"I love UCLA. Everyone in my family loves UCLA. It's an amazing school," Winter told ET's Lauren Zima at Modern Family's Emmy consideration event
in Los Angeles on Monday. "The college process was so long and just really, really insane. But at the end of the day, I'm so happy with UCLA."
"When I got the acceptance letter I literally just sat and cried staring at my computer," the 18-year-old college-bound actress
recalled, saying she'll continue acting while in school.
Winter also opened up about her many bold -- and revealing
-- looks that she's been sharing on Instagram in recent months, and revealed that her body confidence
is something that "just grew over time."
"I've been through a rollercoaster with myself definitely, growing up in the public eye," she admitted. "But I think now as I've gotten older… I've had so many people around to help me learn to accept myself and that's been really amazing for me."
"It's a journey for everybody to find a way to be able to love themselves completely and never be insecure," Winter added.
From the multitude of skin-baring bikini shots
and sultry ensembles she's been rocking recently, it's hard to imagine she's insecure at all. Winter says the only thing she thinks about when she posts pics to Instagram is how much she likes sharing her life with her devoted fans.
"I love to share everything because I know the people that follow me like to see what's going on, and I love to share it with them," she explained. "The people that support me, their comments are so lovely and I love sharing my life with them."
One of her biggest supporters is her boyfriend, Laurent Claude Gaudette, who's been by Winter's side for some time.
"We've been together for three years and for the three years he's always been so supportive, so loving, and he's really helped me build up my confidence as well," she shared. "I'm just really grateful for him."
Recently, Winter and Gaudette hit up Coachella
, where the Modern Family
star flaunted her curves
in a low-cut yellow lace top and short denim cut-offs to beat the Indio, California heat. Check out the video below to see more from the cute couple's Coachella adventure.