Register for a Connection

Connections in this category go beyond major, minor and academic disciplines. Learn more about each below and follow the instructions under each Connection to register.

Aggies Gone Wild(Life)

Join the Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology advising team to learn about opportunities for research, fieldwork, courses within the department, and pathways to vet school. Students will have the opportunity to meet other new first-year and current students in the WFCB major, while also connecting with department faculty and staff.

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (5:10-6:00pm); 121 Olson Hall
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Aggies Gone Wild(life)" in AggieLife.


Aggies in Any Language

This connection will bring together students who have a love of languages, whether these are ones they already speak (since many of our students are multilingual/multicultural), ones they have studied, or simply ones that they might study some day. Our shared interest comes from our desire to see the world through different linguistic "lenses" - as well as the respect for other peoples, cultures, and ideas that this gives us. Together, we will explore the great advantages knowing and using more than one language and working in more than one culture offer us all... on campus and off! This will also be a venue in which we can offer mutual support and forge friendships with like-minded people.

  • Day & Time: Mondays (2:10-3:00pm); 121 Olson
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Aggies in Any Language" in AggieLife.


Dreaming Up New Worlds In Community With African American and African Studies

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin

How does centering the experiences, knowledges, and life-worlds of African American, African diasporic, and African peoples provide a powerful lens for reimagining global issues and dreaming new worlds into existence? Come join this First Year Aggie Connection seminar with the African American and African Studies Department to learn more!

During weekly meetings, students will engage with alumni and faculty members in the department to learn about their academic journey, the significant work of scholars, activists, thinkers, and workers that inspire them, and the details of their current and past research projects. Students will explore various academic and career options within African American and African studies and build community by engaging in topics, including: global issues such as migration, human rights, housing, global and domestic incarceration, and resource extraction. This course will also introduce students to a variety of research topics and illuminating questions within African American and African Studies. 

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (4:00-5:30pm); Hart Hall 2215
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register in ScheduleBuilder during your passtime [CRN: 20011 (lower div) / 20041 (upper div)]


Exploring Social Justice Through Data

Let’s learn to harness data and use it to identify social justice opportunities. We'll discuss some examples of people or organizations that meld social justice with data analytics to uncover ways in which we can change our community and the world for the better. Some examples include: data and #metoo, satellite data and human rights, #blacklivesmatter, and cycling advocacy and data. We can also talk about some actions we can take to move social change forward. No data analytics experience needed, just the desire to be a changemaker to improve some of today’s most pressing social, cultural, and global challenges.

  • Day & Time: Mondays (3:10-4:00pm); 121 Olson Hall
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Social Justice Through Data" in AggieLife.


Finding Your Career Cure in Medicine/Healthcare

 

Explore careers in becoming a physician or careers in healthcare that impact communities of color. Through this Aggie connection, you will learn how to obtain experience while at UC Davis to prepare for a career in medicine/healthcare, learn about the different types of physician and specialties, and how to conduct a career search. The goal of this session is to expose students to healthcare careers, hear from current medical students/residents, and build new connections. We will be meeting via Zoom for all sessions except the last session that is an in-person site visit to the UC Davis Medical Center for a tour. Open to all majors!

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (10:00-10:50am), virtual 
  • Format: all sessions will be hosted via Zoom except the last session, which is an in-person site visit to the UC Davis Medical Center for a tour
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration for this connection is now full. Please visit "Finding Your Career Cure" in AggieLife to join the waitlist for this group. 


Introduction to Middle East/South Asia Studies

This is a one-quarter, 2-unit seminar that provides a basic introduction to the peoples and cultures of Middle East and South Asia (ME/SA), designed especially for students of South Asian or Middle Eastern backgrounds, students interested in finding out more about these areas of the world, and students considering a Major or Minor in the Middle East/South Asia Studies (ME/SA) Program. Lectures and interactive sessions are specifically designed to help students acquire the basic knowledge of the histories, cultures, languages, literatures, societies, and geopolitical significance of this vast geographical area shared between the countries of Middle East and South Asia, connected through the Indian Ocean and the Arabian sea and the overland corridor of Afghanistan and Central Asia – home to a quarter of the earth’s population, with India in South Asia, with 1.3 billion people and Egypt, in the Middle East, with 90 million plus. Taken together, the region is also where more than half of the world’s total population of Muslims live, with India home to the second largest Muslim population in the world. These facts alone make the study of ME/SA of enormous interest to all who are interested in Global Learning.

This seminar is designed with a view to help our students gain a greater understanding and deeper knowledge of the societies, histories, languages, literatures and religions of Arab, South Asian, and diasporic Americans living in the U.S. Sessions will be devoted to themes such as: ‘The Worlds of Islam’; ‘Many Faces of the Indian Subcontinent’; ‘Iran, Persia and the Persianate World’ and ‘The Crossroads of Afghanistan’. The course will also teach students how to develop basic skills of writing, oral presentation, and academic planning, and also introduce them to valuable on-campus resources relating to the study of ME/SA.

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (4:10-6:00pm) 
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus. Classroom location will be provided before the first meeting. 
  • Registration: This Connection is for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration in Schedule builder during your passtime (CRN 41561). 


Narrative Medicine: Finding the value of your story in the process of preparing for medicine

In partnership with the Narrative Pre-Health Journal, this Connection will help students understand the value that they bring to medicine through the Humanities. Observation, analysis, empathy, and reflection combined, act as powerful tools for how we process the human experience. This Connection will expose students to different topics/perspectives in healthcare through a variety of mediums (writing, reading, video, etc.) where they will be able to engage with the material through group discussion and written reflection. Participants will produce writing that can be submitted for publication in our literary journal.

  • Day & Time: Wednesdays (4:10-5:00pm); location TBD
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration for this connection is now full. Please visit "Narrative Medicine" in AggieLife to join the waitlist for this group.


Navigating Pre-Med as a First-Year Student

Interested in becoming a doctor in the future, but unsure of where to begin your pre-med journey? This Connection will cover what you can do during your first year and beyond to be a successful pre-med student! Learn all about what being pre-med actually entails - we will discuss common myths, look at medical school prerequisites and learn how to manage your classes on the quarter system, explore health-related experiences you can do at UC Davis, provide guidance on building relationships with faculty, and more.

  • Day & Time: Mondays (1:10-2:00pm); location TBD
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Registration for this connection is now full. Please visit "Navigating Pre-Med" in AggieLife to join the waitlist for this group. 


Nutrition Science: Exploring Career Possibilities

This Connection is for Nutrition majors, and will focus on career advising, networking, and professional development in nutrition outside of dietetics. UC Davis offers two majors in nutrition: Clinical Nutrition and Nutrition Science. Clinical Nutrition is an accredited program for students interested in a career as a dietitian, while the Nutrition Science major prepares students for other career paths in the field of nutrition. Nutrition Science majors have two possible paths to choose from for their degree: a) Nutritional Biology and b) Nutrition in Public Health. Both paths are excellent preparation for professional or graduate training in medicine, public health, or other health sciences (dentistry, pharmacy, PA school). The Nutritional Biology option also provides preparation for technical work in nutrition in the animal, food, and pharmaceutical industries. The Nutrition in Public Health option prepares students for jobs in administrative, teaching, or public service positions. In this connection, students will learn how to navigate undergraduate academic resources and explore careers in nutrition science.

  • Day & Time: Thursdays (3:10-4:00pm); 1131 Meyer Hall
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is not for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register for "Nutrition Science" in AggieLife.


Pre-Veterinary: Path to Success

Are you interested in working with animals or becoming a veterinarian? Join our Pre-Vet FYAC to learn more about the pathway to veterinary school. You will learn about veterinary school requirements, experiences and resources available to you at UCD. There will be a combination of guest speakers and discussions.

  • Day & Time: Mondays (6:10-7:00pm); Valley 1047
  • Format: This Connection will be hosted in-person, on-campus
  • Registration: This Connection is for credit and open to all new students (first-year freshman, transfer, and international students). Register in ScheduleBuilder during your passtime (CRN TBD). To express interest and obtain the CRN, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.