love for engineering and Disney, prompting them to become a Disney Imagineer. Another Belle advocated to protect the environment while also using her designing skills to create sustainable products, like bamboo utensils, for members to use. These unique interests and diverse ideas challenged me to find what I was truly passionate about and understand how I can incorporate it into my larger goal of being a respected and compassionate health care professional. 
Belles has always presented a wide array of events catering to every individual’s interests. I found joy in attending our scrapbooking socials and virtual Zumba events where I felt comforted and supported in a space to explore my artistic side. By finding creative mediums to express myself with those around me, I found that I was able to connect with my fellow Belles, UCLA community, and charities of the greater Los Angeles area on a deeper level. The importance of tailoring communication techniques in the healthcare field is imperative to overcome any social, cultural, and physical boundaries faced. By using different forms of communication, through nonverbal hand gestures and facial expressions, and verbal acknowledgements, each patient and healthcare worker can understand each other’s concerns regardless of their backgrounds.
Throughout my experiences in Belles, I have been constantly learning of the disparities in society and how I can tailor my skills and interests to serve those around me. I am so thankful for my fellow Belles and Belle alumni who have poured their compassion and support to help me feel supported and loved. This year our board members formed an alumni mentorship program where Belles were paired with an alumni of a similar background to help guide us through our undergraduate career. Each alumni has inspired and guided me to incorporate my passions into my goal of serving the greater community around me. Thank you Bruin Belles for challenging, supporting, and motivating me to step out of my comfort zone and enact greater changes to the world around me.


Simrina Desar
Campus Culture Distinguished Belle







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