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As Academic Year Begins, Alumni and Scholars Roll Out Virtual “Welcome Mat”

August 21, 2020
michael trevino

Each year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program team provides an in-person orientation for the incoming scholars. With the campus still closed, alumni and current scholars stepped up and gave friendly greetings and advice to the incoming cohort of 42 first-year and transfer alumni scholars in The Achievement Award Program and The Achievement Award Program Diversity Scholarship.

Coming to Cal is both exciting and daunting. We are grateful to our Cal Alumni Association community for helping our students feel supported as they embark on their Cal journey virtually. Community is even more important and valued during these challenging times.

Watch the inspiring welcome video below.

6 Words of Wisdom for New Students from Cal Alumni and Current Scholars


“Make connections and nurture those relationships all through your career and all through your life. That’s the best advice I can give you these are incredibly challenging times.” —Michael Trevino ’89


“You belong here.” —Anmol Walia ’23


“Your perseverance and your refusal to ever give up—even when you have those dark days—that’s going to make you successful at Cal, and I know you will be successful in life. Go Bears!” —Cloey Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79

pedro de anda plascencia

“I would advise you all to always keep in mind while you are here who grounds you, what your dreams are, and to never forget about the communities back home that have helped you get to where you’re at today.” —Pedro De Anda Plascencia ’21

mo budak

“You are now charged to be a light unto the world.” —Mo Budak ’70

justin hogenauer

“Use this moment to challenge yourself in new ways.” —Justin Hogenauer ’22