As a second year transfer and a senior, I could not be happier that I am closing out my year with Belles as the Community Outreach Co-Director. Transferring from a community college in the Bay Area, I lacked a sense of community in the Los Angeles area that held similar interests to mine. I had engaged in extensive community service while I was at community college, and I knew I wanted to continue serving but I did not want to be limited to one cause. BBSA explores service in a multitude of communities, and we have worked with organizations like Dress for Success, Share a Meal, Baby2Baby, Harvest Home, and more. In an institution as large as UCLA, it is easy to feel consumed and overwhelmed, feel alienated from the rest of your peers, and experience “FOMO” as many may say. While I did not have the typical college experience, as many of us did not due to the pandemic, I was able to join a community of like-minded women that represented what I was seeking.
While we are focused on community outreach and women’s leadership, we also have other offices that make Belles so amazing! Our social office plans amazing events which keep Belles connected and allow us to create deeper bonds - some of my personal favorites have been the Salt & Straw social and the study sessions at YRL. There are so many wonderful things about each office in BBSA, you would have to join it to experience it yourself!
If you’re searching for a new organization to join that fosters personal growth and amazing friendships, don’t hesitate to apply to BBSA. We can’t wait to add new Belles to our bunch!
Community Outreach Co-Director