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I Found My Niche at the University of California Santa Cruz

Haley, a young woman with fair skin and brown hair, stands outside in a field at sunset. She smiles off to the right and wears jeans, a white tank top, and a grey jacket.

Student Name: Haley Reese

School: University of California – Santa Cruz

Major: Business Management and Economics

“Hi! My name is Haley Reese and I am a junior at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Choosing UCSC was the best choice I ever made. I chose UCSC because I fell in love with the campus (it doesn’t get any better than having both the beach and the forest) and the relaxing + supportive campus environment. The community at UCSC truly supports one another. I am a Business Management Economics major with a minor in Legal Studies and have really enjoyed the classes I’ve experienced in both topics.⁠

One of the most meaningful experiences of college for me so far has been joining my campus’s mock trial program. The people on my mock trial team have truly become like family to me and I could not imagine my life without them. They are a group of people on campus that I know I can always rely on. Traveling and competing with my best friends at tournaments has been something I will always remember.  Mock trial has allowed me to improve my public speaking and make connections on campus.⁠

Santa Cruz truly has an environment different than any other UC in the system. The students are more than willing to help one another learn material for classes and the environment is extremely calming to be in. Although UCSC is pretty large in size you really do get the feeling of being in a small close-knit community through the college system that breaks down students into 10 separate living spaces throughout campus.“⁠ – @haleyy.eliza

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