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.

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: Fridays (12-1 PM); 119 Orchard House
    • Register: This Connection is for credit. To join, this course can be added in ScheduleBuilder during your registration time using the course registration number (CRN). The CRN will be released by the end of July, so please check back often and contact aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu to be added to the interest list.

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  • 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.

    Open to all new students

    • Time and Location: Mondays (1-3 PM); 119 Health Professions Advising Center (HPAC)
    • Register: This Connection is for credit. For more information and to obtain the CRN please contact Manisha Lakhotia (mlakh@ucdavis.edu).

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  • Name Your Talents, Develop Your Strengths

    This First-Year Aggie Connection is a series of workshops for students who are interested in personal and professional development, who love to learn more about themselves and others, and who have an interest in focusing on the positive. Guided by several Strengths coaches, come experience the power of being able to name your top talents, and work with peers on how to invest in those talents to turn them into strengths! Participants will have the opportunity to complete the StrengthsFinder assessment and use clues from your report to navigate school, life, and work. Become the best version of you and celebrate the diversity of the talents all around us.

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  • Thank You, Next. Moving on From High School to College

    Inspired by Ariana Grande’s song “thank you, next” this seminar is to help you move on from high school and have a fresh start in college. “Thought you’d end up at Stanford, but it wasn’t a match. Now you’re at UC Davis and we got your back.” Ever wondered how to work in the entertainment industry? Get involved in government? This seminar will connect you with Associated Students, where students gain professional skills, build relationships, and make change during their time at UC Davis. Together, you will learn how to get involved on campus, thrive as students and future professionals, and make meaningful connections.

    Open to freshmen only

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  • Star Wars and Choice: The Rise of the Aggies

    Listen up you scruffy looking nerf-herders- This Connection is about the choices made by the Star Wars characters, choices you make, and the impact on your academic life. Did you choose to get a high grade by working for it …or was it your destiny? The path to success in college is not always the easy one and it always begins with training. (You must be a Padawan before you can be Master). Just as Yoda trained Luke, you too must find the pathway.

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