I normally don’t associate UCLA with politics, but for one week during Spring quarter its all about elections. Every year in spring there are elections held for student government positions in USAC (Undergraduate Student Association Council). The positions range from traditional labels such as President, to more specific departments such as Academic Affairs Commissioner. Similar to political elections, the students running participate in debates, campaigning, and designing platforms. I have never been a super political person but its borderline impossible to not get involved during election week. The great thing about USAC elections is they are not associated with any traditional political parties, but rather UCLA specific concerns. The students do often collaborate into parties such as Bruin’s United and Let’s Act, but their platforms are based on student issues. It is a great way to not only learn about issues on campus but to actually have a voice in how UCLA runs events and other student activities. Bruin Walk is always enthusiastic with people passing out flyers and advertising their student groups but election week takes this to an entire new level. Students fill the walkways discussing issues and campaigning for their favorite candidates. Student passion for UCLA truly shines through during this week on campus. Another fun part of student elections is knowing the candidates personally and helping friends campaign. Bruins are incredibly hard working and the time and effort put into their election efforts is incredible! This year I was closer to the process and have seen how dedicated the candidates are to improving our already phenomenal school. A lot of students at UCLA were part of student government in high school and love the opportunity to continue their campus involvement at the collegiate level. Student elections are just another part of campus life that brings Bruins together and makes our school even more spirited.