University of California leaders — including UC Davis mascot Gunrock — encourage students to prepare for university on Achieve UC Day.
UC Davis visited Sacramento Charter High School, where three out of four students qualify for low- or reduced-cost lunch.
Karlos Carter of Undergraduate Admissions helps students discover how university can help them achieve their dreams.
Naja Barker, 15, eagerly volunteers to answer a question.
Rya Saenz, 17, reads about UC Davis admission requirements.
Next, Gunrock creates some excitement at an assembly for 300 students.
Walter Robinson of Undergraduate Admissions urges students to take opportunities seriously.
“Look around this room. Look who’s here,” he says. “I see hope. I see inspiration.”
UC Davis student Samuel Cain, left, is proud to encourage students at his alma mater.
“They can do anything they want,” he says. “All they have to do is reach out and take it.”
In the new year, UC Davis’ Early Academic Outreach Program will provide college-going workshops for 50 ninth graders.