One of the best parts of a UCLA education is the connections and relationships that are built within the Bruin community. It is not uncommon to hear of roommates becoming best friends or randomly assigned lab partners studying together after class. Until we can be on campus together again, the UCLA Pen Pal Program facilitates a new way to generate unexpected connections that often grow into meaningful friendships. The UCLA Pen Pal Program will match two Bruins based on their common interests. These two students will become pen pals for the quarter, where they can exchange letters, doodles, art, etc. If the pen pals chose to communicate via physical mail, prepaid postcards will be provided. Throughout the quarter, the students have the option to follow guiding prompts on WEBSITE for inspiration. Please fill out this FORM if you are interested in participating in the UCLA Pen Pal Program. We will reach out shortly to notify you of your pen pal match and provide further guidance.
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Mailing Tool Kit
Postcard Mailing Q&A (see the postcard template graphic attached to confirm your postcard is ready to send)
- How to mail a postcard
Use the back of the postcard to address the recipient. It might seem counterintuitive at first! Since the front of your postcard has the letter illustration, you will use the blank space on the back to write your pen pal’s address. Flip your postcard photo side down to get started!
Write the recipient’s address on the right-hand side of the postcard. Use the lines on the right side of the postcard. The first line will contain your pen pal’s name, the second will list their street address, and the third will list the city, state, zip code, and country you are sending the postcard to. Use the graphic below/above to guide your process.
Write your handwritten message using the blank space on the left-hand side of the postcard. Check out our prompts to get your writing started. It always helps to have an idea of what you will write before the pen meets the postcard.
- How to determine your postage (for a postcard or envelope)
Follow these links to determine your postage:
USPS Retail Postage Price Calculator
- How to stamp your postcard
Before sending off your postcard, don’t forget to add a stamp! Your stamp goes in the upper right corner of the postcard near the recipient’s mailing address. Be sure to add the right amount of postage so your card arrives, especially if you’re using international postage. Care package recipients: please note that the postcards we mailed you are pre-stamped and do not need additional postage. The Forever stamps included in the care package should be used for sending mail in envelopes only.
Check out these images below to make sure everything’s good to go before you send your postcard!
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