I made the life-changing decision to be an Aggie on Decision Day. Even though this day marked my first time visiting UC Davis, the few hours I spent touring the campus were all that I needed to realize that I would be spending the next four years in Davis. From my parents’ perspective, I made my decision too abruptly. Both of my parents attended UC Santa Barbara and ultimately hoped I would follow in their footsteps. In an attempt to change my mind about UC Davis, my parents overwhelmed me with descriptions of Santa Barbara’s beaches and their experiences rollerblading to classes in their swimsuits. However, I did not want to attend a university solely based on superficial reasons.
In reality, my decision was not as abrupt as it may have seemed. Before Decision Day, I already had an affinity towards UC Davis. As an avid lacrosse player in high school, I wished to continue playing sports competitively in college. Through my research prior to visiting Davis, I learned that UC Davis club sports teams are competitive and highly ranked. Once I was an Aggie, I joined the UC Davis women’s club lacrosse team. Our team ended up winning the national championship in 2012!
As a high school student interested in a career in medicine, I was excited to learn that UC Davis has a medical center and medical school in Sacramento (only a short bus-ride away). UCSB could not offer me the same health internship opportunities because UCSB does not have a medical school like UC Davis.
Before visiting Davis, I already knew I liked the location of the campus. As a snowboarder, I loved the idea that UC Davis is only two hours from Tahoe’s ski resorts. Plus, as a bay area resident, Davis seemed like the perfect distance away from home. The one hour drive to the bay area made the distance seem far enough to promote an independent college life, yet close enough to allow me the opportunity to visit my family as often as I pleased.
With such a positive view of Davis prior to visiting the campus, I hoped to solidify my decision through seeing the student population and general atmosphere at UC Davis. I knew that I would not find sandy beaches in Davis, but I was thoroughly surprised by Davis’ beauty. The campus has luscious trees, brick buildings, a quad filled with lounging students, and an arboretum trail complete with ponds, redwood trees, and even turtles!
I loved the feeling of walking around a campus filled with happy students. Now, I can say with confidence that I am one of those happy students. As a senior with only weeks left at UC Davis, I am jealous of the opportunity that incoming freshman have to experience everything that Davis has to offer.
I hope seeing UC Davis makes your decision as easy as mine was on Decision Day!
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