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In response to Eileen Ly’s post, “Help! What am I Majoring In?” we received this submission from the UC Davis library. Great advice!

The University Library is a great tool in the decision making process for picking a major. A visit to the University Library and a talk with one of our many subject specialists Librarians can help one explore the kind of work people do in any academic field. The library has great introductory texts, the key journals in each field of study, and academic society publications. By seeing what is expected from different professions and careers, students are better positioned to make an informed choice about their futures.

David Michalski, Social and Cultural Studies Librarian

By Aubrey Harper

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College is the ultimate time to meet new people, get out there, and fall into the sticky, tricky territory of new relationships. Of the many varieties of college relationships (I use the term loosely here), you will see the casual daters, the couple who fall in love at first sight and will inevitably get married, the guy/girl who is friendzoned and can’t figure out why, and then… the dreaded LONG DISTANCE relationship. You know what I mean. That roommate who came to college claiming their high school love is “the one,” but conveniently finds another “one” by Thanksgiving.

Whoops. Did I get too cynical?

Don’t get me wrong here. I love love, and all that mushy, butterfly-in-your-stomach, should-I-wait-for-him-to-call-or-just-call-him stuff. But you have to agree that one thing that ALL relationships are is hard. And yes, most relationships do not end in happily ever after-at least not together. Yet, we all keep trying. Hey, it only takes one to stick for it to be all worth it, right?

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One of the biggest relationship decisions I have had to make is whether or not to maintain a long distance relationship with my high school boyfriend once we both graduated. We were both going to different schools, but our 3 year relationship seemed too important to just set aside. This is not an uncommon predicament for college freshmen. Maybe you’re trying to decide the same thing. I can’t tell you what’s best for you, but I can tell you how my decision went.

I hate to reduce such an important decision in my life down to a pro-con list, but that’s essentially what it became when my boyfriend and I were trying to figure things out. Interestingly enough, the deciding factors were those that could fit in both pro and con, depending on how I looked at them. For example, did I see our consistent relationship as stability I needed or as an unwanted stagnation in my life? Would having a boyfriend far away make it harder to focus on meeting new people and my studies or easier because he wouldn’t be there to distract me?

In the end, we decided to brave the dreaded “LDR”, despite the awful statistics and somewhat rocky summer we had just barely survived. We made it all the way to finals of Spring quarter that year before we realized our relationship wasn’t working for us anymore. As with any relationship, there were ups and downs, but it was a great learning experience (cliche, but true) and I think we both came out of it as stronger individuals and knowing ourselves a little better.

When we were first facing the decision of a long distance relationship, it took a lot of talking and a lot of advice. Here are some things I learned that will hopefully help you:

  • Finally seeing each other is kind of on par with going to Disneyland/the beach/the mountains/wherever your happy place is. All at once. Ok, maybe this seems obvious, but the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder” really holds. Yeah, the separation might suck (it will) in the meantime, but there’s nothing like your monthly date to keep you motivated through your studies.

  • Everything a regular relationship takes, a long distance relationship requires tenfold. Commitment, communication, trust. If your relationship is weak in any of these areas now, this tends to blow up in your face. The distance will test you: either it will make your relationship stronger or show the hidden problems.

  • Small issues that don’t seem like problems become big problems in long distance. This kind of goes back to the last point. If one of you doesn’t like to Skype as much as the other, that isn’t much of a problem when you go to the same high school and live close to each other. But when you stop seeing each other daily, these problems become magnified. Just remember to openly communicate, preferably before you leave for college, when communication takes a lot more effort.

  • Once you start thinking about breaking up, that feeling doesn’t go away. Yes, it’s a little depressing, but if you already have some recurring thoughts that things aren’t how you want them, it’s probably because things aren’t how you want them. So listen to that voice inside your head before you commit to long distance because it knows you way better than I do.

The biggest thing I can say is that you probably already know what you want. If one or both of you are you are already hesitant or overly cynical, maybe it’s time to part ways before things get too messy. But, if you are both confident and committed to a healthy relationship, then you can make it work. Just try not to be too cute and rub it in the rest of our faces.

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I’ve found that people who haven’t been to Davis tend to “know” two things about it.  It smells like cows, and it’s hot.  I can probably count the number of times I’ve noticed the cow smell on one hand, but it can get pretty hot around here, especially for a self-proclaimed weather-wimp like myself that grew up in the wonderfully mild Bay Area.  

Last summer, I was in Davis taking classes during summer session one. A couple days it got up to 115 degrees, and I had to drag myself through the miserable heat to get to class. I was only taking one class, and while the work load was light and refreshing, the temperature inside the classroom it took place in was not. On a particularly hot day in lab, one of my friends asked if she could donate an electric fan to the cause and half the room looked up and stared at her with the most serious expressions, hoping against all hope that she wasn’t joking.

Just when I was beginning to think the only thing a summer in Davis had to offer me was sweaty clothes and sunburns,  a friend of mine asked if I wanted to go see the annual Davis fireworks show that takes place on the Fourth of July .

I was surprised to learn Davis even had a fireworks show.  My home town did, but it was larger and the show always got so busy and the roads always got so stopped up that I’d never actually been to it.  In fact, I’d never been to any fireworks show.

The part of me that likes watching action movies and thinks explosions and flashing lights are great was intrigued, and I said I’d love to go.

Every year, the show is held at Community Park, and my friend, my roommate, and I followed groups of people decked out in red, white, and blue all the way there from downtown.  When we arrived around 7:30, the park was already bustling.  We made our way over to the vendors, grabbed some snow cones and plopped down on the grass among all the other people and the bugs (there are bugs, you’ve been warned).

Eventually, it got dark enough for the show to begin and the first fireworks I’d ever seen burst open in the night sky.   

I was utterly captivated, but my friend had never sat so close to fireworks and ended up getting scared of their falling remains.  She asked if we could move under some of the trees.  I couldn’t tear myself away, so I asked if she’d feel safer if my roommate and I sat in front of her and made a wall between her and the fireworks.  She said she’d try it, sure, and we ended up spending the entire show sitting like this.friend fort.png

I don’t think I looked away from the sky the whole time except to check on my friend once or twice to make sure she was feeling safe.

Despite the tweaked backs, it was a cool experience and I hope to be able to repeat it this coming summer.  If you’re in town, maybe I’ll see you there!

-Kelsey

By Aubrey Harper

Packing for your first year away from home is a pretty daunting task. There are some pretty handy apps and plenty of checklists online (like this one that UC Davis Student Housing conveniently compiled) that can help, but there’s always something you wish you had brought! Here are 10 things to make sure to bring to your freshman dorm!

  1. Extra pillows/blankets. Since your only seating is a desk chair and beds, pillows and blankets make hanging out in your room a lot more cushy. Also, when it’s November and your building hasn’t turned off the automatic A/C keeping your room at 60º, you basically live in a throw blanket.

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  1. Bike light and extra batteries. You’re going to be biking at night. You need a bike light. Don’t be surprised when it will probably accidentally stay on during the day when you don’t notice, and it will run out of batteries. So make sure to bring both. I had a bike light that screwed onto my handlebars, which was convenient because it was relatively difficult to steal and I didn’t have to remember to take it every time I might need it.

  2. Clorox wipes. When your mom puts these into the cart while you’re shopping for all your dorm room stuff, DO NOT STOP HER. Sickness spreads fast in such close quarters.

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  1. Extra lighting. Between my roommate and I, we eventually accumulated 5 extra lamps by the end of the year. That’s on top of the 2 lamps that are provided. Don’t rely on the overhead lighting.

  2. Dusting materials. Do yourself a favor and bring a dust rag and some Pledge. Allergies in Davis are brutal, so there’s no use making them worse by living in filth.

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  1. Snack foods and plates/forks to eat them. Study snacks are a must, and they’re a lot easier to eat when you don’t have to eat like an animal. Also bring things with which to wash said dishes.

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  1. A small suitcase/bag to pack to take on weekend trips. Three day weekends are a great chance to go visit the nearby hometowns of your roomies, so make sure you have something that could function as a bag for these trips.

  2. Ear plugs. Nothing like a super loud party next door the night before an exam to make you wish you had brought ear plugs.

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  1. A laundry basket. I mean a REAL laundry basket. With structure and handles and preferably made out of plastic. I had one of those hamper/laundry bags in order to save space. Do not be fooled, those are not even close to the same convenience as a real laundry basket.  I cannot count the times I tried to stuff all my clothes in there and managed to drop socks and underwear all over the laundry room floor because the bag was weirdly folding. Plus, they are pretty handy to stick random stuff in (if you ever actually take the time to empty/fold your laundry).

  2. Fruit bowl. Weird? Yes. But since you can take one fruit out of the dining commons everytime you go, you start to accumulate a lot of apples and bananas. Like, a lot. The bowl helps to avoid finding an old banana wedged between your bed and the wall. If you don’t particularly like fruit, make it a snack bowl with deliciously unhealthy goodies.


I hope this helps you to have a great start to your first year in the dorms!


By Kelsey Walker

My first year at UC Davis, the apartment I was lodged in provided furniture for me.  This was wonderful, but as the following school year approached, my roommates and I were wondering how to go about acquiring some furniture of our own on the cheap. That’s when we heard about Moving Day.

Essentially, on August 31st, many of the leases in Davis expire all at once and everyone moves at the same time.  While this sucks if you’re one of the ones moving,  it’s actually quite handy if you’re hunting for free furniture.

Around this time of year, most apartment complexes put out dumpsters or create designated donation areas for moving residents to leave their unwanted items.  This means that unclaimed furniture is just laying all around town for the taking.

While a lot of it is somewhat disgusting or trash (think: used mattresses with mystery stains on them lying in the dirt), you can also find some pretty nice, or at least usable, stuff.

My roommates and I were on the prowl for weeks beforehand as we watched stuff accumulate in the apartment parking lots.

During one of these weeks , our upstairs neighbor was moving out with the help of two heavily-muscled men, and she had them set a bunch of furniture right outside our door.  She caught us ogling it and asked if we wanted anything - a silly question, really.  We walked away with a bookshelf and an IKEA dresser in great condition - our first score!

Over the following days, we became slightly more ambitious and moved beyond furniture conveniently  located 10 feet from our doorstep.  We practically stalked the donation station in our own apartment complex.  We found a cool high-backed chair, more bookshelves (seriously - these things are everywhere), and a bed frame with an easily-repaired drawer.  The two buff guys that had been helping our upstairs neighbor move out saw my roommate, our friend, and I struggling to move the bed frame into the house and actually carried it in for us - such kindness was truly moving.

On the actual 31st we set out in a large car and drove around to other complexes, snatching up the items that seemed to be in better shape or easily repaired.  We soon realized that there was no way to fit all three of us in the car with some of our larger furniture items, and several times I was abandoned as my two roommates took things back and unloaded them into our living room.   

By the end of the day I was tired and hot from being out in the Davis heat, but our house was full of wonderful, free furniture.

If you, too, like free stuff - and really, how could you not?  then make sure to take full advantage of Moving Day.  Grab a friend with a big car or truck and collect furniture to your heart’s content.

However, If you’re hoping to find furniture on the cheap at a different time of year or couldn’t find everything you needed on Moving Day, there are a number of other options as well.

  • The SPCA Thrift Store is located close to downtown and often has furniture items for sale.  Likewise, you may be able to find furniture at R & R Thrift, and if not, they’re partnered with the consignment shop All Things Right and Relevant, located next door.
  •  UCD’s Bargain Barn sells and auctions materials that the university no longer needs or uses,  and you can find things like office chairs or desks (or maybe even microscopes) there.
  • Davis has a monthly flea market held on the last Sunday of every month, where  you could find furniture (among numerous other things).
  • Garage sales start popping up around the time spring quarter ends as well as around Moving Day.
  • It is also possible to take your shopping online. You can find furniture in the Sacramento area section of craigslist. You might even be able to find free stuff there.  Additionally, you could check out the Davis Freecycle Network to see what people are offering

Happy hunting.

 

By Joon Lee
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At one point or another growing up, your mom probably told you that you were not a pig and you can’t live in a room that looked like a pigsty. Well if you receive an acceptance letter from UC Davis … your mom might be wrong. It is pretty widely known that UC Davis is home to one of the nation’s best veterinary schools. One of the perks of attending a school such as Davis is that you will receive hands-on experience that would otherwise be impossible. A specific example of this would be living at the Swine Barn on campus. That’s right: feeding, cleaning, processing and, yes, living with these animals.

A friend of mine, and fellow fourth-year student, Steven Hsu, gave me his insight on living at the swine barn. He actually came into Davis as a city boy and had no intention of working with farm animals. He first heard about the barn residency opportunity through the online list-serve for Animal Science majors. Steven actually did not get into the classes he wanted his quarter so he went with this route. In the end, it was probably a blessing in disguise. His first application to live at the barn his sophomore year was denied, but when applying again his second year, he was offered a position at the swine barn.

Many of you are probably wondering what it is like to actually live at swine barn. It actually is not all fun and games. Living there is your job. The swine barn facility itself is relatively new and the conditions are actually pretty good. However, the challenge comes from working with the animals. This job requires a substantial amount of dedication and sacrifice. Once a month, your weekend is fully dedicated to the animals. Reading this might not sound terrible, but feeding, cleaning, and processing over 200 pigs on your own from 8 a.m. in the morning is not by any means easy. This is just routine; if a female was to give difficult birth during your weekend, which is pretty common, you would sacrifice the whole day catering to her every half an hour to an hour.

On top of all this, every resident of the barn is required to take over their respective barn for one holiday out of the year. That’s right: When your friends are at home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or even spring break, you are working to make sure that the barn is operating normally. Lastly, UC Davis is host to a couple special events throughout the year. During these events, residents can expect to work roughly 10 hours a week beginning from 8 a.m. while attending a full workload of courses.

As you can imagine, living at the barn comes equipped with many gross stories and everlasting memories. It seems that every single night the rats and mice are roaming the facility with a fury. Steven told me that it takes some time getting used to and during his first couple nights at the barn, he was woken up a few times throughout the night by the rats and mice. Touching or stepping on pig excrement becomes routine with the job and it no longer even warrants a reaction from the barn residents. A lot of the times, interns find pulling piglets out of a sow to be very disgusting. Steven tells me that the residents basically put on a pair of gloves and insert their arms halfway into the sow’s body to pull out the baby pigs. The grossest story I heard from Steven was that at the barns, they actually collect boar semen by hand; I won’t go into detail but everything is done manually.

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After reading this, most of you are probably either grossed out or extremely intrigued. Personally, I am not the best with farm animals and believe that this would not be a job for me. However, when talking to Steven it sounds as if this experience changed his life for the better and if he had the choice, would do it all over again. He got to experience hands on experience with farm animals from breeding to birth to growth and even sending them off to the market. He met some of his closest friends from being a resident that share similar passions. The animal science department at UC Davis is already closely knit to begin with and the residents at the barns create an even closer community. Steven is actually going to go on to attend UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and he says that being a resident helped him gain a greater perspective of the role veterinarians play in the modern animal production system.

Steven came into UC Davis thinking that he would be working with cats and dogs. This opportunity actually changed his career path and allowed him to work on something he is passionate about. Oh yeah did I mention that in exchange of working at the swine barn all of your rent and utilities are covered as well?

By Eileen Ly

Contrary to what you might believe about me from my posts so far, I had no idea what Davis was like at all. I didn’t know a lot about Davis culture. I didn’t know much about the different kinds of research, or even, how to get into research. I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, as long as I had something to do.  I wasn’t looking forward to college at all, feeling burned out from high school.

I had never visited the campus on a tour nor did I have any friends who had gone to Davis. I decided to go to Davis because I had heard the school was mainly rural and out in the middle of nowhere. I wanted somewhere quiet away from home where I could think and recollect my thoughts.

The only thing I really knew about Davis was the cow pens. In my mind, Davis was the middle of nowhere with nothing but sleepy-eyed bovines for miles, mindlessly munching on dying grass and swishing their long tails. Vaguely, somewhere among the farmland, there would be college people  and things. To me, Davis was only another regular chapter in my life, labeled “Eileen’s College Days.” The first couple paragraphs would be, surely, full of studying and more tests.

Of course, I was nervous but I really wasn’t expecting too much out of Davis. After being rejected from my dream schools, I was feeling down. What had all those sleepless nights of writing essays and countless hours after school for math tutoring done for me at the end of the day? What had all my hours of volunteering  and playing tennis been for?

So, I came to Davis, feeling a bit depressed and anxious. But I soon found out that Davis was more  than just cows. It was about the experiences and the people.

I was away from home for the first time so I had to be independent.

I ate for the first time with a bunch of other people at the Segundo DC.

I worked in the study room and made small talk with strangers.

I went to the gym late at night and cramped after running only a mile.

I walked around campus by myself to find all my classes.

I stayed up all night just playing cards with a friend or talking to them.

I visited the Farmer’s Market by myself and bought a jar of sweet local honey.

I bought my bike lock and got my bike licensed.

My bike handles broke off when I was riding my bike back.

I made awesome friends in the dorms, like my roommate Becca.

I had a boyfriend for the first time and he taught me about relationships.

I had to learn how to adapt to all my classes and manage my time.

I had my first job interview and many more after that.

I became really interested in science, particularly cell biology, thanks to my classes.

I had three back to back finals once and almost died.

I made really close friends outside of the dorm, friends that will probably be with me for the rest of my life.

People will tell you that college is a life changing experience and that is very much true. Here at  Davis, everything really grew on me. I came to love the scenery, flat biking roads.

So, lastly, I would like to say a few things I wish I could have said to the freshman me.

Don’t be afraid to be selfish and live a little. Don’t feel the need to change who you are but be open to trying new experiences out. Make your priorities and stick to them. Make small talk with strangers and ask the more interesting questions.

After all, these experiences are what will change you here at Davis.

By Kelsey Walker

If you had a super power that allowed you to transform into any plant, what plant would you turn into?

Interns working for the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden’s edible landscape project pondered this at one of their more recent weekly meetings. They used to answer more mundane questions about their internship, but over the course of their time together, they’ve become a really tight-knit group and the questions have had to get a little more creative in order to eke out some new information about each other.

I recently interviewed one of these interns, Carli Hambley, about her experiences working on the project, and here’s what she had to say.

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Carli is a sustainable agriculture and food systems major, just finishing up her freshman year at Davis.  Before she even got to campus, emails about opportunities to volunteer and intern were being sent her way. Most she ignored, but the subject line of one in particular caught her eye, an email advertising the brand-new, yearlong edible landscaping internship.  She says it looked like a cool opportunity that would be an interesting way to get to know her future campus and community.

Interns on this project work to design and build gardens that fall under the category of “edible landscaping,” which is, as you might expect, the act of growing food in gardens.

However, the project itself involves a lot more than just horticulture. Carli says that a lot of the work has been “out of the ground.”  She’s had to talk to and coordinate with a lot of people to get her garden up and running. As this was the first year the internship had been offered, everyone involved was still figuring out how to get things organized. Therefore, interns spoke and worked with food experts outside the community to create a training packet for future use. The interns knew that food was already being grown and used on campus, so they knew there was a way to make this project run smoothly.

Their hard work has definitely paid off. Just a few weeks ago, Carli and her co-gardener got to start putting plants in the ground.  Their garden is located near the RMI buildings on campus, in the Good Life Garden. They are growing squash, marigolds, peppers, eggplants, and beans and have built trellises for some of the plants to climb up.image

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The food from their garden will hopefully be going to the UC Davis Pantry, which provides meals to students in need.

Carli says that, beyond the horticultural skills she’s gained, the most important thing she’s learned while interning has been how to take initiative.  The autonomy she has had over her project and the creativity she has put into it have taught her how to trust herself, push her ideas forward, and make them work. However, Carli claims that her absolute favorite  thing about the project has been having the chance to work with other hard-working and passionate people

Carli will be continuing on next year as an internship coordinator.  The application process for the next school year has just finished up and a number of new interns will be joining them in the fall.

If you’re interested in volunteering to help out with some of the interns’ projects, (or in interning in later years) you can contact Stacey Parker, who is in charge of the edible landscape interns, at sparker@ucdavis.edu.

(Photo on the UC Davis home page: Monica Bruce, a history major, works in the intern garden plot of the Good Life Garden of the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The plot, which is next to the vineyard, has peppers, squash, eggplant, marigolds and beans growing in it. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)


By Joon Lee

The next time a thesaurus is published, the word “college student” and the phrase “finding ways to save money” should be listed as synonyms. During my last 4 years at UC Davis, I have gone out of my way to find deals and discounts on food around Davis. It will be impossible for me to list every deal I have ever received, as offers are constantly changing, but I decided to write this blog in order to help out the next Aggie that will be spending their college career at Davis.


Here are some of my favorite deals around town!

Daily Davis Discounts


Monday
  • Ohana Hawaiian BBQ — $1 Fish Tacos
  • Dot Island Grill — $5 Fish and Chips
  • Sam’s Mediterranean – Free drink with the purchase of a Falafel
  • Sugar Daddies — $1 Scoop from 5-10 pm

Tuesday
  • Ohana Hawaiian BBQ – $5 BBQ Chicken (my personal favorite deal!)
  • The Hot Dogger – $6 All beef Dog, Lays chips and small soda
  • El Toro Bravo — $1 Street Style Tacos
  • Dot Island Grill — $5 Grilled Tilapia
  • Sugar Daddies — $2 Cupcakes all day
  • Baskin Robbins – $1 Scoops ,/li>
  • Movies — $5.50 movie night at Regal Stadium 5 and Holiday Cinema 6 (not a food deal, but still pretty awesome!)

Wednesday
  • Ohana Hawaiian BBQ — $5 Chicken Katsu (with macaroni salad and rice)
  • Dot Island Grill — $5 Chicken Katsu (with veggies and rice)
  • Sweet and Shavery – Buy one get one free small shaved ice 3pm-5pm
  • Sugar Daddies — $6 quarts of ice cream

Thursday:
  • Sugar Daddies — $3 Cowpies (ice cream sandwiches you create)
  • Dot Island Grill — $5 BBQ Chicken

Friday:
  • Sugar Daddies — $3.50 shakes from 4-7 pm

Saturday:
Haven’t found deals specific for this day, but check out the 24/7 discounts around town below!
Sunday:
  • Dot Island Grill — $5 Grilled Fish Wrap

24/7 Davis Discounts

  • Lunch Specials. All of the Chinese restaurants in Davis has a lunch special that generally lasts until 3 pm. For roughly $6, you get a ton of food seven days out of the week! Other restaurants around town also offer cheaper options during lunch as well!
  • OptTown App. This app is specific to Davis and dozens of local businesses will post special deals and offers that you can redeem through the app.
  • Coupons. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten free or discounted haircuts and meals through the coupon books that get sent through the mail! You can also find these coupons online at The Green Machine.

Personally, I feel that I did a pretty good job throughout college on getting the most out of my dollar. However, if somebody else was to give me the tips that I could now provide, I probably would have been able to save much more money. Even though, as college students, you are doing whatever you can to save money, do not let that stop you from having a good time! I understand that you will have budget constraints from time to time, but the times that you will spend out with your friends will be the times that you will cherish the most. As cheesy as that sounds, when I look back on my four years, I think of the memories I have made in college much more frequently than anything else.


For even more up-to-date information, about deals, check out the following websites:

Happy Graduation, Aggies! Here are some “goodbye” posts from three of our senior writers!
By Ethan Palm

People ask what I love about Davis and it’s simple: People smile here. Everyone is happy. From the student bus drivers greeting you with a smile during finals week to the professors you run into downtown to the kids playing at the Wednesday farmers markets. Davis is a happy place, and I can’t think of a better environment to be in college.

The very best thing I got from coming to Davis was my best friend. It might sound cheesy, but I don’t care. Everything I learned, everything I experienced, everything I gained is second to the friendship I know I have for the rest of my life. I promise you’ll find your best friend here too:  Davis has that effect.


By Joon Lee

I can remember getting my acceptance letter for UC Davis like it was yesterday. I can still remember my freshmen orientation and the day that I moved in to the dorms. I can remember my first day of classes and of course, my first party. It is absolutely insane to me that I am sitting here exactly one week away from graduation and leaving the place where I spent almost a fifth of my life at. These four years at Davis have left me with priceless memories with countless ups and downs.

I think that the most important message to pass on to younger students is that everything will end up OK as long as you are doing everything that you can do. Multiple times I caught myself over-stressing over little things and even things that were completely out of my control. My biggest regret would have to be these moments that were wasted because of stress. I mean, if I look back on those times now, I can’t even recall what I was stressed over. Of course, it is natural to stress over finals and issues in your life, and although this is as cheesy as it can sound, enjoy the ride. Time seriously flies by and if you’ve even spent one quarter as an undergrad, you would know exactly what I mean.

Another thing that I believe made my college experience so much better was the friends that I made over the years. For four years now, my closest circle of friends has remained relatively intact while making many more new friends. I know that these people will play a role in my life for many years even after college and truly feel blessed to be surrounded by people that I know genuinely care.

Of course I can’t forget the education that I received. I will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with a minor in Professional Writing. My professors at Davis not only taught me concepts within the classroom, but skills that I can use during my everyday life. However, classrooms weren’t the only places that I gained more knowledge. Davis opened many doors for me to intern at various companies and even join many clubs of my interest. I feel truly blessed to be able to walk away after just four years with such a different, more educated outlook on life.

I want to leave by telling all you guys to enjoy how much ever time you  have left at UC Davis. Remember to always do what makes you happy and learn to care less about what other people think of you. This is your time to truly grow as a person and find out what you are made of and the people that are negative in your life are only temporary. My favorite quote is to remember to worry about your character and not your reputation. Your character is what you actually are and your reputation is what people think you are. So do as I did, spend your years at UC Davis building your character and shaping yourself for all that it to come postgraduation.


By Kelsey Walker


When I came to Davis, I cried. I was worried about trying something new and failing. Now, after two successful years here, I suspect I’ll cry as I leave.


It’s amazing how quickly people adapt and become accustomed to new situations. When I first transferred in, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to manage the workload or make sense of the material presented in my classes. I worried I wouldn’t make any friends or have any fun. Of course, it turns out I worried for nothing.


I’ve learned a lot here: How to push myself in my work, how to manage my time, how to cook, how to send emails to authority figures without over-analyzing them for an hour before hitting send, how to side radii and identify the spheno-occipital synchondrosis. You know, all the important stuff you’re supposed to learn when you go off to college. And in a masochistic sort of way, I’ve enjoyed investing my time and energy in learning all these things, and I’m proud to say I did them.


It’s sort of sad to think that soon everything’s going to change again. Scary, too. Like jeez, I’ll have to get an actual job. That’s the particular brand of horror that keeps me up at night.


However, despite the terrors that job-hunting and “being an adult” present to me, I’m looking forward to the next step in my life.


I’ll freak out for a while after I graduate, sure. But, like I said, people adapt quickly. And I imagine I’ll adapt to whatever comes next, too.

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