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First Year Experience at UC San Diego

Freshmen Experience Program (WARR 1) and Transfer Experience Program (WARR 2) are exciting 2-unit courses designed to help new students get the most out of their first year at UC San Diego and become more engaged and informed students. Learn more about UC San Diego's First Year Experience Program

How to Enroll?

  • Log into Web Reg 
  • Select WARR1 (Freshmen) or WARR2 (Transfer) 

Questions: Contact Warren Academic Advising via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) 

WARR 1, First Year Experience 

  • Receive practical advice about student life and educational strategies for success
  • Get connected to Warren college and campus resources, as well as research and involvement opportunities campus-wide
  • Learn from faculty who are committed to supporting your transition to college life
  • Interact with upperclassmen (discussion leaders) who remember what it is like to be a new student
  • Meet other new students

WARR 2, Transfer Experience 

  • Receive practical information on how to further your academic and career goals
  • Learn about transfer-specific resources and opportunities
  • Get connected to Warren college and learn about ways to get involved on campus
  • Learn from faculty who are committed to supporting your transition to UCSD
  • Interact with student leaders who remember what it was like to be a new student 
  • Meet other new transfer students 

Learn more about the First Year Experience program: fye.ucsd.edu  

First Year Experience - Weekly Topics

  • Opportunities, Challenges, and Expectations of University Life
  • Making the Most of the Classroom
  • Academic Integrity and Research Literacy
  • Personal Well-being and Academic Success
  • Enhancing Your Communication Skills in the Classroom
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Understanding Yourself and Others
  • Campus and Community Involvement
  • Research Opportunities, Experiential Learning, and Faculty Engagement
  • Choosing and Committing to a Major
  • Lessons Learned and Planning Forward

Benefits of Enrolling in WARR 1 or WARR 2

  • Awareness of internships, research opportunities, study abroad programs, and more
  • More effective research and study skills
  • Stronger time management skills
  • Increased confidence interacting with faculty
  • Increased awareness of how personal well-being impacts academic performance
  • Enhanced communication skills
  • More information about choosing a major and minor 
  • Exposure to topics that address diversity and social justice
  • Solid understanding of expectations about academic integrity

Message from the Professors

WARR 1 (First Year Experience) Instructor, Professor Grant Goodall

FYE Grant Goodall

Grant Goodall did his undergraduate studies at UCLA and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and his graduate work at UCSD and MIT. He is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics, where he directs the Linguistics Language Program and the Experimental Syntax Lab.  His primary research area is natural language syntax, with a special interest in using experimental techniques to explore this area. He also has a longstanding interest in how linguistic research is applied in the public realm, particularly with regard to issues of language teaching policy and practice. Outside of work, he enjoys yoga, travel, and when possible, sleep.

"UC San Diego is a fantastic place, but it can sometimes be overwhelming. This course teaches you strategies that will help you make the most of your time here and create a well-balanced life for yourself, incorporating your academic, professional and personal goals."

- Grant Goodall, Professor of Linguistics and First Year Experience Professor

WARR 2 (Transfer Experience) Instructor, Provost Emily Roxworthy

Emily Roxworthy

Emily Roxworthy is the sixth provost of Earl Warren College and has been faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance since 2004. She is also affiliate faculty in the Department of Ethnic Studies and in the Critical Gender Studies Program. Provost Roxworthy previously served as Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity & Equity with broad responsibility to promote equity, excellence, and diversity within faculty ranks. She served as Acting Provost of Thurgood Marshall College in Fall 2015, following two years of lecturing for Marshall's renowned DEI course "Dimensions of Culture." She has also taught in Sixth College's Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT) program and received a Sixth College teaching award. Her college appointment is in Warren, where she has served on the College's Writing Advisory Committee and Executive Committee of the Faculty.

Provost Roxworthy is an active and accomplished scholar and teacher, working at the intersection of theatre history and performance studies, with particular interests in interculturalism, Asian/Asian American theatre, digital media, and role playing. She is the author of the award-winning book The Spectacle of Japanese American Trauma: Racial Performativity and World War II, as well as numerous scholarly articles on the Japanese American internment and other topics.

Provost Roxworthy's full biography can be found here

Meet the Discussion Leaders

WARR 1: First Year Experience DLs

Kim Diaz

Kimberly Diaz

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Tracy, CA

About Kim: I am a first generation immigrant, born in Ameca Jalisco. As a young child, I moved around a lot through California and finally settled in Tracy by the time I started school. Early on I was fascinated by law and dreamed of being an attorney. I have now turned that dream into a realistic goal while picking up some interesting hobbies along the way. I love to weight lift, hike, travel and eat!

Kimberly's advice to new students: Venture into a new part of UCSD everyday and don't be afraid to try new things. My biggest fear after I graduate is that I will discover something about UCSD that I didn't try out as an undergrad. If something looks like fun - try it out! UCSD is a large school, but learning where the lecture halls and local student areas are will make this ginormous university feel like home.

Campus Involvement: Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity President, Geisel Facilities Team Lead, Triton Weight Lifter, Gil Cabrera for City Attorney Intern

Chris DuranChristian Duran

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA specifically Koreatown

About Christian: I am a sarcastic, easy-going girl who is super excited to be a Discussion Leader this year! I am beyond passionate about UCSD and Warren College and my passion is for advising and mentoring. I plan on volunteering with the Peace Corps for two years. I also hope to work at UCSD at some point in my future or at another university.

Christian's advice to new students: My advice to any incoming student is to get involved with things you feel that you may or even may not enjoy! The sooner you get involved the quicker you can start figuring out who you are and what you truly enjoy. College is designed to help you with the process of figuring out who you are and getting involved is honestly one of the best ways. So go out and join some organizations and make some friends!

Campus involvement: Program Coordinator for Warren Peer Mentorship, Textbook Assistant at UCSD Bookstore, CSE Peer Adviser, Lead at the Pines Dining Hall

Emily GobleEmily Goble

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Palm Springs, CA

About Emily: Hi there! My name is Emily and I am a third year returning Discussion Leader. When I’m not studying or spending time with friends, you can find me working as the Associated Students Engineering Senator and as a Judicial Board member for Warren College Student Council. I love being involved with student orgs and I am currently on the executive boards for Engineering World Health, the Society of Women Engineers, and the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. I am a proud member of the Panhellenic sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and an equally proud Warren College student. I have been a Warren Orientation Leader for the past two years and I love introducing first years to the amazing community here at UCSD. I can’t wait to share my knowledge of the campus and give insight on living a balanced and well-rounded college life!

Emily's advice to new students: Study every day, but not all day every day. Make friends and take classes outside your major. Explore the campus, the city of San Diego, and most importantly your interests. Get involved and join student organizations. Find the activities that make you feel the most fulfilled. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Use campus resources. Go to lecture and to office hours. Realize that college is an opportunity to grow and learn and discover. Appreciate each and every day here.

Emily's campus involvement: Associated Students Engineering Senator, Associated Students Office of College Affairs Council Liaison, Judicial Board Member for Warren College Student Council, International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Engineering World Health, Warren College Orientation Leader.

Yang LiuYang Liu

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Lishui, China

About Yang: Hi everyone! My name is Yang and I am a fourth year Psychology major at Warren College. Professionally, I aspire to become a Career Counselor in Higher Education and will serve as a Career Peer Educator at the Career Services Center this year! When I’m not in class or at work, I love to sing (Disney songs, J-Pop, etc), watch Japanese Anime and hang out with friends! As a Discussion Leader, I hope to help first year students have a smooth transition into UCSD and find a community here!

Yang's advice to new students: Take advantage of any and all opportunities and resources! There are so many departments, programs, faculty and staff here dedicated to support us in every aspect of our college life – academic support, personal and professional development, extra-curricular activities, community building, you name it! So be sure to make use of these opportunities to learn and grow!

Campus involvement: Career Peer Educator at the Career Services Center, Out-of-State and International Student Outreach Intern, Warren College Orientation Leader, Triton Edge Peer Mentor, Triton International Leaders Peer Mentor, International Student Orientation Assistant, Teaching Assistant at Psychology Department

SnehithSnehith Maddula

Major: Sociocultural Anthropology

Hometown: Irvine, CA

About Snehith: My name is Snehith and I am a second year Biochemistry and Cell Biology major at Warren College. I am excited to be your Discussion Leader for the upcoming year and help you during the early moments of your college experience. Public service is one of my prominent passions. I am involved in student government, both on Associated Students as well as Warren College Student Council and I do volunteer work at the hospital. I am also interested in photography, art and music. In my free time I like to go on hikes and backpacking trips, or simply hang out with my friends and explore La Jolla. I am a proud member of Beta Theta Pi and serve as an Orientation Leader for Warren College. My experiences are something I’d love to share with all of you so that you too, can make the best out of your time at UCSD.

Snehith's advice to new students: Strive to live each day differently and remember that every experience you have will only build upon your illustrious college career. Be sure to get involved early in the activities that interest you. Be sure to explore new things and ideas that you may not have in the past. College is a fleeting experience that can be maximized when you live outside of your comfort zone and become proactive in every aspect of your life. With these things in mind, it is also important to remain cognizant of your studies and make sure that academics remains your main priority as a student at UCSD.  

Campus Involvement: Associated Students (AS) First Year Council Executive Chair, Resident-At-Large of Warren College Student Council, Associated Students Warren College Senator, Department Aide at CVC ICU Thornton Hospital, Warren Orientation Leader

WARR 2: Transfer Year Experience DLs

Jordan ImageJordan Viernes

Major: Social Psychology

Hometown: San Diego, CA

About Jordan: Hello!  My name is Jordan. I am a fourth year Social Psychology major from Chula Vista, San Diego. I started UCSD as a Biochemistry/Chemistry major but discovered Psychology really interested me and was a much better fit. I plan to graduate from UCSD in Spring 2017 and go on to graduate school to earn my Masters in Student Affairs and Higher Education/Student Development. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, trying new foods, watching Netflix, traveling, and aerial silks.

Jordan's advice to new students: Something I wish someone had told me when I started at UCSD is to take advantage of all the resources available to you on campus. Go to the Career Services Center, Geisel Library, ask your professors to Coffee-with-a-Prof or Dine-with-a-Prof, go to club and student organization meetings. Do everything and anything that comes your way because it could lead to so many wonderful opportunities in the future. Take chances!

Campus involvement: Warren Transfer and Commuter Commission, Warren College Student Council, Peer Advisor for Warren Academic Advising, Student Assistant for Warren Provost's Office, Discussion Leader for FYE 

BrentBrent Younger

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: San Jose, CA

About Brent: Hi, my name is Brent and I am a fourth-year, Computer Science major. Last summer, I transferred into UCSD from Evergreen Valley College. I am interested in project management and aim to be a project manager at a software company after I graduate. Outside of my major, I like to plan events for fellow students. I have helped with a trip to the San Diego Zoo, a brunch for graduating seniors, and co-coordinated a panel discussion and mixer with six UCSD alumni. I look forward to meeting you all!

Brent's advice to new students: Make your college experience meaningful. You have about 2 years to have a positive impact on the UCSD community. Find your passion and cultivate it through all the resources available at UCSD and beyond. Start your involvement in 1 or 2 ways on campus. Meet new people and build your network. Seek help when you are stuck. Find a mentor who can guide you to accomplish your goals. Be a little better today than you were yesterday.

Campus involvement: Warren College Orientation Leader, Warren Transfer and Commuter Commission, Warren College Student Council, Triton Food Pantry Volunteer, Student Representative for Food Insecurity Advisory Committee 


For inquiries, contact fye@ucsd.edu.