Aside from classes, you will also need to get involved in other extracurricular activities that will not only be fun for you, but also be beneficial for you in the future. Join clubs, sororities, associations, school jobs, whatever draws you in. Personally, I was interested in research, so I applied for research assistant positions and as you can expect I eventually started working for Dr. Patricia Roberson’s Healthy Families Lab. Working as a research assistant was not only so much fun, but I gained experience in research methods. In addition, working as a research assistant looks very good when applying for graduate school, so if you plan on continuing your education try getting into research! Since I have graduated, I was promoted in the lab I work for, so I now work for UC Davis. I am currently applying for graduate school for public health to continue to doing research. I wish you a wonderful first year and welcome to UC Davis! - Gina Cortez
I am currently a 4th year, and I enrolled into UC Davis as a freshman. I came in as psychology major and did not add the HDE as a double major until my 3rd year. I discovered the HDE major and looked over the courses, which were perfect for my interest in working with high school students. One of my favorite classes in the major was HDE100B, the adolescence class; I had never taken a class about teenagers! Dr. Guyer, who usually teaches this class, is an amazing professor! I liked her research so much that I visited her office hours to talk to her about it. I ended up becoming a research assistant for her lab. This is my 3rd quarter in her lab, and now I am working on my own poster presentation with a postdoctoral scholar to present on adolescent anxiety and peer relationships for the Undergraduate Research Conference.
The best part about the HDE major for me has been the practicum requirement - for my HDE141 practicum, I was a counseling intern for the Dixon Teen Center. I did it last Fall, and I was able to continue my internship beyond the practicum for HDE 192 units in the Winter. I was able to work closely with my assigned faculty sponsor for the internship, Professor Swartz, and it was nice to have a regular one-on-one interaction with a professor for a change. I love that the HDE major gave me this fieldwork experience while also allowing me to gain units for it. -Kassandra Lopez-Lugo
upon a single sentence that brought me to joyful tears. "UC Davis is Unique, Just Like You."
It was at that moment when I realized that Undergraduate Admissions doesn't make mistakes. That my background of immigrant parents, English language learning, and poverty wasn't a weakness. It was an asset. It was what would fuel my passionate fire to make the most of my resources. And so I did. I went to the Internship and Career Center on campus and found myself a job where I could share my story and knowledge with other transfer students. I went to the Undergraduate Research Center to start my own project on the positive effects of peer advising on college student readiness and self-concept, and I went to the Center For Student Involvement to find clubs and organizations that made me feel like family. This, combined with the knowledge I gained from the wonderful people in the HDE major has propelled me to new heights. With my holistic understanding of the BioPsychoSocialChrono theory of development, I was able to work through my insecurities as a broke newcomer and help myself and others succeed like I owned UC Davis! That said, it's only appropriate that I close with a bike pun for the bike friendly campus: Life is like riding a bike: You only have balance if you're moving forward. So don't be afraid to ask for help if you're still learning and make sure you fix your bike up when you have to. Don't ignore your problems, even if you're broke you still have to pay attention to yourself and the world around you. So go make a friend, live your life, have some fun, and get stuff done. Trust me, it'll make your journey all the more meaningful! -Anthony Morales
My name is Carina and I am a fourth year student from Denver, Colorado. When I first came to Davis, I was nervous because I knew no one and was unsure of how easily I would make friends. I quickly realized that connecting with other students came naturally because every other freshman was experiencing the same tough transition as I! My biggest piece of advice is to organize your academic deadlines, work hours, and social events into a clean calendar. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed, however using a visual agenda will make you feel much more in control and able to take personal time for yourself. Time spent relaxing and enjoying hobbies is extremely important for your mental health because you are best able to succeed when you are taking care of you first!
Additionally, I encourage all new students to explore and take advantage of the resources on campus. UC Davis is filled with incredible experts and researchers across all fields of study, so don’t be afraid to get in touch with professors whom you admire. By reaching out to professors studying topics that I am personally passionate about, I was able to help conduct observational research and obtain course credit for it. With this all said, have a wonderful time at Davis! - Carina Webster