Mia Zidan ’22

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Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Redwood City, California

How long have you been walking backwards, leading tours? Two years

Major: Microbiology, and Philosophy

Why did you choose UC Davis?
Leaving home, for me, was an incredibly tough transition. Knowing that I was going to a university that really cared about giving each student a sense of community was something that gave me the confidence and security I needed to succeed.

What is your favorite thing about UC Davis?
How much nature there is in both the university and the town. Being outdoors and being active is a huge part of who I am. Davis as a whole is surrounded by people being active outdoors, which made me feel like I fit right in.

What is your favorite thing about Davis, the town?
Even though UC Davis has over 30,000 students, I still get the feeling of living in a small town where no matter where I go, there is always somebody that I know.

What’s your favorite campus tour stop?
Most definitely the Arboretum. It is such a beautiful part of campus, and I can tell that the people on my tour are so blown away by how peaceful and serene it is that they almost forget that they are still on a college campus.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about UC Davis?
That everybody here wants you to succeed. They can't help you reach your goals, though, unless you are willing to say that you need help!

Best advice you’d give to a new Aggie?
Pick the place that feels like home. College is hard enough as is, and the feeling of fitting in and belonging at your university is so important in order to ease all of the new challenges that college students face.