Update on the Senior Gift Campaign + Resources for Seniors! 

We know our Senior Year didn’t end up like how any of us expected it - we’re bummed, too. We’ve compiled some resources to help us out financially, professionally, and mentally. 

The Senior Gift Campaign 

  • Big thanks to all the Seniors who’ve given back as part of the Senior Gift Campaign, a tradition that dates back over 100 years.
  • In light of the Covid-19 outbreak, we’ve decided to redirect our campaign’s focus to getting emergency support to students. Coming together as a Class to support each other is one of the best things we can do now to Keep Cal Golden. 
  • We are working on reimagining our traditional Senior Gift events, Happy Office Hours and the Chancellor’s Thank You Reception, as virtual alternatives - stay tuned! 

Student Emergency Fund: Accessing & Supporting 

The Student Emergency Fund provides direct support to help students cover lost wages, food, relocating costs, and other essentials, including technology and books. 

  • To access additional support from the Student Emergency Fund, you can get started by opening a case with the Financial Aid office here. They will get back to you within 1-3 days of your inquiry. 
  • If you are able and would like to give back to Cal, we encourage you to make a gift to the Student Emergency Fund. We have been asking alumni and parents that want to help to make a gift to this fund as well - feel free to share! Thank you so much.

Basic Needs Center: Services Available for You

  • A comprehensive living document detailing all of the resources and services they provide is available here

  • The Basic Needs Center provides the following services: Food Pantry, Case Management, Emergency Housing, Drop-In Financial Aid Advising, and CalFresh Support. 

Career Center: Advice for Seniors  

Using Handshake

  • Handshake is a job-searching portal that every study at Cal has exclusive access to. Log-in with your CalNet ID here
  • Once you log-in, click “Career Center” to: 
    • Make video appointments with Career Counselors.
    • Read the Job and Internship Guide.
    • Access other guides and resources. 
  • We have access to career counseling for one year after they graduate. We’ll also have access to Handshake and events for up to 5 years. Here are more details about services for alumni.

CareerMail 

  • CareerMail is a newsletter written by our counselors and tailored to your industry! They have lots of advice for dealing with job searching amidst Covid-19. 
  • Sign up for a CareerMail newsletter on Handshake. 
  • Click your profile icon → “Career Interests” → Scroll down and select your categories. 

The Career Center Website 

Mental Health Resources

It’s important we take time to acknowledge and care for our mental health during this tough time. 

  • Advice from the Greater Good Science Center 
    • We found the advice the Greater Good Science Center in this article, “Four Things to Every Day for Your Mental Health,” to be helpful. Focusing on these 4 things - Moving, Nourishing, Connecting, Being - definitely has helped some of us get through the days. 
    • The Greater Good Science Center has more articles and guides like this here
  • Counseling Services 
    • For help from University Health Services, you can find more information about making an appointment with a counselor here
    • Student-to-Student Peer Counseling is also offering drop-in hours on Zoom 10am-4pm M-F with trained student counselors! Make an appointment here.