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Bruin Belles: Strong and Kind

    Coming to UCLA, I always knew that I wanted to serve my community. I had joined a service organization my freshman year, but the club and its members were not very active, and so I didn’t feel like I was a part of a community. Bruin Belles attracted me because not only is it a philanthropy organization, but it is also an organization focused on sisterhood and fostering women’s leadership - two values that are very important to me. 

    I would hear from my friends that were already in Bruin Belles that the women in the organization were strong, inspiring, and kind. My one friend put it this way: each Belle is passionate and compassionate. I felt like those two values were core to who I am, and so I decided to pursue recruitment and subsequently had the honor of becoming a member. 

    Right from my first Bruin Belles event at the Baby Belle brunch, I saw that my friends were right about Belles. Every Belle that I met had had their own unique passions for service, some for the environment and others for education, but also exuded a powerful compassion for all people around them. 

    BBSA has become my community that I love. From the trips to get Sidecar donuts to the countless hours planning decorations for the Women's Leadership Conference, every moment with Belles is so sweet. Belles are women that I admire, women that I know that I can lean on for support, and are women that continually inspire me. It is such a joy and privilege to serve alongside these wonderful women. 

Kayla Park                                                                                                                                           
Women's Leadership Distinguished Belle




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