This year has been rough! When we're living in a world where it can be scary to go outside and to interact with other humans, it's hard to make and maintain relationships. On top of that fear, it feels like almost every aspect of our lives have changed. Yet the warmth and the love of Belles has remained a constant in my life. I can still feel the impact of Belles through the sweet messages, check-ins, weekly zoom meetings, and coffee chats because Belles has created such an incredible network of individuals! It’s almost as good as watching the sunset after Monday Meetings outside of Royce.
I’ve found myself spending a lot of time thinking of the things I will be able to do once the pandemic is over once life returns to “normal”: when I can give my friends hugs, when I can see my grandparents, when I can travel to a new city, when I can study in a library (never thought I’d miss doing that!). But Belles has managed to find a way to continue offering such incredible events, a support system, and a family during a time where I feel like I really need it. You will see this in every blog post and hear this at every event, but Belles is truly made up of an incredible group of individuals that make this club more than a club. And the dedication of every Belle is what makes it possible for us to do my favorite thing in Belles: service! Coming into this school year after being home for seven months (how did that happen?) I missed the community service opportunities that I had and I was honestly nervous about how this would look in a virtual setting. I was also nervous to find out if Belles could make as big of an impact on the LA community as it did when we were in person.
Fast forward ten weeks into the quarter and Belles has given so many opportunities to get involved with community service virtually. I’ve loved attending service conferences, having thought-provoking conversations with other Belles, supporting local businesses, and learning more through the Mobile Clinic Project. And those are just a few of the events I’ve been able to attend; there have been so many more amazing events offered through each pillar of Belles. This club has really shown me that each individual can have an impact, even virtually, so that we can keep each other and our communities safe!
I can’t wait to be able to hug all of you again, blast music on the way to events, and watch the sunsets after Monday Meetings. However, I know that Belles will continue to make the most of the time we have to spend apart by making it feel like we are still together.
Social Distinguished Belle