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Saturday, February 24, 2024

Saying goodbye to freshman year

The dorms might be one of the many things you miss (or don't miss) about freshman year. (VENOOS MOSHAYEDI / AGGIE)
The dorms might be one of the many things you miss (or don’t miss) about freshman year. (VENOOS MOSHAYEDI / AGGIE)

Six reasons why you’ll miss being a freshman.

It’s the middle of Spring Quarter and summer is just around the corner, which means a few changes are underway for UC Davis students — especially for the class of 2019. Before you know it, all you new, wide-eyed little freshmen will become sophomores, leaving behind some of the greatest things about freshman year.

  1. The Dining Commons  

The Dining Commons (DC): every upperclassman’s dream. Freshmen don’t know how good they have it. Often, complaints about DC food can be heard floating around the dorms. But come next year, when you don’t have a meal plan anymore, you’ll be one of the dreaming upperclassmen just itching to get swiped in.


  1.     Living on campus

Student Housing is home to over 6,000 UC Davis students, as most freshmen are required to live in the dorms. Living on campus has many perks. 8 a.m. classes don’t seem as bad when they’re only a two-minute bike ride away from your dorm. Going back to your room in between classes for a quick rest is a luxury that many off-campus students don’t have, and is something that current freshmen will seriously miss when they sleep through their morning alarm next year.


  1.     First-year seminars

First-year seminars are easy one or two-unit classes that, with a few exceptions, are only available to students with 45 or fewer units. These seminars are super interesting and great classes to help you meet your unit requirements. Past topics include Zombies, Experimental Magic, Art and Survival and many more!


  1.  The extra help

For freshmen living in the residence halls, the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) offers tutoring every Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Segundo, Cuarto and Tercero Service Centers. This can be super helpful to those who need a little extra guidance, since regular SASC tutoring drop in hours end at 5 p.m. On top of this, the Residence Hall Advising Team offers academic advising to freshmen. Students can come talk to advisors about their majors, schedules, interests and more. These services are only offered to freshmen in order to help ease the adjustment to a new school and environment, but after your first year you’re on your own — so take advantage of these resources while they last!


  1. The excitement of a new environment

As a freshman, almost everything about the UC Davis campus is exciting. Each quarter brings something new that most freshmen haven’t experienced before coming to college. This sweet naivety is something that goes away as the workload starts to rise with your years in school. At the end of the year, freshmen should keep in mind that they’re leaving behind many UC Davis “firsts.”


  1. The freshman year memories

Not to sound cliché, but you’ll always treasure your freshman year memories: the first time saying bye to your family, meeting your roommate face-to-face for the first time, your first sports game, your first sip of the Davis Farmers Market apple juice, your first time walking through the Arboretum. Freshman year is the start of your UC Davis experience, and is a year many will miss. Don’t worry too much though — many more memories are yet to come!


Written by: Fatima Siddiqui features@theaggie.org


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