What’s the color of the sun? Yellow :D I am a 2nd year transfer student majoring in Political Science-Public service as well as minoring in Psychology. I transferred from Glendale Community College in Glendale California.
Campus Involvement: As a transfer student, it often feels as though it's a race against time. For this reason, right off the bat I looked for spaces that fostered community and support. I first got involved with Scholars Promoting Education, Awareness, and Knowledge(SPEAK). Through SPEAK I joined rallies in Sacramento, attended DACA workshops, and participated in banner drops to raise awareness regarding the SCOTUS DACA hearing. I also volunteered with the AB540 and Undocumented center by tending the front desk to welcome students entering the center. During Winter quarter, I got involved with the California Youth Connection, a youth led organization whose aim is to transform the foster care system. Campus involvement not only motivates me to work through the hurdles of academia but also to be a part of efforts bigger than myself.
Hobbies: I enjoy dancing, singing, knitting, listening to music, painting, and reading. I might not be what society constitutes as “good” but I enjoy myself, which is what matters. In addition, in my spare time I enjoy meeting new people through community events held on campus. I’ve attended community dinners, study jams, retreats, Bob Ross painting, and workshop series. I am someone who does not knock something until I try it and will always be willing to attend events to build community.
Advice for transfer students: My advice is to be yourself, utilize your resources, and have fun. Transferring comes with a number of challenges but being yourself will attract the people who empower you. At the same time, challenge yourself to do something out of your comfort zone like joining a club, volunteering, or attending school events. While you take this time to grow, know that you are not alone. UCD has many resources available from tutoring to group therapies. Lastly, while it is easy to get caught up with academia and being involved don’t forget to enjoy the ride. I encourage you to go to a sports game, attend picnic day, claim your ticket for a free concert at the Mondavi center, or attend the many game nights hosted by the TRC throughout the year. We are all learning as we go so why not do it together? Community will be your new best friend.