Sidra Ali

Year in school: Senior

On-campus leadership roles/positions/organizations:
Phi Delta Epsilon President (2016-17)
Phi Delta Epsilon External Affairs Chair (2015-16)
Professional Sorority Fraternity Council President (2016-17)
Profession Sorority Fraternity Council External VP of Community and Philanthropy (2015-16)
Imani Clinic Undergraduate Volunteer (2015-17)
Coordinator of Public Health Programming with UC Davis Pre-Health Student Alliance (2014-15)
Mentor for Biological Sciences Cohort (2014-16)
Public Relations Officer (2015);

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

Organizations have given me so much and I want to give back. I wanted to be more involved with the organizations I was a part of and wanted to grow into a stronger leader and help others grow into leaders as well.

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

I learned that everyone has a different leadership style and it is important to figure out others styles to work with them. It is very important to adapt to other’s leaderships styles. I believe student leadership is about helping others and creating a space where people are able to grow. In order to create this space, it is important to plan ahead of time to figure out what needs to be done and who should do these tasks.

What is your most memorable experience at UC Davis?

The quarter I joined Phi Delta Epsilon! Even though it was a busy quarter, I learned so much through the new member process that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

What is your favorite UC Davis tradition?

Picnic Day: I love hanging out with friends!

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

Definitely checking out different orgs on campus. This campus is so large so if you look hard enough you will find people who are just like you and passionate about the same things. Becoming more involved on campus was definitely the best part of my UC Davis experience.

How does getting involved complement your studies?

Being a student leader has helped me learn how to time manage and organize my time. Although at times it is hard to juggle, I feel that I have learned so many skills outside the classroom through these organizations I would not have learned anywhere else.

Future plans?

I am graduating after Spring Quarter. I am still figuring out where I’ll be in the fall but I am hoping to apply to Medical School next spring!

Fun Facts?

Role Model: My dad! His story and perseverance motivates me to move forward and keep going!

Favorite Quote: Always Stay Fearless.

Hobbies: I love to play tennis and listen to music!