Meet Your RAs

Your Resident Assistants (RAs) are UCSB and SBCC 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, SBCC and the community. They are our community’s “cruise directors,” planning social, recreational and educational events. They also help keep the peace, so you have a study-friendly atmosphere.

David Wade

What’s up guys. My name is David Wade. I’m a 3rd year Chem major at SBCC who loves to swim, play water polo, and game. I’m really excited to get to meet all my residents and give them amazing experiences even during these unique times. I sincerely hope to make the most of your stay here.

Bem Adnew

Hey everyone my name is Bem Adnew. I’m a third year Political Science major at UCSB and I’m excited to finally be on campus and meet everyone! I like to play basketball, running, and just hanging out. If you have any questions about Tropicana or just want to talk don’t hesitate to reach out to me.


Jasmin Dao

Hi everyone! My name is Jasmin Dao and I am a fourth-year at UCSB. I am majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Education, pursuing nursing. I really enjoy listening to music and watching reality tv shows, so if you ever want to talk about your picks for the next bachelor please do! When you see me around, please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions. I am here for you and can’t wait to create some fun memories this year:)

Anaztajia Elemen

Hey everyone!! My name is Anaztajia Elemen, this year is going to be my 2nd year at SBCC. I’m majoring in Administration of Justice. I love to play sports, listen to music, play video games, and just be around people most of all. I’m excited to kick this year off, and help you have a smooth transition into your new chapter in life. I can’t wait to meet every single one of you!

Grace Gonzales

Hi everyone!! My name is Grace and I am so so so stoked to be an RA this year! I am a third year poli sci major at UCSB and I would like to (hopefully) go to law school after I finish undergrad. I also work at Santa Barbara Golf Club, so if you ever wanna golf let me know! When I’m not at Trop or SBCC you can catch me relaxing at the beach- I love anything water related- swimming, surfing, water polo, etc. The only thing I love more than Isla Vista is coffee- so feel free to ask me for directions or my favorite coffee spots. Can’t wait for this year!

Sage Gunthner

Hey everyone! My name is Sage and I am a senior at UCSB studying sociology and education! My plans are to become a special education teacher. I am so excited to meet all of you and support you, and most importantly make this an unforgettable year! My hobbies include, going to the beach, shopping downtown, working out, and most importantly having fun! I can’t wait to have a fun, but safe year here at Tropicana Del Norte!

Juan Medina

Hello there! My name is Juan Medina. I’m a 3rd year CCS biology major at UCSB. I love to play basketball, workout, travel, read comics, and, overall, just have good times and make lasting memories with others. I’m excited to meet our residents and do my best to foster a safe, welcoming environment for everyone. Feel free to always reach out to me for anything!

Jonathan Ya

Hey y’all! My name is Jonathan and I’m currently a third year Communication major at UCSB. My goal for this year is to help you all feel confident and prepared for navigating through both your college and Tropicana experience! I’m looking forward to creating a safe and fun community for us all to be involved in. In my free time I enjoy playing and watching basketball, going running, acting in theatrical productions, and going out with my friends. Feel free to reach out at any time, I’m always down for a good conversation!