Picture of Nicole GarciaOn-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations:

Davis Women in Business- Marketing and Design Director
Aggie Reuse Store- Director
Student Affairs Marketing and Communications- Photographer

Why do you choose to be involved as a student leader?

Leadership is a passion of mine I discovered before coming to UC Davis, and so I wanted to continue to explore and mature that passion throughout my time in college. I knew Davis would be the perfect opportunity because of its thriving student organization life and leadership opportunities.

What have you learned about leadership through your work with others on campus?

It was through my involvement in multiple different leadership positions that I was able to grow my passion for helping others. My involvement has exposed me to such a diverse set of individuals who continue to inspire, motivate, and challenge me on the daily. As a result I’ve grown into become a much more dynamic and hardworking individual than I would have been without my leadership experiences.

What is your most memorable experience at UC Davis?

One of my most memorable experiences has definitely been receiving the Climate Solutions Award from the City of Davis on behalf of Aggie Reuse Store. We were recognized by the city for our efforts on campus and in the community toward waste reduction and landfill diversion. It was an honor to attend the award ceremony and to know we were making a difference in our community.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?

My favorite UC Davis tradition would definitely be Fall Welcome Week. I love seeing all the new and returning students on campus, and everyone has this contagious energy of being ready to take on the new year. It’s a great time to meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and to know that I have the whole year ahead of me is empowering.

What advice would you give to a student thinking about getting involved?

The undergraduate years at UC Davis might seem like a long time, but it goes by so quickly. Finding a supportive community is one of the most important things in life, and Davis is an amazing place to do that. I’ve found that investing my time into others and my passions is the most rewarding way to spend my four years here, and I would highly encourage others to do the same.

How does getting involved complement your studies?

Holding positions that align with my interests has allowed me to complement my studies in ways that I never would be able to in the classroom. My academic interests range from marketing and communication to design, leadership, and so much more, and by pursuing these outside of my studies I’ve able to apply the skills and theories I’ve learned in my classes.

Future plans?

I hope to pursue a career in marketing and leadership in the future, being able to continue developing my passions I’ve discovered through my involvement at Davis.

Fun Facts?

I love photography in my free time and I usually always have my camera on me!