Kayla Jefferson: UC Davis has been a lot to take in, but I would consider myself adjusted at this point. I’ve met a variety of people and even joined a club. I presently have all “A’s” in my classes. I’m happy with my progress and very excited about what I’ve been learning. The workload is a little stressful, but it is manageable. My favorite class would be my Seminar on the Crisis of the American Dream. My most challenging class is Linguistics since it involves understanding different languages.
C. Barnett: Do you feel you have everything you need to be competitive and do your best in your studies?
Kayla Jefferson: Yes, I have all my books and everything necessary to successfully move ahead. My roommates are really nice and we get along fine. Making the social adjustment is part of this game and I’m happy to be in good company and have such great study partners for my roommates. We hang out together when we have time.
C. Barnett: Is college life what you expected?
K. Jefferson: Actually, yes it is. It is a lot of “adult-ing” and it’s fun. But it requires a serious focus and concentration on school work. On the weekends, I mostly stay in, study and complete homework assignments. Occasionally, I will join the crowd and go to downtown Davis. There is a Farmers’ Market that is really popular and it has a lot of eateries that I enjoy trying.
C. Barnett: How many roommates do you have and where are they from?
K. Jefferson: I have two roommates. One is from Victorville and the other is from San Diego. So we are all California women! We get along beautifully. It’s been fun learning about each other and our different backgrounds. We live on a “community floor” and it is representative of a great deal of ethnic diversity. Interestingly, I only see a few African American students in my classes.
This quarter, I am taking 5 classes. One of them is an African Verbal Arts class. It is an interesting class taught by an Ugandan Professor.
All in all, this was a great beginning at college life. It is the best of both worlds. It is challenging, but I’m also having fun. It is the start of a wonderful excursion. Many thanks to you ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter. I truly appreciate the help you have given me to begin this exciting journey.