Congratulations, high school is over and you have made your parents proud by getting accepted to several colleges. Perhaps you are considering UC Davis because your buddy also applied, or your siblings got their degree here, or simply because it is closer to home. If you are unsure exactly why you might choose UC Davis, perhaps I can help by sharing what sealed the deal for me.
Let’s start off with the smaller details to the larger picture:
- Location: The proximity of Davis to home (in my case, San Francisco) was just right personally. It wasn’t so far that I would have to book a flight to visit the parents during the holidays, but at the same time it gave me a decent amount of distance from my parents to exercise my new-found “independence”.
- The campus: Open your eyes to the pristine green scenery around the school. Not only are bike-rides in campus and around town safe and relaxing, they will also save you money and help you keep fit! The campus offers many places to concentrate and focus on studying, but Downtown Davis is just a few blocks away from campus if you and your friends are looking for a night out! Things to check out when you visit the campus: the Arboretum, the Mondavi Center, and the Memorial Union.
- The vibe: People you see around the campus are friendly, always down to help, and usually carry around a positive/chill attitude. With the amount of ethnic and sexuality awareness on campus, our students are kept comfortable and safe from harassment.
- Diversity: Education exists beyond the boundaries of lecture halls; as a student you will be exposed to other cultures and ethnic groups which will prove to be extremely valuable to your professional career later on. Globalism is present and real on this campus.
- A tailored-learning experience: Besides offering more than 100 undergraduate majors and 113 minors, UC Davis also provides many resources for its students. These resources will help you navigate through your classes, your career, and the journey to a well-rounded you. For further reading about such resources, refer to http://admissions.ucdavis.edu/careerprep/advising.cfm
Now that I am midway through my third year at UC Davis, I have made lifelong friendships, joined an exciting a cappella group, experienced undergraduate research, and got hired as a peer adviser. Through being a part of the Pre-Dental Society and shadowing dentists at internships provided by the Internship and Career Center on campus, I am glad to say that I have found a career I would love pursuing after college. In hindsight with regards to my decision to join the Aggie Family, I would not want to have it any other way.
A tour of UC Davis is highly recommended. Do not hesitate to take your time to explore whether or not this school is a good fit for your academic pursuits and personality. And whatever school you end up choosing, the most important thing is to put yourself out there and GET INVOLVED.
Best of luck to you,
Biology Academic Success Center
Microbiology, Class of 2015