Your RAs

Your Resident Assistants (RAs) are UCSB students who are trained for over eight weeks to assist you with many of your day-to-day needs and college survival skills. RAs wear a lot of hats. They are a “been-there, done-that” source of information about UCSB and the community. They are our community’s “cruise directors,” planning social, recreational and educational events. They work with residents to create a study-friendly atmosphere.

Rony, Resident Director

Rony comes from the beautiful country of Guatemala. He will be transitioning to Santa Barbara as a transfer student and is excited to contribute all his expertise, knowledge and educational wealth to the community of Tropicana. Rony loves to dance, walk by the beach, listen to musica en español, read and help the community. He loves to build communities and is a strong social justice advocate. Rony is very passionate and enjoys to build meaning relationships with members of the community. Fun fact about Rony: He loves to do car karaoke! Rony is very excited about his new journey and his contribution to the Res life at Tropicana Del Norte.

Matt, 1st Floor

Matt hails from Sonoma County, CA. He is a 3rd year biopsychology major who is extremely stoked for another outrageous year at UCSB. Matt is a member of UCSB's 6-time national champion ultimate frisbee team, the Black Tide. When he is not tossing a disc, you can find Matt surfing, hiking, camping, and climbing. If you are ever looking for a buddy to paddle out with or a partner to belay you at the climbing wall, give Matt a shout. Feel free to stop by with any pre-medical questions or concerns pertaining to scheduling, courses, and the application process.

Maren, 2nd Floor

Maren is a third year at UCSB majoring in Global Studies and minoring in Professional Writing. She grew up in the busy city of Washington D.C and while she loves cities, Maren also enjoys the outdoors. In her free time, you can often find her running, hiking, swimming, biking, in pottery class, and hanging with friends. Maren is excited about being a Trop RA and looks forward to meeting you!

Juliza, 2nd Floor

Juliza is a second year Environmental Studies Major. She was raised in Downey, California. She enjoys going to the beach, going to concerts, playing soccer, and her favorite- taking naps!

Ben, 2nd Floor

Ben is a Junior at UCSB who currently studies Biological Anthropology and is in the process of working on his NASM certification (personal training). Afterwards, he plans to attend business school and become heavily involved in the fitness industry. He enjoys watching mixed martial arts competitions, along with playing guitar in his spare time, He's also a huge fan of Game of Thrones and Star Wars. 

Brian, 3rd Floor

Ever heard of Disneyland and Hollywood? Well Brian is from Whittier, Ca which is right in between both.  So I guess you can say he lives the best of both worlds!  Brian is second year here at UCSB, and he's a double major in Communication and Sociology.  He loves eating all the time even though it might not seem like it, but he does! Brian loves going on random adventures, but he also loves staying in and watching any type of movies, especially scary ones!  He's super energetic and very well rounded.  If you ever need any type of help...he's there for you! 

Gabriella, 3rd Floor 

Straight from the "Gateway to Yosemite", in the Central Valley, is Gabriella from Merced, California! Gabriella is a second year student at UCSB majoring in Sociology, minoring in Global Peace and Security, and working towards the Technology and Management Program certificate. After her time at UCSB, she plans to attend Law School to further her education. She is very passionate about music, sports, books, people, and God! During her free time she loves interacting with animals, singing, dancing, exploring nature, going on adventures, watching TV/movies, going to the beach, and having fun! She loves meeting new people, making more friends, sharing laughs, and spreading happiness! Feel free to talk to her anytime!

George, 3rd Floor 

George comes from the small town of Granada Hills in the San Fernando Valley. He is beginning his second year as a Global Studies and Economics double major at UCSB. A few of his hobbies include bike riding, studying different languages (mainly Japanese), and trying new foods. But above all, he loves tea, so join him for a cup!

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!