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Impact of Bruin Belles

Without a doubt, I don’t think I could have ever imagined my college experience without Belles. The immediate sense of belonging and love I feel from Belles is beyond imaginable and I know applying for Belles was one of my best decisions at UCLA.


As an incoming freshman, the year was extremely daunting. I knew practically no one who would be attending UCLA and the only thing I could remember from my first few weeks was my dorm room walls. Being extremely shy, I had yet to establish any secure friendships. 


Looking back, I know now that I could have probably tired a little harder, but this also would have never happened without joining BBSA. Upon seeing Belles at the activities fair and then at open house, I was astounded at the sense of sisterhood and support network Belles practically radiated. Even during the interview process (where I’m pretty sure I constantly said “I’m so sorry. I’m so nervous”), every Belle comforted me and allowed me to become more expressive and open. 

Upon Fall Retreat, every individual oozed confidence, empowerment, and grace, all the attributes I wished to become. However during my time in Belles, I realized every individual has these traits and it is with Bruin Belles that it allowed me to step into a much more comfortable version of myself. 

Everyday, I am continuously empowered by these women who are the epitomes of strength and resilience. From volunteering at the LA food bank to garlic knots at C&C Trattoria I don’t want to imagine an experience at UCLA without Belles. I am completely honored to have such an amazing support system and cannot wait for more everlasting memories with you all.


Shashanna Nguyen

Fundraising DB



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