While at UC Davis, Artem Trotsyuk took advantage of hands-on internship opportunities. He worked in the operating and emergency rooms at the medical center, in addition to serving as a student assistant to the chancellor—a position that campus recruits annually. In 2013, he transformed the UC Davis campus by founding a new Aggie tradition—Stride for Aggie Pride. Winding through the UC Davis Arboretum and other beautiful campus locations, the 5K run promoted a healthy lifestyle and raised $17,500 for scholarships and emergency aid. The second annual Stride for Aggie Pride is happening on May 18, 2014.
“I want the Stride for Aggie Pride 5K to be known as a student-led effort to gather the campus and neighboring community together in order to bring good to fellow Aggies,” said Trotsyuk. “This project was built from the ground up and was a huge success due to the cross collaboration and efforts of students, staff, faculty and administrators alike.”
In addition to the 5K, Trotsyuk is founding a free vision service operating through the student-run Shifa Clinic at the UC Davis School of Medicine to provide free eye exams and basic vision care to the patient population of the clinic. He hopes that his projects can leave a legacy of community service and philanthropy at the school that gave him so many rewarding opportunities.
“UC Davis offered me a chance to learn from excellent academics, participate in research, help communities in need, participate in internships, be involved in student government and develop professionally to be ready for the next steps in my educational and post-graduate career,” he said.