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Pronouns: they/them/theirs

Home Town: Manhattan Beach, California

How long have you been walking backwards, leading campus tours? 

Since fall 2019

Major: International Relations

Minor: Anthropology (sociocultural emphasis)

Why did you choose UC Davis? 

Davis was just far away enough from Los Angeles that I felt I could gain some independence, but just close enough that I could come home if needed! I also loved the sense of community and the welcoming environment of the campus.

What is your favorite thing about UC Davis?

I love how friendly everyone is. Davis fosters such a supportive and uplifting environment, where everyone is willing to help each other with coursework or to stop and chat with one another. I'm constantly running into people I know who make time to stop and talk between classes, even if we've only met once or twice before!

What do you enjoy about Davis as a college town?

I love love love all the coffee shops. I also enjoy the small-town feel of Davis—everything is so peaceful. 

How did you find friends at UC Davis?

I've made a surprising number of friends just by talking to people in my classes. I feel like that's a really underrated way of getting to know people, but I've made some of my best friends (and met my roommate!) just by talking to my classmates. Also, I joined a lot of different clubs and made many of my friends through that.

How can a new Aggie really connect academically during their first quarter? 

Don't be afraid to reach out to your professor. Ask questions in class. Go to their office hours. I know it sounds intimidating, but professors are there to help you, and they want to get to know you.