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In the Know

In the Know is a free monthly e-newsletter full of useful articles that help families connect with UC Davis during their students' undergraduate experience.

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In the Know is translated into Spanish and Chinese. Copies of translated versions are available by clicking on the appropriate link at the top of each newsletter or using the links below:

Select articles from previous In the Know issues are below.

Parents Fund Supports Student Participation in Conservation Research

December 10, 2018

By Eric Gifford and Ashley Han

In her classes, Katrina Jessoe, Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a 2018 Chancellor’s Fellow, uses real-world examples to show students firsthand how sustainable choices can be made in their everyday lives.

And students often play a role in gathering that information. Jessoe and a research team of students partner with water and electric utilities across California to learn what factors influence residential customers in their use of these resources.

Your Sophomore (Second Year) Commute

December 10, 2018

By Ryan Jones

With the Fall Quarter coming to an end, students that have been living on campus may begin to explore off-campus housing, which among other changes, brings new considerations for commuting to UC Davis. Whether living just outside campus or in a surrounding city, your student can still get to their classes easily and car-free.

Ways College Students Can Stand Out for Employers

December 10, 2018

By Ken Barnes

What gives your college student that competitive edge when applying for jobs? Of course, good grades and experience top the list, but what else can students do to stand out amongst thousands of their colleagues that graduate every year? Below is a list of activities your student can partake in that will enhance their skills and make them stand out among their peers.

1. Community Service

2019-20 Scholarships Available for Students

December 10, 2018

UC Davis offers more than $4 million in scholarships to benefit undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Scholarships can range from $100 to $13,000 per academic year. Students must complete the online application by January 9. Undergraduate scholarships are all awarded on a merit basis and have a wide variety of criteria. There is a single application, and winter break is a great time to apply!

More information

How to Connect with Your First-Generation College Student

December 10, 2018

Is your student the first in your family to attend college? If so, when they come home, it can be hard for parents and students to communicate. Your students are having new experiences that they want to tell you about. They are facing many new challenges and learning new things. Here are some questions that will give your students a chance to share their college experience with you.

Campus Updates for Parents

December 10, 2018
Winter Break Information

The last meal served in the dining commons (DC) will be dinner on December 14 until 8 p.m. Meals will resume on January 4 for dinner at the Segundo DC at 5- 8 p.m. Tercero and Cuarto DCs will resume operation with brunch at 9:30 a.m. on January 6.

All residence halls will close at noon on December 15. Residents may not stay in the halls over Winter Break. Access to all buildings will be denied, so please remind your students to grab their essentials before they leave!

A few things to do prior to leaving:

(Leave the Car at) Home for the Holidays: Examining a College Student’s Car-Dependency

November 19, 2018

Holiday season is upon us and for parents of first-year Aggies, now might be a good time to reexamine your student’s dependency on a vehicle while at UC Davis. Public transportation and ample bicycle lanes are some of the many things that make Davis such a commuter-friendly community. By now, your student has likely acclimated to their Davis-way of living…and so should you.

It's Midterm Season

November 19, 2018

This can be a scary time for first year students as they venture into the world of midterms, quizzes and winter quarter class registration. Families are often wonderful sources of support for students as they work their way through these college milestones. Support your student by listening to their experiences, concerns and excitements.

Parent to Parent: Interview with an Aggie

November 13, 2018

By Sylvia Pardini

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

~Melody Beattie

For our November issue of In the Know, parent council member Sylvia Pardini decided to talk to her Aggie Dillon (NPB ‘20) about gratitude. Read her in-depth one-on-one conversation with her son.

Mom:     As we approach Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?

Dillon:    I’m grateful that I am blessed with the opportunity to attend a world class university.

Student Accounting

November 13, 2018

Winter Quarter 2019, is fast approaching and in preparation of the upcoming quarter there are some important information parents of UC Davis students need to know.  Many parents have concerns about the financial aspects of their student’s account, making payments, obtaining access to their students account, enrolling in Deferred Payment Plan (DPP), understanding the Fee Payment Deadline and the Drop for Non-Payment Process.

Parent to Parent

October 04, 2018

By Mari Corbin

If your college students are anything like mine, their first time hunting for off campus housing feels daunting. They aren’t even sure where to begin nor what to do. As a parent, the best thing we can do is give them guidance and be available for support, but let them do the heavy lifting. They will learn a great many life skills and lessons from the experience. Here are some key considerations for successful off campus house hunting.

Student Affairs Updates

October 01, 2018

By Debra Cleveland

Now it’s a great time to talk with your student about the upcoming academic year. Do they need an internship to complement coursework? Research experience? Tips for studying or staying healthy? The Division of Student Affairs understands that a student’s well-being in one area of life can influence outcomes in other spheres. In each issue of In the Know, you’ll learn about the division’s resources and programs that together serve students’ needs holistically and help them fully engage in their educational and developmental journeys.

Summer is over, what next?

September 18, 2018

By Ken Barnes

Summer is over and your student is either off to college for the first time or headed back after a well-deserved break. Of the many thoughts occupying parents’ minds, helping them prepare for life after college (what we at the Internship and Career Center (ICC) call “career development”) is probably high on the list. Here are some tips to help your student prepare for the upcoming year.