Share Your Story

How are you achieving your academic goals, getting involved and finding community? How do you incorporate wellness into your life? Each story shared here creates a richer picture of life at UC Davis and inspires other students.

If you have a story to share, please write to us at studentaffairs@ucdavis.edu.

Guidelines

  • Make your story specific. You should simply explain one aspect of your UC Davis experience that adds to the whole, like a tile in a mosaic or a piece of a puzzle. Refrain from making a list of all the activities/adventures/events you've ever been involved with. Pick one and write about why it matters. Readers can't connect with stories that are too general. 
  • Have a point. What did your class/project/student group/team/performance art/etc. do to change you, the world, or both?
  • Write in the first person.
  • Include a people- or action-centric photograph that illustrates some aspect of your story. We cannot publish your story without a photograph.
  • Stories should be at least 300 words, preferably 500-800 words.

Themes and questions to get you thinking

  • Have you created something at UC Davis, together or alone (an art project, film, co-op meal, senior project, thesis, etc.)?
  • Was there something missing at UC Davis that you decided needed to be here? Did you decide to start a club or begin an entrepreneurial venture?
  • What have you been a part of at UC Davis that you didn't know about or explore until you arrived here?
  • How have your UC Davis experiences assisted you outside of UC Davis?
  • Have you been a part of a campus organization or student group?
  • As a student, have you had a meaningful contact or connection with a UC Davis alum?
  • Have you held any leadership positions?
  • Have you worked in any student jobs while at UC Davis? Why did you choose those positions, and what have you learned from them?
  • Have you studied abroad? What did you learn? What did you bring back?
  • What kind of adventures have you had because of UC Davis?
  • Describe a memorable professorial experience.
  • Have you participated in research, independent or in a group, on campus with a professor or outside of UC Davis?
  • How have you developed as a person at UC Davis?
  • How have you changed as a person because of UC Davis?
  • What have been your biggest challenges while at UC Davis, and how did you conquer them?
  • How have you become a better writer, scientist, thinker, or more (or a combination of many of these things)?
  • Do you have overlapping interests or passions? How have they converged at UC Davis?

Thank you!