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The Importance of Balance

Everyone can relate to the feeling of being overwhelmed with work. Of course, there are many joys associated with school and work. Attending UCLA is such a blessing- I am able to study topics that interest me and learn about the world around me amongst some of the most inspiring people I have ever met! However, I believe that it is incredibly important that every person ensures that they find joy, fulfillment, and purpose outside of their schooling and career. Academic and career-related growth is very rewarding, but so is personal and emotional growth. Therefore, it is critical that we spend time discovering our passions and joys outside of the classroom and workplace to live a well-rounded, balanced life and avoid burn-out.

Bruin Belles has certainly motivated me to lead a more balanced life. Whenever I attend Bruin Belles events, I often find myself in a conversation with a fellow Belle about what we have been up to lately. I can't even explain how many times I have felt inspired by hearing what Belles are up to! From baking new recipes to fostering pets to dancing- I always feel motivated to spend more time exploring personal endeavors. Belles are passionate about such a wide variety of topics- from the arts to athletics to spirituality to advocacy. I love learning about everyone's unique interests.

I cultivate balance through hiking, surfing (more like attempting to surf), and cooking. This quarter, I established a goal for myself: spend a few hours during the school week (along with the weekend of course) doing an outdoor activity that I enjoy. This commitment takes some sacrifice like waking up early, but I have never once regretted a morning swim or hiking adventure before class. In fact, I find that these moments fulfill me the most and motivate me throughout the week.

Ultimately, Bruin Belles has helped me understand the importance of valuing our multifaceted identities. Bruin Belles' variety of involvements: Philanthropy, Women's Leadership, Campus Culture, and Social help us spend time doing activities that align with many valuable aspects of life. 

Wishing everyone a joyful, fulfilling, and balanced year!

Anna Baldzikowski
Secretary Distinguished Belle 

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