Your Personal and Professional Development

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  • Middle Eastern and South Asian (ME/SA) Identity and Academic Success

    Middle Eastern and South Asian (ME/SA) Identity and Academic Success is a First Year Aggie Connection seminar that supports the success of first-year students of Middle Eastern and South Asian backgrounds at UC Davis. Students will critically explore what their ME/SA identity means to them, both on campus and off-campus, and how their identity connects to how they envision academic and personal success. Through the course we will envision and create a plan of action on how to advocate for our respective ME/SA identities and what our collective future could look like, while we simultaneously build community with each other through creative avenues.

    Open to ME/SA LLC Students Only 

    • Time and Location: Tuesdays, 11:10 a.m.-12 p.m., Olive Main
    • RegisterThis Connection is for credit (CRN: 43688). Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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  • Student Orgs Community Involvement and Leadership

    Are you still looking for your community on campus? SOCIaL is all about finding community, joining student orgs, and growing as a leader! Join us to explore all the ways you can get involved on campus outside of the classroom.

    Open to All New Students

    • Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10-4 p.m., Segundo Recreation Room
    • Register: Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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  • On the Road of Happiness in Health Professions

    This seminar will be run as a discussion, talking about stress management and gap years, going over misconceptions in health professions and graduate school, creating a pre-health timeline for the students, answering any questions students may have, introducing HPA, having mentor programs for students to get advice from upperclassmen who have taken the same or similar classes or from the same pre-health path, inviting peer advisers and staff advisers from HPA to talk about any pre-health topics, and incorporating The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin in some of our seminars so that students can be informed about this on-campus event and learn from the book as this book relates closely to our seminar. We will also hold a social event on the last seminar of the quarter such as getting ice-cream from the MU or downtown to conclude this seminar.

    Open to all new students

    • Time and Location: Tuesdays, 12:10–1 p.m., Orchard House 119
    • Register: Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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  • 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

    • Time and Location: Tuesdays, 5:10–6 p.m., TBD
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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

    • Time and Location: Wednesdays, 3:10–4 p.m., 127 South Hall
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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

    • Time and Location: Mondays, 3-4pm, Orchard House 119
    • Register: Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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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

    • Time and Location: Tuesdays, 4:10–5 p.m., 132 North Hall
    • Register: Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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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

    • Time and Location: Wednesdays, 12–1 p.m., 357 Hutchison Hall  
    • Register: Registration for this Connection is now closed.

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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: 52148

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