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First Year Belle: Ashlee Barone


Junior Belles at Fall Retreat

Hi everyone! My name is Ashlee Barone and I am a first year Belles! I am a third year transfer, so this is my first quarter at UCLA. Before coming to UCLA, I was definitely terrified. I was leaving the comfort of my hometown, Fresno, California, to move to a huge school in a big city. My first week was spend awkwardly trying to meet other juniors but instead mingling with freshmen that were two years younger than me. It made me for a real lonely time. All I wanted was to find my own place on this campus, somewhere I could feel a part of a little family. Then, I found Belles.

Ever since I joined Belles, my life has been a whirlwind of excitement.  I’ve gotten to do amazing things like working in the Press Box and watching Homecoming game with the best view in the Rose Bowl.  I got to work at the Grand opening of Pauley and speak to Kareem Abdul Jabbar, something that I will forever brag about. Each week, I get to choose from numerous events that bring a huge smile to those in need and also allow me to walk away with the most rewarding feeling--but that’s not it. The best thing about Belles is I get to do all of this stuff with pretty much the sweetest group of women on this planet.  I’ve made so many amazing friends because of BBSA, and for that I am so grateful.

I finally feel like I’ve found my place.  I walk around campus with my mint green Bruin Belles shirt on, beaming with pride. I love telling loved ones about Belles and all the awesome stuff we are a part of. Each time, they are so jealous of the incredible opportunities BBSA offers.  I love being part of an organization that has a long history of helping others and representing UCLA in such a classy manner.  Joining Belles was the best decision I’ve made since being here.  I can honestly say, pretty much all of my fun, exciting moments that I’ve had at UCLA so far have been because of Belles! So thank you to every one of you gorgeous Belles and can’t wait to make even more amazing memories. I love you all!
Belles at the Grand Reopening of Pauley Pavilion

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