Zach Luis ’21

portrait of a student tour guide


Pronouns: he/him/his

Home Town: Torrance, California

How long have you been walking backwards, leading campus tours??

Since I was a freshman!

Majors: Economics, and Mathematics

Minor: Political Science

Why did you choose UC Davis??

When I was a senior in high school, I did not know much about UC Davis. I knew it was a great academic institution and that it was in Northern California. It wasn’t until I visited the campus as an admitted student that I got a great sense of what UC Davis has to offer. I knew that in college the academics are obviously important, but you are also going to be living there for years as well. I really wanted to learn more about the student life and if I could see myself live, enjoy and thrive in Davis. From the moment I entered the city of Davis, I felt this welcoming sensation wash over me. Everyone I met, no matter whether on or off campus, was just so friendly and easy to talk to. The fact that the environment, community, atmosphere and academics were so positive drove me to call UC Davis my home. That decision was one of the best that I have made!

How has UC Davis expanded your thinking and learning?

When I was a freshman entering UC Davis, I was limited in my knowledge of other majors/classes/professions. Through my experiences and time at UC Davis, I have been able to learn so much more about the plethora of jobs and professions that are very interesting but not widely known. It also gave me the opportunity to take so many classes in subject areas that I knew nothing about, and the widening of my academic horizons aided in my journey of discovering what my future may entail.

What has been your favorite class so far?

International Law (POL 122) has been one of my absolute favorite classes. This class really prompted my interest in international relations and political science. I found the subject matter really captivating and intriguing which, after exploring other classes, led me to pursue a political science minor. Learning about the law of the sea and different levels of agreements made me absolutely excited to attend that class and learn more.

What’s been a challenge you’ve overcome at UC Davis?

Prior to coming to UC Davis, I definitely had issues balancing time well and learning to not overcommit. Here, I learned to know my limits and not overextend myself. I also embraced a sense of balance in what I do in a day and am able to keep everything more well-managed.

What’s your advice for a high school or community college student who wants to apply to UC Davis?

Prospective students should take their time filling out the UC application and find ways to really showcase who they are within it. Also, when decision time comes around, I know there can be pressure and stress when deciding on a college, which is why it is important for prospective students to take a deep breath, evaluate what they are looking for in their college experience, look at their options and take the time (and utilize the necessary resources) to make the decision that is going to be best for them.