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Summer send-offs help new UCLA students get ready for Bruin life

Freshmen and transfers are able to meet fellow incoming students and ask questions of current students, alumni and staff

Alumni sendoff Washington, D.C.

The students learn some of the ins and outs of UCLA at the 2017 New Bruin Send-off in Washington, D.C.

To help incoming Bruins prepare for life on campus, this summer members of the UCLA community are hosting more than 60 New Bruin Send-offs around the world.

These events, which are geared toward new freshmen and transfer students, bring thousands of Bruins together to celebrate the beginnings of their new lives as UCLA students. Through attending send-offs, new freshmen and transfers are able to meet fellow incoming students, ask questions of current students, alumni and university staff, and learn about ways to get involved and even begin networking for jobs and internships.

“Send-offs are a time for parents, new Bruins, current students and alumni from all generations [to be] in one spot just to share in each other’s company and energy,” said Steve Yu, who graduated in 1995 with his bachelor’s degree and 2003 with his M.B.A. Yu is also former send-off chair for the Westside Los Angeles Send-off.

The send-offs aren’t just for the new Bruins either. Parents and families have an opportunity to meet each other and hear from current students family members, who often have just gone through the same transition and have advice. For alumni, send-offs serve as an opportunity to give back to UCLA in a way that demonstrates the strength of the Bruin family, which counts more than 500,000 alumni.

New Bruin Send-offs are planned in collaboration among alumni, parent volunteers and UCLA Alumni Affairs. These events are free and open to the all members of the Bruin family. To check out a location near you, click here.

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