Hanging out with Gene

I’ve had a lot of cool experiences at UCLA, but last Wednesday was one of the coolest…. I got to go to the Chancellor’s house!

Granted, this event was not just for me (there were over 200 other people in attendance), but I felt so privileged to be able to eat food on the Chancellor’s dime alongside numerous other student leaders and administrators.  It was a really cool experience that I will never forget (also, major brag points!).

Most students at UCLA have never met the Chancellor (honestly, most of us never think we will), but there is a running joke where most people instead of references “Chancellor Block” will simply call him Gene.  I don’t know where this started, but by the way most students talk about the Chancellor, you’d expect he knew the entire student population by name.  Even leading up to the event, I told my friends that I was going to party with Gene.  Things like that are not at all uncommon.  Maybe it just adds to the idea that we are all a Bruin Family.

The event itself was a Student Honor’s Reception, so most students at the Chancellor’s were leaders on campus.  I was surprised at how many people I knew!  I am continually surprised by how small UCLA can be.  However, I think my favorite part of the whole event was getting to listen to the Street Hearts perform!  The Street Hearts won at Spring Sing for best band and Bruin choice.  They provided the music for the event and it really made my day!