While even on an average day UCLA is bustling with excitement and activity this past Saturday (April 13th) brought the energy to a whole new level. Bruin Day is a special event hosted by UCLA for all admitted seniors in high school to check out the school and potentially SIR (commit to going to UCLA). Over 15,000 RSVP’d to Bruin Day and students from literally all over the world were present. I work for undergraduate admissions and was assigned to work part of Bruin Day, but honestly it was so incredible speaking with excited potential Bruins it did not feel like work at all!

The events throughout the day ranged from organized workshops, campus tours, financial aid counseling, and faculty talks. It really gave students an opportunity to feel the vibe of UCLA and get a snapshot of what their life as a Bruin might feel like if they choose to SIR. My absolute favorite part of Bruin Day was the tent where students could SIR online and then ring the victory bell indicating they have officially become a Bruin! The bell was literally ringing all day long and new Bruins could be seen all across campus wearing a button indicating their commitment.

The excitement of transitioning from high school to college is such an incredible feeling to be a part of. Even though I have been at UCLA for a few years I still remember that incredible feeling of becoming a Bruin. I know how nerve wracking that emotion can be right before committing to a school but it is also one of the most rewarding moments of high school. All the hard work, late study nights, stress over AP’s finally culminates in the admission and acceptance of a school offer. Remember where you choose to go to school is basically choosing your home for the next four years. It feels a little overwhelming but events such as Bruin Day remind me of how thrilling the college process truly is.