My big deciding factor in going to this school was the fact that it was one of the few schools that had a graduate Veterinary school. Soon after coming here however, I decided that I didn't want to be a Vet, but the nice thing about this school is I still had so many options to work with, and as of right now I'm a computer science and engineering major.
Decision Day! I never thought I would end up at a UC but once I came to Decision Day I realized that this was the right place for me. I just got the feeling that me and the school clicked.
Relatives are nearby, the campus environment attracted me, they have a hockey team! I love the program they provide based on my major, and I just love California.
Why did I choose to go to this school. I liked it; it sounds a bit vague but really that the feeling I had when I visited. I came here and looked around, saw things familiar and saw things new and different and though wow what a nice mix. I am not limiting myself too much nor am I putting myself in a very uncomfortable place either. So I thought, this place is nice and I like it.
UC Davis was not my first choice. i'm going to be honest. after not getting in to Cal (where pretty much all of my family has gone) my top 3 colleges were davis, uc santa barbara, and new york university. at first this was a really difficult decision because i was choosing between "country" (cows), beach, and city, all completely different environments. when i visited ucsb in the fall, i fell in love, and in the back of my mind i thought that sb would be the school for me. but then i visited in the spring during their open house. i made a complete 180 and discovered that this was definitely NOT the kind of school i wanted because of various reasons. then i visited nyu. i must say that this time, i truly fell in love. i was so happy; i had found my dream school. but then the issue of money and cost of tuition came into play. without getting into much personal detail, i had to let nyu go.
so i'm sure it sounds like i just settled on uc davis, and while some aspects of that might be true, with a full quarter under my belt i can honestly say choosing uc davis was a very very good decision.
with nyu crowding my mind, i pushed aside all of the wonderful qualities of uc davis. first of all, while there is pressure to do well at davis, it is not a cutthroat kind of pressure that will bring you to tears every time you are told you are wrong in a small discussion. the students and TAs, while letting you know that your answer wasn't exactly what they were looking for, work with you to find the correct answer, to see the possibility of other perspectives and answers. because, sometimes, people brush uc davis off as a friendly school that isn't as intellectual as another uc such as berkeley or los angeles, there is a sense of unity among the students to prove others wrong, to show them that we are just as smart, outgoing, and driven as any other school.
this is not to say that every single person at uc davis is uber friendly, however the majority and main feel of the school and campus is such. this is why i like and chose uc davis. while there is diversity here, there is also a common happy vibe that exists. the town is small, but certainly friendly to college students. you can feel the closeness of the families who live around the campus and feel safe in this warm environment. i love how active the students are, participating in either team sports or working out at the gym, which is very nice.
i also chose uc davis because it was far enough from home where i could feel like i am actually living on my own, but it is also close enough so that i can come home for the weekend if i need a break or want to see my dog and cat (and parents, of course).
uc davis focuses on not only helping a student grow academically, but also personally. while grades and gaining knowledge are very important here at uc davis, extracurriculars, internships, community service, sports, and social growth are just as important. uc davis encourages being well-rounded.
In high school, we would take a trip to UC Davis every year. The first time I came, I fell in love with the campus. It just clicked and I pictured myself going here. So from the first time I visited freshmen year in high school, I made it my goal to get accepted onto this campus. I worked hard because I knew it is competitive and difficult to be accepted. In the end, I got accepted to all the colleges I applied to. I chose UC Davis because it had always been my dream. I recommend everyone come to visit. This campus was the perfect fit for me, but it took me a visit to realize it.
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