November 28, 2022

Evidence to McClatchy High School students that an education at the University of California is within their reach? Three of the four UC Davis students who took the podium there last Thursday (Nov. 3) were Sacramento School alumni.

McClatchy was the site of an Achieve UC event to inspire students to get a UC degree, encourage early preparation, and let them know it’s affordable.

Previously, dozens of UC officials, educators, elected officials and other community leaders met at a reception. “We have important work to do here,” UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May (above) said in brief comments. “Together, we help make college possible for McClatchy High School students.”

That morning, UC Davis staff also gave classroom presentations about the opportunities a UC degree can offer, how to prepare students to be successful candidates, and the financial aid available to pay for college.

Chancellor May wore a McClatchy hat at a gathering for about 700 10th graders. He emphasized the diversity of the University of California. “No matter who you are or where you come from, you will find a welcome home at UC Davis or one of our sister campuses at UC.”

The McClatchy High audience heard about the college life of four UC Davis students, while answering questions from UC Vice Provost Yvette Gullatt, anyway. The panelists, from left: senior Alice Atiegar and freshmen and McClatchy alumni Claire Mitchell, Adamaris Perez-Venegas and Benjamin Saetern.

Atiegar, left, who attended El Camino Fundamental High School in Sacramento, said she was thrilled to discover how diverse UC Davis is. She added that there are many student-run organizations and services for immigrant students.

UC Davis students and Gunrock threw T-shirts and other swag into the crowd.

Over lunch, May spoke with a dozen McClatchy students, including student organization leaders and participants in the MESA college and career preparation program, offered locally through UC Davis. MESA organizes events to introduce students from underrepresented groups in the university to opportunities in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and to help them understand university admissions.

Outside at a college fair, representatives from the nine undergraduate campuses of UC and Sacramento City College were on hand to speak with McClatchy students.

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