Olivia Sanchez ’22


Pronouns: she/hers

Hometown: San Diego, California

How long have you been walking backwards, leading tours? Four years

Major: Political Science—Public Service

Minor: Community and Regional Development

Why did you choose UC Davis?
I chose UC Davis because I was looking for a tight-knit community within a college town, which is exactly what Davis is. The accessibility between campus and downtown, the friendliness of each student and the sustainability that UC Davis practices are all things I wanted for my second home.

What’s your favorite campus tour stop?
My favorite tour stop would have to be the Quad. On my very first tour of UC Davis, I recall falling in love with the campus at that moment. Watching students lounge on the grass with their friends, throwing frisbees to each other and taking naps on hammocks, I knew that was exactly what I pictured my college experience to include. I love showing that off to guests and prospective students.

What is the most surprising thing you’ve discovered about UC Davis?
How personable and kind all the faculty and staff have been.

What challenges have you overcome as part of university life?
As a first-generation student, one significant challenge I've had to overcome is Imposter Syndrome. Imposter syndrome is feeling like you're unqualified, not smart enough or creative enough to be in a position or at a particular school. However, through my professional and personal growth on campus, I ultimately discovered that I have earned my place here at UC Davis, and that I do have a lot to offer!

Best advice you’d give to a new Aggie?
Enjoy everything. Allow yourself to sit in that shiny new feeling that comes with being in a new place surrounded by new people. Go to the football games, the socials, the club meetings, those nights out to ice cream with your friends. This might be the best four years of your life, so take it in and savor everything.