Chelsea Hernandez
Year in School (ex: 4th year): 4th year
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Major: Design; Minor in Education

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations (past and present):
Picnic Day
Chair, Children’s Discovery Fair Director, Children’s Fair Assistant Director
Best Buddies
Vice President, Activities Coordinator
Cal Aggie Camp
Camp Counselor, Arts & Crafts Coordinator
Associated Students of Interior Design
Co-President, Social Media Coordinator
Prytanean Women’s Honor Society, Member

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?
I love to help in any way I can, and being a student leader allows me to help fellow Aggies and the individuals my organizations serve.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?
I have learned that each position has its own challenges, but the lessons learned from them can carry over in to other activities that I am involved in. I first started event planning with Picnic Day as an Assistant Director, and then what I learned for that helped me with my role as a Picnic Day Director and as Activities Coordinator for Best Buddies.

What is your most memorable experience at UC Davis?
One of my most memorable experiences would be sitting on stage during the parade ceremony on Picnic Day and having Band-uh perform right in front of us. There is nothing quite like it.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?
Pajamarino and Picnic Day are my favorite traditions because I love seeing all the alumni who come back and showcase their Aggie pride. Their school spirit makes me so excited and proud to be an Aggie. I look forward to doing the same once I graduate.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?
I would say to take chances because you never know how far an opportunity can take you. My involvement in Picnic Day helped me discover Cal Aggie Camp, which I am now happily a part of for my second year.

How does getting involved complement your studies?
Getting involved allows me to better develop my problem solving, creativity, and project management skills that I use in design classes. In addition, since I am involved in multiple organizations, it has helped me develop my time management skills.

Future plans?
I will be graduating this spring and will continue my non-profit work with The PJ Alvendia Foundation, which benefits leukemia patients, as an Adviser. After taking a gap year, I hope to apply to graduate school for Industrial Design.

Fun Facts?
I became a vegetarian 5 years ago, and my favorite thing to make is muddy buddies.