Olivia Sanchez ’22

portrait of a student tour guide


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Home Town: San Diego, California

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

Three years in winter 2020

Major: Political Science—Public Service

Minor: Community and Regional Development 

Why did you choose UC Davis? 

I was looking for a tight-knit community within a college town, which is exactly what Davis is. The accessibility between campus and downtown, the friendliness of each student and the sustainability that UC Davis practices are all things I wanted for my second home. 

What is your favorite thing about UC Davis?

The community and the collaborative atmosphere. This is shown by each student, resident and faculty member within both the UC Davis campus and the city as a whole. 

What’s your favorite campus tour stop (when in-person tours are possible)? 

The Quad! On my very first tour of UC Davis, I recall falling in love with the campus at that moment. Watching students lounge on the grass with their friends, throwing Frisbees to each other and taking naps on hammocks—that was exactly what I pictured my college experience to include. I love showing that off to prospective students and other guests.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered about UC Davis?

How personable and kind all the faculty and staff have been.

What’s your best advice for someone thinking about applying to UC Davis?

When choosing a university, choose somewhere you can see yourself calling home. It's not 100% about the rankings or the statistics, but also about whether you can see yourself walking to the Coffee House with your friends, or studying at the library