#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.

  • What the Transfer?

    What the Transfer? is a connection for EOP Transfer students. We will meet bi-weekly to explore topics related to transitioning from the semester to the quarter system. The 2 hours connection offers 1 hour of mentorship facilitated by EOP Retention Specialist, Christina L. Jackson and 1 hour to explore the campus with other first-year Transfer students. Weekly themes will voted on during the first connection so that the connection curriculum is developed specifically for the students enrolled.

    (EOP Transfer Only)

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  • Aggies Eat

    You gotta eat, at least three times a day, right? Let’s gather together at eating spots across the campus and downtown, or even bring an item to share one time that introduces you, through food! Our first meeting will be at the International Center (where I work). Food is a great entry point into learning about each other and what our unique backgrounds are. UC Davis and the town of Davis have an incredible diversity of restaurants, coffee shops, teashops and more. I will bring resources around a theme for each meet up. Some options include the Dining Halls, Student Resource Center, Cross Cultural Center, MU / Coffeehouse, Campus Festivals and the ASUCD Pantry. Through food and conversation, we can learn about how you each fit into UC Davis and discover the resources and opportunities to help you thrive and succeed as you join our Aggie family!

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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 learn how to find affordable housing options, learn about renter's rights and responsibilities, learn how to budget personal finances, learn about campus food resources and take a tour of the student farm.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Active Learning in Action

    Let’s face it, college classes are hard, but they don’t have to feel insurmountable. In the “Active Learning in Action” Connection students will use campus resources and learning strategies to learn more effectively before putting these skills to the test by teaching others new topics of their choice. If fall quarter didn’t go as expected, this is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to do better in class. Through participating in this Connection expect to improve your study skills and become a more efficient and effective learner. This Connection will also be a great introduction to educational theory for future educator or those who want to prepare for an on-campus job as a tutor.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Crash Course: UC Davis’ Advocacy and Community Impact

    The world of UC Davis is much bigger than its campus boundaries. Government and Community Relations serves as the official voice of UC Davis to the regional community and to local, state and federal government. Learn about the many external connections we foster on behalf of UC Davis and how you can apply the skills of relations and advocacy in navigating your student experience, future career, and beyond. This Connection will incorporate exclusive, yet casual, discussions with key campus administrators, external community leaders and alums where possible. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in an introduction to how the university advocates and networks with the broader regional community.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

    • Time and Location: Thursdays (10:00-10:50AM); 121 Olson Hall
    • First Connection Meeting: Thursday, January 16th (week 2)
    • Register in AggieLife: Click the link to "RSVP" for this Connection in AggieLife (https://aggielife.ucdavis.edu/event/5190428). For help troubleshooting the registration system, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

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  • We Search Research

    Are you interested in beginning the process of finding a research position at UC Davis? Don’t know where or how to start? Did you know that you DO NOT need research experience to engage in research at UC Davis? This First-Year Aggie Connection will focus on preparing and walking you through each step of the research search process. Looking for research opportunities can take significant time and effort and we are committed to helping you through this journey. Join us for guidance through each step of the research search process with the goal of securing a research position for you to engage in. ALL MAJORS ARE WELCOME. Topics to be covered included (1) identifying research areas of interest, (2) identifying faculty members, labs and/or other opportunities that match your areas of interest, (3) developing a resume and cover letter for the specific positions you are interested in, (4) emailing faculty members to set up interviews, (5) mock interviews and so much more! This First-Year Aggie Connections will be very interactive and we hope you will join us!

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Money Matters: Take Control of your Financial Wellness

    Undergrad can be a time where we make or break ourselves financially. In this course you'll learn how to build a budget that works for you, get your questions answered about credit and debt, insight about how to start planning for retirement and more! It can be overwhelming to sort all of this out on your own, but you'll leave this quarter with a clear roadmap for your financial life. Are you having trouble keeping your money organized? Are you confused by all of the financial jargon? Unsure about where to begin? Curious about why you make certain financial choices? If you're ready to feel empowered and confident with your money life, this Connection is for you! It's beginner-friendly and the perfect place to help you get your financial life started on the right foot. Join us!

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Adulting: all day everyday

    Adulting is hard - especially when so much is changing around you! Come learn a variety of adulting skills to ensure your success at UC Davis and beyond. We’ll focus on skills for living away from home for the first time, including: career and self-exploration, money & time management, finding housing, professional correspondence, and more! Have fun improving your basic skills and confidence to "make it" on your own.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Life Hacks: Aggie Thrive

    Are you finishing up your first quarter at UC Davis and feeling like there’s room for improvement? This Connection will incorporate themes around personal development, including goal setting, time management, financial management, mental wellness and stress reduction, job searching, and physical well-being (nutrition/sleep/exercise). Each meeting will include a brief overview of that session's topic, and interactive group discussions. Come prepared to have fun, learn from one another, and set yourself up for reduced stress and greater success.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

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  • Introverts Unite (Quietly)!

    Are you the one who hates raising your hand in class, even when you know the answer? Do you prefer a few deep friendships over hanging with anyone and everyone? Does your ideal Friday night involve the words “Netflix” and “jammies”? Maybe you’ve always been encouraged to “put yourself out there,” or “stop being so shy.” If this sounds like you, then join your fellow introverts to learn about what it really means to be a “quiet one” in a world that chatters 24/7. You’ll learn about your brain’s physiology, the personality characteristics common to introverts, and how to hack your brain during those times when you need to act like an extrovert. Then, we’ll dive into strategies for getting the most out of your college experience while staying true to who you are.

    This Connection is open to all first-year undergraduate students (freshman, transfer, and international).

    • Time and Location: Fridays (12:10-1:00PM); South Hall (room TBD)
    • Registration: This Connection is full
    • Waitlist in AggieLife: Click the link to "RSVP" for the waitlist in AggieLife (https://aggielife.ucdavis.edu/event/5280005). If a spot becomes available, First-Year Aggie Connections will reach out. For help troubleshooting the registration system, please email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

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