Major: General Biology with a Minor in Literature/Writing
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
When I was in Lowell High School, I did Varsity Tennis, Mathletes, DIY Club, tutoring, and more. At UCSD, I have focused on competitive Latin and ballroom dancing and volunteering. Anyone who knows me well knows that I love reading. I enjoy going ice-skating with friends, trying new restaurants, playing games and trying different San Diego activities. In the future, I aim to be a physician and writer.
Patricia's advice to new students: Make close friends. Many students experience at least a little bit of homesickness, and it is nothing to be ashamed about. In college, you will want someone to be there for you, whether you need simple companionship, a study buddy, or a supporter in a tough situation.
Campus involvement: National Member of the honor society, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Member of the UCSD Dancesport team, CPR/BLS Certified, UCSD ERC Honors Program, Member of HMP3
Major: Earth Science
Hometown: South Los Angeles, CA
Hello! I'm a fourth-year Earth Science major from ERC. People always ask me what I want to do as an Earth Science major, and the answer is TBD. Other tidbits about me: Penguins are my favorite living creatures, but dinosaurs rule my heart, just as they did 65 million years ago. I enjoy running, reading, writing and other things that have the 'r' sound.
Rosina's advice to new students: It's okay not to have everything figured out - college is a process that constantly changes. Be patient with yourself and enjoy the journey. Also, get involved! Your experience will be defined by what you do outside of the classroom. One more thing: Get some fresh air every now and then. We go to school in a beautiful place; you won't regret it!
Campus involvement: CARE at SARC, ERC research journal, UCSD Guardian, UCSD TRIO Outreach Programs
Major: French and English literature
Hometown: San Juan Bautista, CA
I've loved to read since I was a kid and have continued to love it, so much so that I am essentially majoring in close reading and language. Coming to UCSD has helped broaden my horizons both within and without books.
Claire's advice to new students: Apply the quote "Fortune favors the bold" on a daily basis and take advantage of every opportunity.
Campus involvement: VP Service for Panhellenic Association, Honors Program for Major, Education Core tutor, National Society of Leadership & Success
Vincent PageMajor: Urban Studies and Planning
Hometown: Wildomar, CA
I am in my third year at ERC. In addition to my USP major, I am taking a minor in Music and I hope to go to law school after UCSD. I am passionate about history and Jane Austen’s novels, and I spend much of my free time practicing the piano. My hope is that participating in the FYE program as a DL can be as helpful to new students as the seminar was to me.
Advice to new students: You’re going to hear this all the time, and please don’t forget it: the quarter system moves several times faster than your high school semesters did. Pay attention to which week you’re in! Also, remember that Week 4 is the deadline to drop a class without a W or to change your grading option.
Campus involvement: Executive Chief of Staff and Historian for Multicultural Greek Council, Delta Lambda Phi
Yash RathiMajor: Math-CS
ERC2: Transfer Year Experience DLs
Hometown: San Leandro, CA
Hi! My name is Jaime Benavides and I am majoring in microbiology. I want to develop and explore my special interest in the biology of the human body, so that one day I can apply this knowledge for the benefit of my community as a doctor. Apart from academics I enjoy being with family as well as socializing with friends and exercising.
Jaime's advice to new students: Some classes from previous institution need to be petitioned in order for them to count here at UCSD. If you are interested in doing research in the biology department while at the University, BISP 199 is a great opportunity to perform research and obtain credit for it. Look at this early in the quarter for deadline dates purposes. I am sure there are such opportunities for other majors. Look for programs like book lending to help you out.
Involvement: Member of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Volunteer research at Nieh Lab (Honey Bee Project)
Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Hi! Aside from my CBN major, I am also minoring in Education Studies. I think the brain is one of the most amazing things in the universe, and I also really enjoy working with students, encouraging (hopefully inspiring) them, and watching them grow more confident in whatever they're pursuing, so I aim to become a clinical neuropsychologist and instructor (at the community college level). I love DIY, especially if it consists of things like knitting, and I'm a big fan of puns, pickup lines, and bad jokes in general.
Tammy's advice to new students: Don't be afraid to put yourself out there, ask for help, apply for the position and talk to that person. The worse thing that can happen is that you gain experience. Most people are actually really nice and helpful, and either you get what you want, or you learn for next time.
Campus involvement: Vietnamese Student Association, CSI-CL Peer Educator, Interaxon