Mia Zidan ’22

portrait of a student tour guide


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Home Town: Redwood City, California

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

One year

Majors: Microbiology, and Philosophy

Why 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’s your most-liked campus tour stop (when in-person tours are possible)? 

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.

What was the most surprising thing you discovered?

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!

What is your favorite thing about living in Davis?

My favorite thing about being in a college town is that 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 best advice for a prospective student’s college search?

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.