Coming into my second year at UCLA, I was looking to find an organization to join that would provide me with a supportive, welcoming community amid our vast campus. I loved my first year at UCLA; however, I struggled to find my place within such a big school. It was difficult to make close friends and forge strong connections. Joining Belles in my second year completely changed this– Bruin Belles welcomed me with open arms, and I am forever grateful for the many ways that this group has shaped me.
Though this may sound very cliché, I can wholeheartedly say that joining Belles has been one of the best decisions I have made at UCLA. Belles has provided me with endless opportunities from expanding the ways I can serve the Los Angeles community to invaluable tips on bettering my personal growth. But most of all, Belles has given me endless love and beautiful friendships.
Throughout the year, I found more and more ways to become involved in the organization, and the more time I devoted to Belles, the more I grew to love it. Some of my favorite memories come from Belles—whether it be beach days or volunteering together, I cherish all the time I have spent with my Belles. I am beyond excited for another year with my Belles, and to give back to this organization that has given me so much by serving as DEI Director.
I cannot put into words how much Belles has given to me and how thankful I am to have joined this group of incredibly talented, inspiring, and genuine people; but I hope this post is enough to show truly how I love Belles.
Belle love <3
Sanaa Malik (she/her)