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Your Guide to UC Davis

Are you ready to connect but not sure where to start? These Connections are perfect for you! These Connections focus on how to transition well at UC Davis and serve as a guide to campus life.

  • What the Transfer?

    What the Transfer? is a connection for EOP Transfer students. We will meet bi-weekly to explore topics related to transitioning from the semester to the quarter system. The 2 hours connection offers 1 hour of mentorship facilitated by EOP Retention Specialist, Christina L. Jackson and 1 hour to explore the campus with other first-year Transfer students. Weekly themes will voted on during the first connection so that the connection curriculum is developed specifically for the students enrolled.

    (EOP Transfer Only)

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  • Aggies Eat

    You gotta eat, at least three times a day, right? Let’s gather together at eating spots across the campus and downtown, or even bring an item to share one time that introduces you, through food! Our first meeting will be at the International Center (where I work). Food is a great entry point into learning about each other and what our unique backgrounds are. UC Davis and the town of Davis have an incredible diversity of restaurants, coffee shops, teashops and more. I will bring resources around a theme for each meet up. Some options include the Dining Halls, Student Resource Center, Cross Cultural Center, MU / Coffeehouse, Campus Festivals and the ASUCD Pantry. Through food and conversation, we can learn about how you each fit into UC Davis and discover the resources and opportunities to help you thrive and succeed as you join our Aggie family!

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  • #SoBasic(needs)

    This Connection will focus on the four pillars of basic needs: access to healthy food options; affordable housing; mental wellness; and financial stability. Participants in this Connection will learn how to find affordable housing options, learn about renter's rights and responsibilities, learn how to budget personal finances, learn about campus food resources and take a tour of the student farm.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Crash Course: UC Davis’ Advocacy and Community Impact

    The world of UC Davis is much bigger than its campus boundaries. Government and Community Relations serves as the official voice of UC Davis to the regional community and to local, state and federal government. Learn about the many external connections we foster on behalf of UC Davis and how you can apply the skills of relations and advocacy in navigating your student experience, future career, and beyond. This Connection will incorporate exclusive, yet casual, discussions with key campus administrators, external community leaders and alums where possible. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in an introduction to how the university advocates and networks with the broader regional community.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

    • Time and Location: Thursdays (10:00-10:50AM); 121 Olson Hall
    • First Connection Meeting: Thursday, January 16th (week 2)
    • Register in AggieLife: Click the link to "RSVP" for this Connection in AggieLife (https://aggielife.ucdavis.edu/event/5190428). For help troubleshooting the registration system, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

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  • LEGO Life: Building your first-year at UC Davis

    Ready to take your UC Davis experience to the next level? This Connection is for anyone who loves LEGOS and is looking for a space to distress! Along with creating an “Aggie LEGO structure” we’ll  have group discussions about navigating winter quarter and preparing for spring quarter.
     

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Introverts Unite (Quietly)!

    Are you the one who hates raising your hand in class, even when you know the answer? Do you prefer a few deep friendships over hanging with anyone and everyone? Does your ideal Friday night involve the words “Netflix” and “jammies”? Maybe you’ve always been encouraged to “put yourself out there,” or “stop being so shy.” If this sounds like you, then join your fellow introverts to learn about what it really means to be a “quiet one” in a world that chatters 24/7. You’ll learn about your brain’s physiology, the personality characteristics common to introverts, and how to hack your brain during those times when you need to act like an extrovert. Then, we’ll dive into strategies for getting the most out of your college experience while staying true to who you are.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

    • Time and Location: Fridays (12:10-1:00PM); South Hall (room TBD)
    • Registration: This Connection is full
    • Waitlist in AggieLife: Click the link to "RSVP" for the waitlist in AggieLife (https://aggielife.ucdavis.edu/event/5280005). If a spot becomes available, First-Year Aggie Connections will reach out. For help troubleshooting the registration system, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

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  • Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Capturing Your First Year Through Photography

    Is your Instagram feed fire and your snapchat & IG stories always blowing up? Whether you take your pics on your camera phone or a Digital SLR, this Connection is for you. Explore tools you need to navigate your first year at UC Davis while documenting every step of the way. #New2Davis #ourUCDavis #AggieInstaMeet

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Aggie Traditions

    Looking forward to attending the Davis Farmer’s Market or taking a photo with the adorable cows? Most UC Davis students do these two things during their time here, but did you know that if you keep track of essential and quintessential UC experiences, you can earn a medal? Aggie Traditions, one of Davis’ best-kept secrets, is a compilation of 50 fun and unique "must experience" activities that every Aggie should know about and do during their time at UCD. Upon completion of the 50 traditions, students can earn a medal to wear during commencement (which is also one of the traditions)! This Connection is open to anyone looking to learn about UC Davis, emerse yourself in campus culture, and work towards earning your medal!

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

     

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  • A Whole New World: A Disney inspired exploration through our UC Davis campus!

    Join us for an unforgettable magical carpet ride through a Disney-packed adventure on discovering all of your “theme parks” right here at UC Davis! We promise to sprinkle every week with pixie dust and map out fantastical themes that will relate to your Disneyland experience at UC Davis. We understand that UC Davis is not such a small world after all and we look forward to making it a place where all of your dreams do come true! P.S. Disney apparel and mickey ears are encouraged!

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Retro Video Games: From Atari to Zelda

    Do you enjoy gaming at home or with friends? Have you ever wanted to play the classics from gaming's early days? This connection is for you! We will play some classic Atari games like Pong as well as classics from the 8-bit era from Nintendo and the 16-bit era like Sonic. Join us to learn more about life at UC Davis and make friends over some great retro games!

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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