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FROMTHE EDITOR

WELCOME BACK, STUDENTS!

Welcome back, UC Merced and Merced College students! And to all the incoming freshmen, hey! We’re excited you’re here and we hope you enjoy #CollegeLife magazine, a publication that is one part student, one part campus and all parts FUN.

In this issue of #CollegeLife, we’re touching on it all – the FUN and the REAL. From how to recharge your batteries after a long and grueling semester of studies and exams (on page 14), to the issues college students face that sometimes lead down the tragic path of addiction (on page 12). We’re talking about it all here at #CollegeLife. Don’t forget our popular ongoing feature stories like the Meet section, where we interview Merced College Student Mikayla Whitield, (on page 20) and UC Merced Professor Sidra GoldmanMellor (on page 25) for this summer/fall issue. Salma Memon, President of Associated Students of UC Merced, stopped by this issue for a message directly to her peers ... YOU. Take a look on page 9. And as always, you can ind more information on athletic schedules, events and happenings, and featured stories on the two major university and college campuses in Merced right here at #CollegeLife – the regional college magazine distributed throughout Merced county. We’d love for you to join the conversation using hashtags #CollegeLifeUCM and #CollegeLifeMC on social media to let us know what you think about the stories in this issue of #CollegeLife magazine. Best wishes to you for a successful and FUN new school year! – Cherise Henry

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CAMPUS ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO TAKE 15 UNITS PER SEMESTER TO COMPLETE ON TIME PHOTOS BY PATRICIA JORDAN RUTAN

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f Merced College students were to enroll in 15 transferable units per semester, research shows they would complete their community college program in two years. According to national data provided by Complete College America, only 4 to 5 percent of community college students nationwide complete in two years. Dr. Michael McCandless, vice president of Student Services, notices a similar trend with Merced College students. “Local data correlates with national data in regard to student coursetaking behavior. Students enrolling in fewer than 15 units per semester are completing their educational goals in 3-6 years; whereas, students enrolling in 15 units per semester, for a total of 30 units per year, are much more likely

to complete in the preferred two-year window. The 15 to Finish model is proven, effective, and great pathway for on-time student completion.” 15 to Finish is a national initiative designed to increase student educational goal completion. While the emphasis of the initiative is on-time goal completion, the data demonstrates that there is a correlation between units and success. In all success indicators (course success, retention, and grade point average), studies demonstrated that the higher the number of units students were registered the higher the levels of success. A Merced College task force went to work in fall 2016 to determine the feasibility of the 15 to Finish initiative. This task force looked in depth at both national data, Merced College data, and proven practices. The task

force met to discuss the 15 to Finish program and whether it would be a good fit for the campus. The taskforce forwarded several recommendations to the Vice President of Student Services.

“The 15 to Finish taskforce dispelled a popular myth regarding the initiative, namely, that student GPA suffers under the strain of increased course load,” McCandless said “This common assumption is, in fact, inaccurate as students enrolled in 15 or more units carry higher GPAs than the average GPA of students enrolled in 1-14 units.” The data demonstrated that students who were enrolled in 15 units perform on average three tenths of a grade point higher than those regis-

tered for 12 units (the traditional marker for full-time enrollment). As students enroll for the 2017 summer and fall semesters, Merced College counselors are encouraging them to follow the 15 to Finish path to success. Currently, only about 15 percent of students enroll in 15 units. In most cases, if community college students enrolled in just one additional course per semester, they would be on track to graduate in two years. While skepticism has been expressed about the initiative in community colleges nationwide, once the program is promoted and students add an additional class, data clearly shows it works. “Merced College understand and is supportive of all students, some students may have obstacles preventing embracing the 15 to Finish model,” McCandless said. “At the same time,

we would like to challenge all students to reflect on their course-taking behavior and challenge themselves to stretch their limits. While taking 15 units may not be feasible for all students, setting completion goals needs to be a part of the planning process and a real consideration for each student when they begin their educational journey.” There are long-term advantages to 15 to Finish as well. Moving students more quickly toward graduation helps students enter the work force earlier, often creating financial benefits such as longer careers which result in more retirement earnings. “Merced College is excited to support the 15 to Finish initiative and begin the conversation with students. This model will challenge both students and the institution to provide clear pathways for success,” McCandless said.


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committed to ensuring the success of each of its students while celebrating our diversity. This year marks an important milestone in our campus history. If you look beyond the Scholars Lane Bridge, you will notice that the construction of our Merced 2020 Project expansion plan is well underway. This time next year, campus will look vastly different. We are building for the future while shaping tomorrow’s leaders. You are not another number or statistic at UC Merced; you are a part of the foundation. Here, you will not only will you gain the skills and knowledge you need to succeed beyond college, but you will also shape the future of UC Merced for all who follow. This is our time to show the world what a 21st-century campus looks like. Whether this is your first week or your 100th week on campus, there’s always some-

thing new to try and experience at UC Merced. This year, join a new club or organization that interests you by visiting the Office of Student Life on the first floor of the library and learn about the more than 200 clubs and organizations that exist on campus. Challenge yourself to explore the wonders that nature has to offer by hiking through Yosemite National Park with our Outdoor Experience Program. Get involved in groundbreaking research alongside your professors gaining hands-on experience in labs while working toward new discoveries. Most importantly, build your support system through the lifelong friends and educators you will meet on campus. Those individuals will push you beyond your boundaries and motivate you to continue forward and succeed no matter what. This is a new year and a new opportunity for you to grow alongside our

campus for a better tomorrow. Always remember that while you choose to come to UC Merced, this campus also chose you. We are the smallest of our sister UC campuses, but don’t let our size fool you. We are paving the way for all other campuses to follow. Again, welcome to a new year and I wish you the best of luck in your journey ahead. With love and thanks. SALMA MEMON PRESIDENT OF ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF UC MERCED

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ello! It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. To all the continuing UC Merced students, welcome back home! We did it! We are one year closer to graduation. To all of the incoming students, congratulations on your acceptance into UC Merced and welcome to the Bobcat family. For those who are considering UC Merced in the future, coming here is one decision you will never regret. If you had asked me four years ago, “Where do you see yourself?” never in a million years would I have said UC Merced. However, today, I am privileged to attend one of the most prestigious university systems in the world and be a part of the growth and expansion of our beautiful campus — a campus

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CAREER PATHLIFE AFTER GRADUATION

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raduation is an exciting time in the lives of students. After years in the classroom preparing for life after school, graduation marks a time when students are inally ready to enter the real world and land their irst professional job.

are looking for. Take a career assessment test or work with a career counselor to narrow down the ields and positions that speak to you. Avoid the I’m willing to do or learn anything approach to job applications. Employers may see that as desperation. Don’t rely entirely on the Internet. Oftentimes, landing a good job requires reaching out to people in person. In a Monster College survey, 78 percent of job-seekers said networking was a factor in their job searches. Standing out from the crowd may involve physically standing out. Attend conferences or speeches from people who work at the companies you’re investigating. Don’t be afraid to shake some hands and introduce yourself to others. Think about what you can ofer to prospective employers. Narrow down your speciic skills and customize your resume or cover letters to the speciic talents you can ofer each potential employer. Use examples that illustrate these skills from past school courses, volunteerism or part-time jobs. Your quirks like being the most punctual person in your group of friends, may turn out to be the skill an employer admires the most. Consider developing a career portfolio that highlights your past achievements. Do your homework before an interview or networking opportunity. Always be prepared before an interview or when meeting with someone you are soliciting for job help. Research the company and know its background so you have an idea of how the company runs. Keep a list of questions at the ready. A knowledge of the company can help you stand out from other applicants. The next step for many after graduation is to ind a job that its with graduate’s career goals. Saturday, August 12, 2017

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics advises that earning a college degree can greatly improve a person’s chance of landing a job. The more education a person receives, the lower his or her prospects of being unemployed become. The BLS said that, as of 2014, individuals with a bachelor’s degree could earn on average $1,101 per week, compared to $668 for persons with high school diplomas. Those with bachelor’s degrees had a 3.5 percent unemployment rate compared to 6 percent for those with only high school diplomas. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that roughly two million students earn bachelors degrees each year. Many others will go on to earn masters or doctorates before entering the workforce. As the economy continues to improve, job prospects follow suit. According to a job outlook from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers had plans to hire 8.3 percent more new college graduates in 2015 than in 2014. The growth of businesses and the rising rate of retiring Baby Boomers has spurred employment prospects. Landing a job post-graduation requires diligence on the part of new grads, and the following are a handful of ways to make those pursuits more successful. Hit the ground running. It’s tempting for recent grads to take the summer of and have a lax approach to job-hunting after all of the hard work they put into their education. But recent grads can get a head start on their competition by beginning their searches immediately after earning their degrees. Create a list of a few target companies you have your eye on, and then tap into your network to ind a contact at each company and reach out to that contact directly. Focus on a career path. Prospective employers prefer that applicants have some certainty regarding the types of jobs they

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SOCIAL ISSUEBREAKING THE ADDICTION CYCLE

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COLLEGE SUBSTANCE ABUSE BINGE DRINKING, PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND RECREATIONAL DRUG USE ARE ALL COMMON PROBLEMS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES By: Addiction Center

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tarting out in college produces some natural social anxiety for many students. The temptation to drink is strong because college students overwhelmingly ind that alcohol makes socializing easier. Not all college students immediately start binge drinking and doing drugs, but routinely drinking to have more fun leads many students toward addiction.

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The high rates of drug abuse among college students can be attributed to a number of factors, including: • STRESS. As students are facing the high demands of coursework, part-time jobs, internships, social obligations and more, many turn to drugs as a way to cope. • COURSE LOAD. More students than ever are taking stimulants, such as Adderall, to help them stay awake long enough to study or complete assignments by their due dates. All too often, these prescription drugs are obtained without a legitimate prescription. • CURIOSITY. College students are exploring many new aspects of their lives in personal and professional realms. It’s not uncommon for that self-exploration to dip into drug experimentation. • PEER PRESSURE. College students who are surrounded by other people experimenting with recreational and performance-enhancing drugs are more likely to try these substances for themselves.

Alcohol is the most popular and dangerous drug on college campuses by far. To many, drinking is synonymous with the college experience; alcohol is nearly always present at house parties, sporting events and student get-togethers. Because the use of alcohol during college is widespread and often condoned, many college students end up drinking more alcohol more frequently than their peers who aren’t in college. Nearly half of students who drink have reported binge drinking, according to a report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Excessive drinking is not only a major health concern in the long-term, it can lead to immediate tragedies such as assault, injury, arrest and even death. Learn more about binge drinking and the efects of alcohol on college campuses.

If you are a college student struggling with binge drinking, prescription drug abuse or an eating disorder, you don’t have to face this diicult time alone. Our addiction specialists can get you in touch with caring, experienced counselors to help you through it. Get in touch with Addiction Center now to take your life back from substance abuse or addiction.

DRUGS OF CHOICE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES Trends change over time and no drug is immune to college experimentation. However, there are a few substances that are consistently abused among college students. These include alcohol, Adderall, marijuana and ecstasy.

DID YOU KNOW? College students make up one of the largest groups of drug abusers nationwide. Young people (ages 18 to 24) are already at a heightened risk of addiction. Those who are enrolled in a full-time college program are twice as likely to abuse drugs and alcohol than those who don’t attend college. Four out of ive college students drink alcohol.

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RECREATION & FUNRELAX & RECHARGE

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RECHARGING YOUR BATTERIES

WITH SOME F-U-N By: Patricia Jordan Rutan

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etween classes, homework and jobs, it often seems as if there isn’t more than a few minutes to relax and enjoy some downtime. So how do you ill your weekends with fun activities without having to spend an arm and a leg? You may be looking for something a little more exciting than a trip to the park or hanging out at Starbucks. Whether you have a little money or none, you can ind fun in the most unlikely places. Here are a few fun ideas of things to do with your family or friends that will cost little-to-no money.

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1. DIY Olympics – Gather some of your friends together for some spirited competitions. You can play tug-of-war one-on-one or in groups, cartwheel races, obstacle courses and a one-legged race. Add a bunch of mud to mix if you like getting down and dirty. Throw a beer pong or lip cup tournament if you like to add beer to your Olympics. COST: $10-$20 in supplies

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2. Thrift Store Makeover – Grab a bunch of your friends for a thrift store makeover. You set the price limit of $10$15 and draw names. Together you all travel to the biggest thrift store in town and select the best outit for the name you selected within the price limit. The rules are you have to wear whatever your friend selects for you, no matter how ugly or crazy. Once everyone is dressed in those swanky new duds you all go out for a celebratory breakfast. COST: $10-$15 + breakfast

3. Photo Scavenger Hunt – Plan a photo scavenger hunt with your friends. Team up in pairs and tackle missions like playing leapfrog in the park with strangers, walking down the aisle with someone you don’t know, take a video of eating some very strange food, try on 6-inch high heels, or Rickroll in a Starbucks. And of course, don’t forget to post it all on Instagram or Snapchat. Cost: Free

5. Friend Fear Challenge – There is nothing like facing your fears together to test the bonds of friendship. Go bungee jumping together, hold a live snake, let a tarantula crawl up your arm or dress up as clowns. Everyone agrees to do each person’s phobia to face your fears together. Record each challenge and post on social media for all your friends to enjoy. COST: Sky’s the limit depending on your fear

4. Garage Sale – Clean out all that junk you’ve been collecting since you’re long lost childhood and make a little extra cash. Make it a group project with your friends and you’ll have a large enough sale to draw in the early bird shoppers. COST: You make money on this one

7. Movie Marathon – Make it a Rom-Com night or a Jason/Freddie slash fest. Be sure to stock up on pizza, popcorn, candy and some beverage before you settle in with your friends for an all-night movie marathon. To up the game to the next level, do XYZ every time someone on the screen kisses or wears pink! COST: Just the cost of junk food and movie rentals

3. Throw a Bonire – Settle in next to a beautiful bonire with your friends. There is nothing like making memories of relaxing nights under the stars with your friends next to the crackle of a warm ire and some good food and drinks. Don’t forget the s’mores! Cost: Whatever you spend in food and drinks


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8. DIY Water Park – Summertime in the valley is hot. There is just no getting away from it. So, instead of fighting it, embrace it. Organize a DIY water park with your friends. Make sure you have plenty of water canons, slip ‘n slides, sprinklers and water balloons. Cost: $40 in supplies

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9. Iron Chef Competition – Like to cook? Are making scrambled eggs a mystery to you? Doesn’t matter. Pick a special ingredient such as anchovies, Andouille sausage, curry or coconut, and challenge your friends to an Iron Chef Competition. Turn it into a party and it won’t matter if the food turns out fantastic or terrible. Cost: $40 in food

11. Route 66 Diners – If you are looking for a real adventure and have a bit of money available to spend, plan a road trip down old Route 66. The famous winding road travels from Los Angeles to Chicago. But it’s not the road itself that has inspired the legend— it’s the diners. There are hundreds of fabulous hole-in-the-wall roadside diners up and down Route 66. Spend a week traveling from state to state, tasting their specialty cuisines along the way. Make sure you post each stop on Instagram. Cost: Sky’s the limit

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10. Hope on a Mystery Train – For those out there with an adventurous spirit, grab a friend or two and go down to the local train or bus station. Hop on the next one leaving the station - it doesn’t matter where it goes and spend the day exploring. See the sights of a city you never would have visited. Meet new people, run through the park, take selfies next to the local statues or landmarks, and try their restaurants or pubs. Cost: $50 in tickets

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POLLHOW DO YOU RELAX

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The test is over, essays are turned in and final grades are posted. Now is the time for relaxation and fun … or maybe a road trip with your friends. We’ve asked and you’ve answered with some of YOUR favorite ways to relax when all is said and done.

I love going on road trips for the day and camping.”

“Volleyball and swimming.”

“ I love camping.”

– Maddie Ward

– Kaleigh Navares

“Going on long walks with my kids.” – Toni Murrieta

– Rose-Mary Yanis

“Playing D&D and anything nerd-like.”

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– Nathan Duncan

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“Playing video games.” – Zech Dyles

“A trip to LA and hanging out at Santa Monica Beach.”

Be with my family.”

“I’m gonna hit up all the lakes because their finally full up.”

– Michael Baldasano

– Jasringder Singh (Left)

– Yuki Ishii

“I love swimming and chilling by the pool and going to the county fair.”

“This summer I’m going to Japan and hang out with my friends.”

– Candace Herb

– Moe Nozuki

“Go to Mexico to visit my family.” – Maria Tinta

“Go to Vegas.” – Ryota Masiki


“Go to the ocean.”

“Go to San Diego.”

– Yudai Kitahara

– Koki Ikeda

“Go to Yosemite and watch plays in the Bay Area.”

“Play tennis.” – Joey Pazzi

– Priyanka Bapat

“Go to Santa Cruz and the beaches by Monterey.” – Lexus Palominos “Go to Snelling and go floating on the Merced river.”

“I love working out and running marathons.”

– Teryn Batiste

– Elina Sahagun

“Go to Yosemite and swimming.”

“Go on long walks and go camping with my friends.”

– John Parrish

– Tony Nguyen

“I love doing mud runs.”

“Work on my motorcycle.”

– Salvador Diaz

– Kenneth Hamel

“Coaching basketball.”

“Play with my dog.”

– Brian Jones

– Diane Almazar

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CL: What are you studying at Merced College? Talk about your graduate program and department, and if you're focusing on anything specifically. MW: I am a general Biology major. Most of the courses I have taken thus far were the physical sciences, but soon the life sciences will be more of a focus as I proceed further into my studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed my experiences within the STEM field and look forward to expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. CL: What led you to choosing your major/program? What are your graduate school goals? Postcollege and career goals? MW: Upon entering college, I had the intent of eventually becoming a pediatrician. Entering the medical field has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. After shadowing a few physicians and physician assistants I knew that this was the sector I wished to serve in. With some research of how to achieve this goal, I came across the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), which was heavily focused on testing applicant’s knowledge of Biology and other various sciences. This meant that a Biology major seemed most applicable for my intended career goals. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I plan to go to medical school and eventually become a Pediatrician with the intent of returning to the central valley and serving our community. CL: Outside of being a student, what else are you a part of or enjoy doing? This can be school-related or something completely different that is unique to you. MW: Outside of school I enjoy getting involved in our community and have always found joy in serving others. Various programs have given me this chance such as the Loaves and Fishes (a community based organization reaching out and serving food to those in the community who need love and support), and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. The first two years of college have presented me with ample resources through the Pre-Med Club on campus to be more involved with leadership, the school, other students, and our community. I have held the positions of Community Service Chairman, Vice-President, and President of the Merced College Pre-Med Club, and have thoroughly enjoyed each experience. CL: What do you have planned for the coming semester? Any big plans or goals or aspirations or to-dos? MW: This upcoming fall semester I am transferring to CSU Stanislaus. My plan is to get involved on campus and make the most of my University experience. CL: Based on your experiences in college so far, what do you want your fellow students (existing and future) to know? Any words of wisdom? MW: Get involved with your school. The college experience is what your make of it. If you go to class, and go home you will probably dread attending school but if you join clubs, make friends, and become an active member on your campus you will find that you might actually enjoy going to school. You are going to be okay. That is something I wish I had realized when taking those difficult courses that seemed impossible to overcome. If you work hard, use your time wisely, and seek help; those hard classes become bearable.


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Choosing a graduate program is an important decision that can impact students’ career prospects and financial futures. According to Peterson’s Real Guide to Colleges and Universities, the average annual tuition for a graduate program at a public university is $30,000, while graduate students at private universities can expect to pay nearly $40,000 each year. Such figures illustrate just how important it is for prospective graduate students to find the right schools for them. 1. Conduct exhaustive research. Because the cost of graduate school is so substantial, students should be extra diligent when researching potential grad schools. Gather as much information about each school as possible, even contacting department heads and/or professors to learn if a given program is best for you. Graduate programs tend to be specialized, so make sure each school you’re considering offers exactly what you’re seeking. For example, graduate programs in history may specialize in a particular period of history. As a result, students who want to pursue graduate degrees in history must find the program that allows them to study the period that most interests them. Finding such programs requires extensive research, so students must afford themselves ample time.

2. Speak to current students and recent graduates. Current students and recent graduates can provide a unique perspective that prospective grad students won’t get from brochures or online research, no matter how exhaustive that research might be. Encourage students and recent grads to be candid, asking them about their experiences as grad students and, for recent grads, how they fared in the job market after earning their degrees. Don’t discount the latter, as grad school is an investment of time, energy and money, and that should lead to professional fulfillment upon graduating.

3. Be realistic about your finances. While many people enroll in graduate programs to improve their earning potential, some students may not enjoy that benefit. The cost of grad school varies depending on the school and the program, but prospective grad students may want to change their plans if the cost of obtaining an advanced degree will greatly affect their financial freedom for years to come. Students worried about their post-grad school earning potential may want to choose less expensive programs so they can still pursue their degrees without mortgaging their financial futures. Graduate school requires a substantial investment of time, energy and money. Prospective grad students should do everything possible to ensure they invest in the grad school that best suits their particular needs.

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MEETUC MERCED

SIDRA GOLDMAN-MELLOR UC MERCED PROFESSOR

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CL: What is your title and role at UC Merced? Talk about the classes you teach and the students you work with. SGM: I am an Assistant Professor of Public Health. I both teach and do research. I’ve taught a few different classes in my time at UC Merced so far — the last two years, I taught PH100 (Introduction to Epidemiology), an undergraduate class; and then two graduate-level classes for our public health PhD students: Epidemiology and Research Methods. Next year (2017-18), I will be teaching those two grad classes again, as well as a new undergraduate class that I’m currently developing. It will be a small upper-level seminar that teaches students how to do research on adolescent suicidal behavior (the main focus of my research) using hospital patient data. I’m really excited about teaching that class and exposing more UC Merced students to that kind of epidemiologic research! CL: Before you were a professor at UC Merced, what did you do? What path were you on? Attending school? Pursuing another career? SGM: Just before coming to UC Merced, I was a postdoctoral fellow at Duke University. Postdoctoral fellowships like this are what a lot of health sciences people do for a couple of years after they finish their PhD. You get to spend an extra couple of years focused on research and developing your own research portfolio and skill set, without having to teach (which is great but takes up a lot of time!). Before that, I was at U.C. Berkeley, which I did both my PhD in epidemiology and, before that, my Masters in Public Health (MPH). I’m maybe a little unusual among academics in that I took a couple of years off between getting my B.A. and starting graduate school. It’s something I highly recommend to the undergrads who come to talk to me about career pathways -- especially if they think they’re interested in doing an MPH. I got a great job in Washington, D.C. doing health policy research for a nonprofit social science research organization, NORC. That’s kind of the ideal scenario -- try to get a good job after college, one that will allow you to develop new and useful skills, where you’ll get some mentorship, and that will look good on a future grad school or job application. CL: What led you to becoming a professor? And specifically a professor of the department in which you teach? SGM: My parents are both professors -- philosophy professors, in fact! So going into academia always seemed like a pretty natural thing, in some ways. They loved their jobs, always got to work with smart and interesting people, and had a lot of independence and got to travel a lot. But I actually didn’t settle on becoming a professor until pretty late. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to get a PhD for a long time, but after I did my MPH I realized I wanted to keep doing research. Then when I got to the end of the PhD I thought, “I’ll just see if I can get a good postdoc. If I can’t, then I’ll go find a non-academic job.” And I got a good postdoc... and then I got a great job at UC Merced. But I’m pretty adaptable and think I could have been happy doing lots of things. And as an epidemiologist, I would have lots of professional options if I ever left academia. But I love my job at UC Merced! PHOTO BY PATRICIA JORDAN RUTAN CL: W Do you have a favorite part of your day as professor? Or maybe its your favorite week or month? SGM: I really love the research process and thinking through how to solve problems -- whether those problems are how to express a certain thought in writing or how to analyze data in a certain way. I think of it like a puzzle... figuring out how the different pieces go together. And I like helping my students think through those problems too. I also really like teaching -- some aspects of teaching can be really frustrating (like grade-grubbing! don’t do it, folks!), but seeing students’ faces come alive when they suddenly grasp a certain idea or get inspired about working in public health is so gratifying. I feel very privileged to get to do the work I do. CL: What has your work taught you about life? SGM: Gosh, that’s a big question! There are so many ways I could respond to that. One thing I’ll say, though, is that people who pursue careers that in some way are helping other people -- as in, they›re not just out for themselves and to make money -- tend to be much happier and feel more rewarded over the long term, even if they don›t make as much money. A lot of people are raised to think that focusing on getting a job that pays the most money possible is the best way to «succeed» at life. But pursuing that kind of career tends to leave people frustrated and bitter and unfulfilled. We spend the vast majority of our adult lives working -- so pursuing a job that you actually enjoy and find stimulating is really important! That could be any kind of job -- what I find fulfilling and what you find fulfilling are probably really different -- but you just have to find a career that you love enough to endure the inevitable tedium that accompanies any job. CL: If nothing else, what do you want your students (existing and future) to know? SGM: I do work in mental health, and one thing I’ve learned is how commonplace mental health problems are, and yet how invisible they can be. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve had friends and coworkers and students tell me that they’re currently struggling with really severe mental health problems like depression and suicidal thoughts. I study these things for a living, and I would never have known! So I try to be really sensitive about those issues, and open up awareness about them in my students as well. You never know what struggles someone is dealing with -- so be mindful of how you treat other people.

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From dorm room supplies to crazy must-have items for off-campus living, here are some items you may not have realized that you really do need.

GEEK CLOCK To fuel your inner geek get yourself a Star Wars, Harry Potter or Sci-Fi themed clock. Or you can embrace your inner nerd with a Math Geek, Science Geek and Chemistry Geek clocks. For you Disney princesses out there they’ve got you covered, too! Cost: $18-$35 Find it at: etsy.com & zazzle.com

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WEWOOD JUPITER WATCH OK, the only real reason to get a watch nowadays is because they look cool. And watches are made entirely out of wood just up the ante. These watches have beautiful natural stain and wood grain. Plus you get the added bonus of sporting a sleek watch that is completely biodegradable. Cost: $75 Find it at: amazon.com

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SINGLE-SERVE COFFEE MAKER Late night cramming sessions can take their toll and you might not get through it without that blissful steaming cup of joe. But Starbucks is closed at 2:00 AM so what are you to do? A small sleek cofee maker for your dorm room may be the answer to your late night study sessions. And for you regular night owls, you may need to upgrade to the larger multi-cup options. Cost: $33 Find it at: amazon.com

As long are you are setting a wooden accessories fashion trend while saving the world you might as well top it of with a sporty pair of wooden sunglasses. You really can’t deny it; these shades are beautiful and will show of your unique personality. Forget the plastic sunglasses you’re used to, these are made out of solid wood with polarized lenses and come with a wooden case. Cost: $38 Find it at: amazon.com

APOLLO PRECISION TOOL KIT This will be one of the handiest and most valuable things you get during your college years. There will come many times in your life when you will need a hammer or a Phillips screwdriver and you’ll be glad for one of these all-inone tool kits. You’ll probably be the only person in your dorm who has one so a word of advice… don’t lend any tools out because you will probably never see them again.

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SCENE AROUND TOWN UC MERCED: Summer session is just beginning on campus and students are taking advantage of squeezing in an extra class or two before Fall semester.

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Molly Easter, Christian Gutierrez

Betsy Nielsen, Phil Cunningham

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MERCED COLLEGE: Students and faculty wrap up the 2016/2017 school year and take a quick break between finals.

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THE SOCIAL SCENE ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS AUG.14-SEP.7 Margaret Noble, Sculpture MERCED COLLEGE ART GALLERY Reception: Aug.23@6PM

SEP.18-OCT.12 Jeff Carter, Painting MERCED COLLEGE ART GALLERY Reception: Sep.20@6PM

OCT. 20 @ 7:30PM Concert Band Mark Doiel, Conductor Presented by Merced College Music Department MERCED COLLEGE THEATER $8 in Advance, $10 at the Door

OCT.23-NOV.9 Monika Meler, Printmaking MERCED COLLEGE ART GALLERY Reception: Oct.25@6PM

DEC. 1 @ 8:00PM Merced College Chorale Curtis Nelson, Conductor Presented by Merced College Music Department MERCED COLLEGE THEATER $8 in Advance, $10 at the Door

DEC. 8 @ 7:30 PM Concert Band Mark Doiel, Conductor Presented by Merced College Music Department MERCED COLLEGE THEATER $8 in Advance, $10 at the Door

DEC. 9 @ 7:30 PM – ONE NIGHT ONLY! Jazz Ensemble Directed by Ken Taylor Presented by Merced College Music Department MERCED COLLEGE THEATER $8 in Advance, $10 at the Door

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All Merced College events and activities can be found at MCCD.edu/Calendar

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UC MERCED 411 Financial Aid (209) 228-7178 inancialaid.ucmerced.edu Oice of the Registrar (209) CAT-2REG (228-2734) registrar.ucmerced.edu registrar@ucmerced.edu Academic Advising and Tutoring (209) 228-7252 learning.ucmerced.edu/ content/ucm-academic-advisors H. Rajender Reddy Health Center (209) 228-2273 health.ucmerced.edu Admissions admissions@ucmerced.edu admissions.ucmerced.edu transfer inquiries: transfer@ucmerced.edu (209) 228-7178 Associated Students asucm.ucmerced.edu grievances: asucm.ucmerced.edu/content/ grievance-submission University Bookstore ucmerced.edu/home.aspx (209) 228-2665 Campus Security: Emergency (209) 228-2677 (CAT-COPS) 9-9-1-1 from any campus phone 9-1-1 from cellular phone Campus Security: Non-Emergency (209) 228-8273 (business hours) (209) 228-2677 (24 hours)

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Text-A-Tip (209) 626-8826

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Anonymous Number (209) 228-8477 police.ucmerced.edu Violence Prevention Program (209) 386-2051

Valley Crisis Center 24-hour hotline: (209) 722-4357 UC Merced Counseling and Psychological Services 24-hour hotline: (209) 228-4266 counseling@ucmerced.edu

MERCED COLLEGE 411 Financial Aid Merced Campus: (209) 384-6031 Los Banos Campus: (209) 826-3495 inancialaid@mccd.edu mccd.edu/services/inaid Admissions and Records Merced Campus: (209) 384-6000 option #1 Los Banos Campus: (209) 826-3495 mccd.edu/ar/index.html Counseling Oice (209) 381-6478 mccd.edu/services/guidance/ecounselor.html Student Health Services Merced Campus: (209) 384-6045 Los Banos Campus: (209) 826-3495 ext. 6423 mccd.edu/studenthealth/default.htm

Resources for Victims of Sexual Ofenses On and Of Campus Student Health and Personal Counseling Services (209) 384-6045 Dean of Student Services (209) 384-6192 Valley Crisis Center (209) 722-HELP (4357) Escort Service (209) 384-6054 campuspolice@mccd.edu

MERCED COMMUNITY RESOURCES Nearest US Post Oice 3550 G Street (In Raleys Supermarket) Merced, CA 95340 (209) 722-3689 Department of Motor Vehicles 1313 W 12th Street Merced, CA 95341 (800) 777-0133 Yosemite National Park Yosemite Village, CA (209) 372-0200 Lake Yosemite 5714 N. Lake Road Merced, CA 95340 (209) 385-7434 Hagaman Park 19914 W. River Road Stevinson, CA 95374 (209) 385-7434

Associated Students asmcclerk@campus.mccd.edu http://www.mccd.edu/organizations/student/ asmc.html

Henderson Park 2641 E. Merced Falls Road Snelling, CA 95369 (209) 385-7434

Bookstore mercedcollegebookstore.com (209) 384-6280

Merced County Public Library 2100 O Street Merced, CA 95340 (209) 385-7484

Campus Security: Emergency (209) 384-6054 (from outside phone) 6054 (from district phone)


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