Your Personal and Professional Development

You’re not here just to survive college. You’re here to Thrive! It’s time to make your mark at UC Davis.

  • ID: Exploring Identity and Diversity

    In this Connection, you will have the opportunity to explore your own identity and those of your peers and reflect on how your various intersecting identities influence your experience of UC Davis and of society more broadly. We will discuss gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, (dis)ability, privilege, personality, and many other topics relating to identity. We will also discuss the value of diversity in higher education and in the workplace. Activities in this Connection will include (but are not limited to) listening to presentations from various campus departments (e.g., Allyship presentation from the LGBTQIA Resource Center; presentation from the Student Disability Center; presentation from the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center) and Completing the StrengthsFinder assessment.

    Open To All New Students

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  • Designing Your Davis: Maximizing Your First-Year Experience

    You are the designer and driver of your college success! What do you want out of UC Davis? Modeled on the Life Design Lab at Stanford University, this connection helps you design your time at Davis, to help you maximize your experience and potential. Using design thinking and tools, each week you will be designing an aspect of your college experience and answering BIG questions around your purpose and your plan. Our seminar will include a combination of individual work, group discussion, and in-class activities. You will also receive personal coaching sessions, as a complement to the seminar.

    Open to freshman only

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  • Pathway to Medicine

    The Pathway to Medicine seminar allows students on the pre-medical path to join forces to discuss important topics in healthcare. We will host guest speakers from the medical field, third year pre-med students, advisors and more. Tips on time management, study strategies, creating application timelines, and finding experiences will be shared. This will be a safe place to bring all of your questions!

    Open To All New Students

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  • Aggie Advocates

    Interested in a helping profession such as psychology? Want to hone your helping skills as a mentor and advocate for fellow students?

    Peer Advocates belong to a mentorship circle of about 8 students interested in helping peers and acquiring a better understanding of campus resources, including mental health resources. Training includes QPR certification to help reduce the risk of suicide among peers.

    Peer Advocates are a select group of students interested in applying mentorship skills beyond the first year in order to help subsequent first-year students connect to the best resources. Enrollment will be capped to encourage a small group and consistend attendance.

    Open To All New Students

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  • You 'n Research

    Connection for Global Disease Biology students to get advice and guidance when looking for a research project that is required for the major. Specifically geared toward transfer students, however Freshman, Sophomore and current students are welcome.

    Open To All New Students

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  • Backing Out Before Blacking Out: How to Safely Navigate the Social Scene

    Are you curious about what the social scene is like at UC Davis and how to have fun without drinking? In this Connection we'll talk about what "partying" means to you, and how to have fun without getting "blacked out." Come learn everything you ever wanted to know about the impacts of alcohol, weed, and other drugs but were too afraid to ask. Gain knowledge to help friends who you’re worried may have a problem. This Connection is a partnership hosted by Student Health & Counseling Services and the Aggie RISE collegiate recovery program.

    Open To All New Student

    • Time and Location: Thursdays, 2:10–3 p.m., Student Health & Wellness Center; Admin C (3rd floor)
    • Register: This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using CRN: 52115

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