Aggie Voices

At UC Davis, we travel on bikes and live in domes. We race dachshunds. We nap in hammocks and study next to Eggheads. We parade in our pajamas and are one of the top universities in the country. We celebrate individual expression and still make everyone feel like they are part of the Aggie family.

We in the Division of Student Affairs love to hear about how UC Davis students discover more about themselves during their time at UC Davis and find their place in the UC Davis community.

With that in mind, we invite you to share your story with us. We are looking for first-person stories, 500–800 words in length, that detail one specific aspect of the UC Davis student experience that made a difference in your life.

Selected stories will be featured on the Division of Student Affairs website and possibly other communication channels throughout the university (with the express consent of the student).

Each shared story helps create a richer picture of life at UC Davis and inspires the campus community, so thank you in advance for sharing your story with us!

Aggie Voices Articles

Aggie Voices: Tia Settanni

October 30, 2019

As a lifelong Sacramentan, Tia has always known about UC Davis. She took Chinese dance classes in Davis growing up and, at age 8, even performed at Picnic Day. So, she wasn’t expecting any surprises on her initial tour of campus. “I had toured so many other schools, and when I got to UC Davis, I was expecting it to have a similar energy, but there was just something different about it,” she says. “The way people were so sweet to each other and very kind and genuine—I could just feel that, no matter where we were or what we were doing.”

Aggie Voices: Dani Contreras

October 11, 2019

Second-year chemistry major Dani Contreras has always been taken with numbers—at 3 years old, they were already reading out price tags in stores—but Dani's decision to come to UC Davis wasn’t guided by math. It was guided by intuition. “It was a UC that I hadn’t heard a lot about when I was first looking at transferring,” they recall. Visiting campus in 2014 for the first time, Dani headed home to Southern California with the feeling that they needed to do whatever it took to get here.

Aggie Voices: Nicole Arteaga '19, Design

May 29, 2019

“I remember thinking, wow, that’s a lot of people,” says Nicole about her first day at UC Davis. Coming from Manteca, California, where “everyone knows everybody’s business,” the hustle and bustle of campus was a bit overwhelming.

She also realized fairly quickly that the major she’d originally chosen wasn’t what she wanted to spend her college career studying. As much as she liked science, she decided she wanted to study something that allowed her to tap into and explore her creative side.

Aggie Voices: Jeremy Dang '19, Design

May 29, 2019

“Marvin and the Magic Squirrel” is the name of the children’s book Jeremy wrote and illustrated for his senior project in high school. The story, about a boy and a wish-granting squirrel, had a moral—value your family and friends and try not to be materialistic. It was also a big hit with the kids at his old elementary school when he visited and gave a reading. The whole experience led to a creative epiphany for Jeremy; always interested in art, he realized that he loved telling stories and that his art could be a powerful tool for storytelling.