Student Life

The Guide to Making New Friends

Written by Ria Perera on Tuesday, 07 January 2014. Posted in Student Life

The Guide to Making New Friends

Going to college is like taking the ‘you’ you’ve known and worked on for so long and plonking yourself in a completely new environment. Our comfort zones have now been stripped away and we are encouraged to adapt to our new surroundings. In the shuffling mess that is moving and adjusting, how do we go about making new friends? How do we segue from feeling the absence of old friends? The transition is actually a lot simpler than we realize. The first step has nothing to do with seeking out a companion, but actually begins with studying oneself. When changing environments, it is very easy to stress out. The same applies for changing the homes of animals and pets. Everything around us seems to be changing. It then becomes difficult to remember or to gauge who we are, though we might have known it extremely well before the move. Start small. Observe your reaction to the change. Do you like it? Are you happy? Are you ready to let go of the past and embrace your new life? Answering positively to these questions is paramount to forging new, successful relationships. When you feel ready, others around you can feel that you’re ready as well. Take out your headphones, smile a bit more, let your happiness show. People tend to gravitate more towards others that know themselves and are happy rather than downers.

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Written by Christine Skari on Thursday, 02 January 2014. Posted in Student Life

How to Avoid the Freshman 15

Let’s face it, the dorm environment and college life aren’t typically known as beacons of health. In fact, it would almost seem as if the odds are against you in maintaining healthy eating habits- a problem that causes many students to gain the “freshman 15” their first year at their new school.

As a self-proclaimed healthy living girl, I had to completely relearn many of my engrained habits as I was faced daily with all-you-can-eat dining commons, hours of schoolwork, partying, and the lack of motivation to make it to the campus gym.

In the end, putting in the effort to stay fit and healthy is one of the most important things you can do during your college years and will help you feel confident, happy, and comfortable in your own skin. 

Getting Around Town - The Ins and Outs of Transportation for UCSB Students

Written by Brendan L. on Friday, 26 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

Getting Around Town - The Ins and Outs of Transportation for UCSB Students

When you first move to UCSB, getting around in general is going to be perplexing because you don’t know where you’re going. However, knowing how to get around in certain areas will DEFINITELY make a huge difference in your life, and reduce a lot of that needless stress.

TEMPO: Get a Head Start on Your Life at UCSB and Tropicana Del Norte!

Written by Brendan L. on Friday, 19 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

TEMPO: Get a Head Start on Your Life at UCSB and Tropicana Del Norte!

Did you know that Tropicana offers an early move-in program for residents at Tropicana Del Norte?

What to Bring (and Not Bring) When you Move In to Tropicana Del Norte

Written by Brendan L. on Friday, 12 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

What to Bring (and Not Bring) When you Move In to Tropicana Del Norte

Ready for your big move to UCSB? Well, think smaller. One of the most common mistakes new residents make when moving to a residence hall is packing way too much stuff!

What is a Resident Assistant in College?

Written by Brendan L. on Friday, 28 June 2013. Posted in Student Life

What is a Resident Assistant in College?

A Resident Assistant (RA) is a peer who makes sure that your residence hall community is safe, fun, and academically conducive place to live for you and your neighbors. They work to make your overall experience at Tropicana Del Norte a positive one. As a former RA, I’ll be completely truthful; it isn’t easy. Being an RA was one of the most challenging, yet enriching, experiences of my life. I met so many people from diverse backgrounds, and I like to hope that I made a positive change in their life by making their freshmen year a memorable and fulfilling experience.

Surviving UCSB Finals

Written by Mayle T. on Monday, 10 June 2013. Posted in Student Life

Surviving UCSB Finals

Finals week at UCSB is upon us. It gets intense as the time ticks away while you’re studying and staying up all night. I know that the most logical thing to do is to study as much as you can and cram the night before, since it worked for midterms. (Let’s hope!) However, you can always take an alternative route not as detrimental to your mind and body. Here are some helpful tips for surviving finals.

Healthy Eating in the Trop Café

Written by Monika T. on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in Student Life

Upon entering college, I have to admit that the thought of gaining the “Freshman 15” was consistently entering my mind. Discussions of the typical college student diet were abundant, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only student out there that was convinced eating healthy in a dorm was nearly impossible. Every student faces the transition from enjoying home cooked, wholesome meals to the stereotypical “dorm food diet.” As a student athlete, I figured I had no reason to focus much attention on my diet; exercise is enough, right? Wrong. After hours of research and goal setting, I made a commitment to myself to maintain a nourishing lifestyle, which included eating as natural and “clean” as possible (whole, unprocessed foods). Small changes and a gradual incorporation of this eating style allow for the process to be exciting and extremely self-rewarding. So where did I start? Here are a few introductory tips I always kept in mind.

Treat Yourself to a Post-Midterm Break

Written by Mayle T. on Wednesday, 22 May 2013. Posted in Student Life

Now that UCSB midterm season is done, take the opportunity to relax for a couple days, before finals come around the corner. School can be such a stressful thing, but remember, it will end eventually. That’s why you need to make most of your time here and just enjoy the little things while you can. For example, if you have a whole lot of work to do but you just can’t pull yourself together to do it, take a break. There is no harm of using an hour or two to grab a bite to eat or chat with your friends. However, the hardest part about taking a break is to remember to get back to work afterwards! I know that when I see my friends, I just want to hang out with them and catch up on the great things in life – the things that don’t stress you out.

Enjoy Spring Quarter at UCSB

Written by Lucia M on Friday, 03 May 2013. Posted in Student Life

Enjoy Spring Quarter at UCSB

When I first came to UC Santa Barbara, I was amazed by everything that surrounded me, especially the beach.  I never knew how I'd have enough time to discover all that is Isla Vista; it just seemed like there was so much to do.  But lately, I’ve found myself spending more and more time sitting in my room and watching old episodes of Gossip Girl.

Got Free Time on Your Hands?

Written by Mayle T. on Wednesday, 24 April 2013. Posted in Student Life

As a UCSB student, I wish I could say that I had free time on my hands. It would be just great to relax the day away and just enjoy the warm sun. However, it’s hard! Especially when classes are rolling and we all have our things to do.

The Joys of College Studies: A Late Night Rambling from a UCSB Student

Written by Anjali S. on Thursday, 11 April 2013. Posted in Student Life

The Joys of College Studies:  A Late Night Rambling from a UCSB Student

My English professor emailed us a really funny joke:

Knock Knock

Who’s there?

Sleep.

WHAT?!    I THOUGHT YOU WERE A MYTH LIKE HERCULES.

I was giggling really hard until I saw under the joke, she attached additional reading on top of our already ginormous pile of reading, and had added the joke to lighten the mood before torturing us.  That’s college…There’s just too much to do here.

A UCSB Senior’s Reflection on Her Freshman Year

Written by Josephine N. on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. Posted in Student Life

A UCSB Senior’s Reflection on Her Freshman Year

Now that freshman year at UCSB is long past, I think I can finally talk about it and not feel embarrassed. Let me just say then that it was…amazing! Sure, I’ll admit that I was super shy and not so willing to try new things.  I’m pretty sure everyone that lived on the same floor in my residence hall thought I was a pretty “keep to herself” kind of girl.  But hey, I got past that and it all worked out for the better.  Now I want to do anything and everything I can before I leave beautiful Santa Barbara.  I believe that I finally broke from my shell after being part of Vietnamese Culture Night at school.  I signed myself up to be a part of the All Girls Traditional Dance.

Study Sanctuaries at UCSB

Written by Mayle T. on Monday, 18 March 2013. Posted in Student Life

Study Sanctuaries at UCSB

Everyone needs a place to get away to either study or just hang out. It’s always good to get that needed alone time. I find myself going crazy when I can’t take a moment to relax and enjoy – me! It can get pretty hectic in college, especially when its social central. Friends are always available, which is a great thing, but it’s also important to get your study time in.

Culture Shock: Adjusting to Life as a UCSB Student

Written by Betti G. on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Posted in Student Life

Coming to the University of California Santa Barbara from a small town

Culture Shock: Adjusting to Life as a UCSB Student

Coming to the University of California Santa Barbara was a big change from Greenfield, California. (No one knows where that is so I have to say I’m from Salinas, and if they still don’t know where that is, I end up saying I’m from the Central Coast.)

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