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MY DECISION BY JADA HART

Bruin Nation… I’m. Not. Done. Yet!

When my senior season abruptly ended due to the coronavirus, like many people, I was sad and confused.

This team was so special and we were on our way to one of the best seasons this program has seen and I was feeding off it, individually.

It was a tough pill to swallow knowing that I would not get the opportunity to compete for the Pac-12 and NCAA titles one last time. After a few days of letting the news sink in, I was ready to turn the page on my UCLA career and begin the next chapter of my life. I had done everything I could during my time here and was ready to move on.

However, on March 30, the NCAA officially announced it was granting an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes in spring sports. Even then, I was unsure if I was going to return for my sixth year. After redshirting my freshman season in 2015-16, my life revolved around UCLA women’s tennis. Having the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete for UCLA and earn a degree was already a dream come true.

After discussing the pros and cons of the situation with my family, one thing was very clear.

I was not ready to leave UCLA.

Knowing I was going to get an extra year to end my UCLA career on my terms was an opportunity I could not pass up. I was coming back to UCLA for my sixth and final season.

Wearing those four letters across my chest every day is an honor and something I will never take for granted.

I love UCLA and this tennis program. They have given me the opportunity to develop as both a player and a person. Wearing those four letters across my chest every day is an honor and something I will never take for granted. This university has given me everything I could have wanted and more. There are always new, difficult challenges, both academically and athletically, but this place will always be my second home.

I’m very thankful to the NCAA for giving me one more chance to see this through like I always envisioned. The academics and compliance staffs at UCLA have worked tirelessly to put me in position to make this decision and for that I am also grateful. To the coaches and support staff, thank you for taking me back into your program with open arms. Lastly, I’m very blessed to get one more year to wear the blue and gold and be surrounded by an amazing team that I get to call MY FAMILY.

Bruin Nation… I’m. Not. Done. Yet!

Stay safe and healthy, Bruins, and I’ll see you next season.

Love,

As Always, GO BRUINS!