Hardest Changes to Adjust To: Saying Goodbye to Mommy and Daddy

Written by Juliza Ramirez on Tuesday, 22 September 2015. Posted in Student Life

Hardest Changes to Adjust To: Saying Goodbye to Mommy and Daddy

I think we may all agree that our parents drive us crazy 99.9% of the time. We think that no one understands the anxiety and stress we have been under as we approach move in day. But believe it or not, as much anxiety and nervousness we may think we have, our parents probably have five times as many.

Trips around Trop: The Beach(es) in your Backyard

Written by Tanaya on Friday, 31 July 2015. Posted in Student Life

Trips around Trop: The Beach(es) in your Backyard

Soft sand between your toes. A light ocean breeze and the bright sun’s warm caress against your back. Your beach towel awaiting your return as you catch a couple of cool waves in the shallows of the Great Pacific.  You’re probably thinking, “Cool, Hawaii?” But I kid you not; this is a first-hand (and foot) experience of mine from earlier today.  

Living in this little college-town definitely has its perks, and I’d be lying if I said having the Pacific Ocean in your backyard isn’t a huge one of them.

Starting your Dorm life: What’s Included and What to Bring

Written by Tanaya on Wednesday, 15 July 2015. Posted in Student Life

Starting your Dorm life: What’s Included and What to Bring

Wondering, worrying about, and overthinking what to bring to college? Well put your mind at ease, because it’s easier than you think, and after reading this you won’t be making the same mistakes so many students make, year after year. 

The first and foremost tip I have for you, my UCSB classmate, is pack LIGHT, and pack just what you NEED. Roommates, their own belongings, and the bustle of college life will soon show you that a few and well-chosen essentials will be all you need to help make your time here sweet and successful.

A Match Made in College: Prepping Yourself for Roommates

Written by Brendan L. on Tuesday, 30 June 2015. Posted in Student Life

A Match Made in College: Prepping Yourself for Roommates

When I look back at my first year at UCSB, my mind is quickly drawn to the experiences I had with my roommates.  Going into it, I was really unsure about the whole situation, since I had never really lived with “roommates.” My family was already used to my quirks and obnoxiousness, and I wasn’t sure if I would have to censor myself in order to live with…strangers. *gasp* I was certain that my new roomies would be the most judgmental cool kids in the world, and I didn’t want to seem like I was a square bear, but I also didn’t want to live in a grungy mess or have a bunch of randoms raging in my room.

FAQs from Incoming UCSB Students

Written by Gladiola on Friday, 08 May 2015. Posted in Student Life

FAQs - Tropicana Del Norte

FAQs from Incoming UCSB Students

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween Weekend!

Written by Erika on Tuesday, 14 October 2014. Posted in Student Life

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween Weekend!

As many of you know, Halloween is just around the corner… BOO! Don’t be scared though, if you follow these 5 tips you’ll have a fun and safe Halloween that you’ll always remember!

How to Build a Tasty and Flavorful Mexican Salad

Written by Erika on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

How to Build a Tasty and Flavorful Mexican Salad

Being at Trop for almost 5 years… yes five, I have found ways to eat healthy and mix it up each day without going out and spending money that, lets be honest, I don’t have. Some of you might be getting to the point where a PB&J sandwich just isn’t tasting the way it used to or a salad with veggies can seem a bit blah. I have a few hints to help you make each meal healthy with taste to back it up. 

 

If the Trop Café is serving Mexican that night then that means you can avoid the extra calories in a tortilla or shell bowl and make a delicious Mexican Salad. 

Things to Do in Santa Barbara

Written by Alana on Friday, 12 September 2014. Posted in Student Life

Things to Do in Santa Barbara

We are really fortunate to live in Santa Barbara where many people come to vacation! Though most of our time as students is spent in itty bitty Isla Vista, try to get out at some point over the course of the 4 years and explore your new home! Here are some ideas for your future adventures.

Getting Around your College Town

Written by Tanaya on Friday, 15 August 2014.

Trop’s Tips for Everyday Transport

Getting Around your College Town

Walk around Isla Vista during the school year and what do you notice? Everyone is trying to go somewhere. One of my favorite things about this beachside college town is the eclectic variety of ways that people get around. The fact that the majority of the UCSB population lives within a few blocks of their school means that a car may not always be the transportation of choice. In addition, the overall levelness of the terrain, as well as many pathways for non-car traffic leaves room for a kind of awesome range of transportation. 

How to Kick the Mid-Quarter Blahs

Written by Ria Perera on Saturday, 31 May 2014. Posted in Student Life

How to Kick the Mid-Quarter Blahs

At this point most of us have experienced enough of college to recognize the “mid-quarter blah period” as it’s coming. And it is coming. It’s usually the time after midterms where we've all been exhausted from studying to the point of no longer caring or at least to the point of not wanting to put in 100% anymore. When it comes to the decision of taking a nap or going to class, this period makes it easier to pick the former. However, we almost always regret this decision afterwards as we realize we've been making a nasty habit of this or as a classmate tells us about how important that one class actually was. But there are several ways to nip this blah period in the bud. To re-inspire yourself:

To Try or Not to Try

Written by Ria Perera on Tuesday, 27 May 2014. Posted in Student Life

To Try or Not to Try

I confess that my reservations about even trying to apply for Resident Assistant for Tropicana stemmed from my idea that it has never been my privilege to experience such a position. I discredited myself before even giving myself a chance, something I am not willing to continue to do. I am aware of my capabilities and I know how far I can go with them. 

Applying for Jobs - Quick Tips!

Written by Brendan L. on Wednesday, 07 May 2014. Posted in Student Life

Applying for Jobs - Quick Tips!
It’s coming up on Summer Job season, and there are going to be tons of opportunities for students to work and make some extra spending cash. Make sure that you are on top of your game to get the job you desire most!

Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

Written by Brendan L. on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Student Life

Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

On January 17th, 2014 it was declared that California was in a state of emergency caused by drought. California's Governor has asked all residents to reduce their water use. Santa Barbara County has joined the State in declaring a drought emergency and has asked for a 20% reduction in water usage.

Coinciding with the State's and the County's efforts, we ask you to please be mindful of your water usage. We appreciate your personal efforts in helping our community reduce our water use as a whole.

Here are some things to think about when you are using water, which can assist in our conservation efforts:

Reduce Stress

Written by Ria Perera on Saturday, 01 February 2014. Posted in Student Life

Reduce Stress

What about the ailments that don’t get a siren? Like a broken heart, a collapsed pride, or a mental breakdown? College sees a lot of the latter. As second quarter veterans of UCSB, we have all experienced the stresses that come with the close of a quarter. Finals have become the dreaded inflictors of such pain, but no hospital, no medication can cure us. Here are some ways to therefore prevent mental breakdowns and to do so as early as now:

UCSB vs. Cal Poly SLO

Written by Vera Cordeta on Tuesday, 07 January 2014. Posted in Student Life

UCSB vs. Cal Poly SLO

There's loud music blaring in the courtyard, students are all decked out in their blue and gold gear, several people are sporting UCSB facepaint... what could that be? Well, a number of things, actually, but this time, Trop's going to the soccer game! We've got our school spirit up and roaring and our tortillas hidden safely in our pants, hoods, and anywhere else they won't check! It's GAME TIME!

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Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Gardens is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the gravel lot located on the corner of El Colegio Road and Embarcadero Del Mar directly across from Tropicana Gardens. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!