I remember the day my roommate, Victoria, came back from the activities fair with a small flyer that would have an enormous impact on both of our UCLA experiences. She told me about Bruin Belles, gave me the flyer, and encouraged me to apply. Fast forward to the end of the application process and the two of us are shopping in Westwood when I receive a phone call informing me that I was accepted into BBSA! I hung up the phone and my intense excitement quickly turned to stress, as Victoria had yet to receive a call. After a stressful few minutes (realistically thirty seconds), Victoria got the same phone call and we went back to our dorms beaming. At our first fall retreat, I met some of the kindest women I have ever known. They welcomed me into a family that has been a cornerstone of my time as a Bruin. As a car-less freshman, Bruin Belles gave me countless opportunities to venture into new areas of our exhilarating city with amazing new friends. Belles eased my transition from a small high school and proved to be a wonderful support system and community. Sophomore year I grew close with new Belles and maintained friendships with those who graduated, visiting them everywhere from San Diego to Boston. Our weekly meetings and philanthropy events continued to be incredible additions to my increasingly busy college schedule. I decided to give back to the organization that had given me so much and was elected as Public Relations Director my junior year. I had the privilege of serving on executive board alongside some of my closest friends, including Victoria. Serving on executive board was so rewarding and allowed me to bond with members in a new and exciting way. My time at UCLA has been infinitely improved by being in BBSA. I truly cannot imagine being a Bruin without being a Bruin Belle and I will always be grateful for the tremendous Belle Love that has been such a beautiful part of the last four years.
Fourth Year Bruin Belle