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International Student Panel - Shared screen with speaker view
Janice Hsu
15:25
Hi everyone! My name is Janice and I’m a second-year animal science major. I’m Taiwanese-American but lived in China for 12 years (Hangzhou for 2 years, Shanghai for 10 years) before coming to UC Davis. Glad to virtually meet you all!!
Eda Ceviker
15:49
Hello everyone! My name is Eda, my major is EEB (Evolution and Ecology) and I'm from Turkey!
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
16:10
Hi! I'm Aman, I'm a second year CSE major and I'm from Dubai!
San Lee
16:13
Hi everyone! Welcome to the Aggie family
Mitsuko Leonard
16:16
Hello Everyone! Ask us anything!
Janice Hsu
22:22
I chose UC Davis because of the way I felt after virtually touring it as well as seeing campus in-person. It feels like such a warm and vibrant community even during the summer. I also love how it’s located in a college town so it definitely provides a sense of belonging and provides a nice transition.https://www.ucdavis.edu/about/visit/campus-virtual-tour
Eda Ceviker
22:33
I chose UC Davis because of three main reasons; UCD is one of the best colleges that is leading research in the field of biology, it has a very diverse group of students and it is welcoming for everyone, and finally, the city is a student city, which makes life convenient for us, students :-)
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
23:24
I picked Davis because I felt its class sizes were small enough for the professors to be able to give us individual attention yet large enough to encounter a variety of people!
Eda Ceviker
26:10
It was a bit challenging to start working in the U.S. as someone with an F1 visa, however, SISS (Services for International Students & Scholars) was very helpful during this process and they made this process much easier.
Janice Hsu
26:35
I had trouble balancing school-work and socializing because there were so many fun activities being held and I really just wanted to do it all! Similar to Cem, I also went to a private school so I also was not used how big some of my classes were.
Eda Ceviker
29:42
I am part of SEEDS club which is a biology club and I am a lab assistant at two research projects. One is related to watershed sciences and the other is in the field of ecology.
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
30:14
I noticed someone had a question about UCD for engg vs other campuses in California:
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
30:28
So from my experience, one of Davis' best aspects is its location
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
30:46
We're located in an area that makes applying for internships much easier
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
30:50
Especially for engineers
Janice Hsu
31:29
https://icc.ucdavis.edu/
Smridhi Sharma (she/her)
31:57
Internship and Career Center^^
San Lee
32:45
https://linktr.ee/ucdavisinternational
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
33:13
There are also a lot of resources on campus for budding engineers including student clubs like the Davis Computer Science Club, the Data Science Club, and the Math Club which involve communities of people who are willing to offer advice and support in your engineering program
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
36:33
So someone had a question about professors especially in Engg
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
36:45
Most of the time it's professors who teach your courses
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
36:50
At least in my experience
Janice Hsu
36:59
I really enjoyed taking ANS 1 in-person before the pandemic because there was a lot of hands-on experience in the lab portion. We were also able to make our own ice cream in the class and see the world-class facilities UC Davis has for their livestock.
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
37:05
I think I've had about two Graduate Student Instructors so far
Eda Ceviker
37:10
My favorite class was CLA, where I learned a bunch of Latin word roots! Although it is not directly related to my major, I really enjoyed the lecture because my professor Tim Brelinski is an awesome person. Learning the subject from someone who is passionate about the subject makes learning very fun. Also, knowing Latin word roots ended up being very helpful since many biological terms include Latin word roots.
Bea Rondon
37:37
in case yall are curious to see the animated video project i made for ASA198F (Philippine Cinema): https://youtu.be/027BYKPksQ0
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
37:41
However, Professors have Teaching Assistants who are usually grad students who you'll interact with more personally especially in larger classes
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
38:05
In terms of the implication of that on the academic experience, honestly you won't see too much of a difference
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
38:28
Our professors and grad students are incredible and super helpful, so you'll be getting a top class education either way!
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
38:59
Someone had a question about the kind of projects given to freshmen in Engineering or CS clubs
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
39:06
It depends usually on the kind of club
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
39:30
But for example, in AggieWorks, you usually are partnered with other older students when working on a product
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
39:37
It's a thoroughly engaging experience!
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
40:29
Someone had a question about the difficulty of getting internships and career opportunities, particularly in CSE:
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
41:04
It's important to consider that part of it is a numbers game, there are always going to be several students from several universities applying for the same role
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
41:42
So I'm not going to say it is easy, but Davis does connect you to excellent resources in the form of our internship and career center to help you maximize your chances!
Eda Ceviker
42:22
I would say organic chemistry too, which is even more challenging when it is online. Luckily, there are many resources for students. Besides office hours, there are workshops from experts on the subject (AATC) and drop in help that UCD students provide, which I think is also part of AATC.
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
43:01
Seconding Eda's comments!
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
43:03
https://tutoring.ucdavis.edu/
Janice Hsu
45:21
It was extremely difficult and even now it is pretty challenging sometimes. I find that taking intentional breaks from screens is super helpful because most of the information it coming from screens now.
Janice Hsu
53:39
I LOVE the options here! My friends and I have tried Mexican, Chinese, Japanese, American, Middle Eastern, Taiwanese, and Thai food. My favorite places here include Teabo, Chengdu Style Restaurant, Taqueria Guadalajara, Black Bear Diner, Four Season’s Gourmet Chinese Restaurant, Shah’s Halal, and Mikuni.
Eda Ceviker
54:22
Latitude, the new dining commons, aka the cafeteria has amazing food! Sometimes I get to eat doner which I used to eat back in my home country. As Bea said, there are other international foods which allows us to explore new tastes.
Eda Ceviker
55:22
In my first year I ate from Tercero mostly, but I often went to Segundo dining commons because they have food after 7 pm and Tercero didn't. I started going to Latitude after it opened up!
Eda Ceviker
56:34
It depends on how many units, classes you take. You should take at least 12 units but last quarter, I took 19 and it was extremely busy. I would advise to take 12-15 units and balance classes with extracirrucular activities.
Janice Hsu
57:27
I love the community on and off campus because of how vibrant as well as inclusive it is.
Eda Ceviker
57:40
Also it depends on you! You can chose to be more busy or less busy, also depends on how you manage your time. Personally, I enjoy taking around 4 courses which leaves me a good amount of free time to relax, save time for myself and hangout with my friends
Janice Hsu
58:51
https://shcs.ucdavis.edu/
Janice Hsu
01:01:00
Definitely to stay organized and stay connected. It’s important to be intentional with how you spend your time so you are spending time studying but more importantly also spending time doing more relaxing activities. I really appreciate using my planner and calendar to stay organized. It is also important to be connected with the community by actively participating in clubs and organizations. Another way to stay connected is spending quality time with friends and have fun!
Kavin Pandian
01:02:39
Are there any college music bands? Also, how often does the soccer team hold tryouts for the team?
Eda Ceviker
01:05:07
There is a band that plays at UCD football, basketball games but I know there are many other bands too. I am not sure how often the soccer team holds tryouts but there is always intermural tournaments where you can join with your friends to play soccer and it is a way to play soccer just for fun.
Smridhi Sharma (she/her)
01:08:18
Global Aggies Group on WhatsApp: https://chat.whatsapp.com/BOr3irzEv7Z5l1OEYMLCjC
Kavin Pandian
01:11:09
Thank you! I was intially going to apply to the university as a student athlete but unfortunately covid had different plans :C, I would love to make it into the varsity soccer team!
Cem Nesiri
01:11:36
Definitely email the coach ahead of time!
Budi Maharaj
01:12:05
There’s always ID camps hosted by the soccer team. As long as you’re under 21 they’re recruiting!
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
01:12:23
If any of y'all have any questions, please feel free to email me at amanvattiraganapathy@ucdavis.edu
Bea Rondon
01:12:25
i had so much fun interacting w yall today! if u wanna watch my vlogs about ucd, ask me more questions, or just talk to me for fun after this webinar, feel free to contact me here:instagram @beaarondon, youtube @bearonart, email barondon@ucdavis.edu
Smridhi Sharma (she/her)
01:12:37
Here’s my email: smridhi173@gmail.com
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
01:12:38
Or you can message my insta @notamanganapathy
Budi Maharaj
01:12:42
Instagram @budimaharaj feel free to reach out!
Cem Nesiri
01:12:44
instagram @cemnesiri
Dalia - Admissions
01:12:45
dwardany@ucdavis.edu
Smridhi Sharma (she/her)
01:12:52
Instagram: @smishayt
Eda Ceviker
01:12:56
Everyone is welcome to add me on Instagram and send me a message @edaceviker
Janice Hsu
01:13:01
jdhsu@ucdavis.edu
Aman Manvattira Ganapathy
01:13:07
Take care everyone!