#thrive

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.

  • We Write Wednesday

    We Write Wednesday (WWW) is a social justice focused creative writing connection designed to encourage EOP students to write spoken poetry, prose and short stories to bring awareness to social issues on campus and in our community. WWW meets the first 6 Wednesdays of the fall quarter. The last connection we will host an Open Mic to showcase our work.

    Open to EOP students only

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  • Black Students in White Coats

    Are you feeling discouraged in pursuing medicine as a student of color? Join Health Professions Advising as we welcome current black medical students to share their individual journeys into medicine. Each week, we will bring in one black medical student that will share advice and strategies on how to navigate this path. You will have time to ask lots of questions, so come and get connected!

    Open to all new students

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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 take a cooking class, learn how to budget financial aid, find affordable housing options, and learn about renter's rights!

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  • Mind on My Money

    If you have heard the cliché, “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan” but have no idea where to start thinking about and working on your financial future, this is the Connection for you. Find out about creating a budget, setting priorities, dealing with credit, planning for retirement, managing college debt and more.

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  • First-Year Aggie Afrofuturism

    Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer (music), T'Challa and Shuri of Black Panther (movies), and N.K. Jemisin's Broken Earth Trilogy (literature) are all recent examples of Afrofuturism. We can think of Afrofuturism as visions of the future driven by technology and centering the joys, trials, and triumphs of Black people. We can also think of Afrofuturism as a way of imagining, speculating, and visualizing the individual futures of Black people. This First Year Aggie Connection (FYAC) will do both. You will read, watch, listen to, and create examples of Afrofuturism related to pop culture. You will also dream, visualize, and strategize your own futures. This might look like setting goals, learning about Davis, and building community, all to set a foundation for moving toward the future you want during your time at UC Davis. Just like Afrofuturism as a genre, this FYAC will center the experiences and challenges of Black undergrads, but all are welcome.

    Open to all new students

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  • Healthy Balance

    This Connection will focus on how to fuel your brain and body for campus life through healthy food choices, staying physically active, and balancing academic and social obligations. Through activities and discussions we will explore topics such as Dining Commons Hacks for making healthy choices, how to stay active on and off campus, and tips for maximizing your study efficiency.

    Open to all new students

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  • Confusion to Career: Navigating Your Career Journey

    Navigating your way through the process of finding the right career doesn’t need to be an intimidating, scary thing. This connection is designed for students who are undecided about their career goals and would like to dive deeper into career exploration. Using a career planning approach, students will assess interests, skills, personality, values, and life/work style choices. The focus will be on providing you with tools and strategies for reflection, planning, and goal-setting to develop the necessary skills to engage in career planning.

    Open to all new students

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  • Surviving to Thriving: Stress Management

    A college student's first quarter will be filled with lots of new experiences. However, even exciting changes and challenges can be overwhelming. This connection will help students identify and manage the sources of stress that they might encounter as they begin to navigate life at UC Davis. Students will learn practical strategies for tackling academic overload, maintaining health and wellness, and addressing interpersonal conflict. We'll also review the many campus resources that are in place to help students thrive academically, mentally, and even professionally.

    Open to all new students

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  • Wellness Matters: The 8 Dimensions of Wellness

    This Connection aims to establish and maintain healthy behaviors for all participants. Specifically, we will be highlighting each of the eight different dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual) in the hopes of adding context to each of them but also strategies to help develop lifelong wellness.

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  • Non-Science Major Pre-Meds Unite!

    Pre-meds who are also non-sciences majors are encouraged to register for this Connection where we will talk about all things pre-med, making sure you have the resources to navigate this complicated process and succeed at UCD!

    Open to all new students

    • Time and Location: Wednesdays (4:10-5PM); 119 Orchard House 
    • Register: This Connection is for credit. To join, add this course in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using CRN: 63969

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