So who was so confused when filling out their housing applications when it came to the community living floors? Or had their family or friends looking over their shoulder when it came to your preferences? I know I did, but I drew the line at letting them decide where I was going to live my first year. My first choice was to live on the girls scholars floor in Anacapa. Guess what? I GOT MY FIRST CHOICE! Housing actually pays close attention to those decisions you make on your housing application so don’t fill it out based on anybody’s choices but your own.
My floor became some of my best friends. The girls I’d call for help on homework or to join me for a night in Isla Vista. Your floor mates are so important to your college decision, so don’t miss out on the great opportunity of community living floors. There are so many to choose from it is crazy! You may decide to be in one or not, but I wouldn’t make that decision without really investigating your options. For instance I thought living on the scholars floor meant 24/7 studying. I was wrong. It meant constant support, crazy nights, trips to the zoo, and camping as a weekend trip.
If you’re interested in meeting some friends that have similar interests and would live at the most 30 seconds from you, follow this link and read up on your options! https://appl.housing.ucsb.edu/contracts/living_learning_communities.pdf
You won’t regret it, and who knows you may even find your best friends! Just like I did, and many others before me!
So the time is here. You spent your summer binging on Netflix, or going to Europe, or something amazing in between. Now you have to pack up all your belongings with family and friends and drive to UCSB. It took me three days to drive here from Georgia, but I know some people only live a couple hours away. Either way the drive, plane, or train ride to the campus is going to be an adventure of a lifetime. You’ll receive your move in date and time slot (and freak out because how in the world are you supposed to move everything into your room in a couple hours?) Don’t worry! You can unpack everything out of your car in 15 minutes, which is the amount of time you have to get everything out of your car so that the car line can move. I suggest packing everything in boxes and being as organized as possible. This will make the move from the car line to unpacking in your room less stressful!
My advice. DON’T STRESS. Everyone on move-in day weekend is going through the same nerve wrecking thing. The great thing about move-in day is that campus staff has everything set up for you and will welcome you with food, music, and a bunch of excitement! (My first year I received delicious cookies.) So while my parents were facing empty nest syndrome, I was having the time of my life surrounded by the beautiful weather, cookies, and staff that made me feel safe. I remember freaking out and wondering how I was going to make friends. I was out of state, had a different accent, and felt like I stuck out from everyone else that had friends from their high school with them. What I didn’t know is that I was WRONG!
This is the time where everyone is friendly so don’t be afraid to join a group of people playing volleyball or sit with a group of people at the dining commons. The beautiful campus and the friendly people will make the transition into a college student much easier. Here are some tips that helped me during my Move-In Weekend:
1. Meet your RA (they are your first friend at UCSB and they haven’t even met you yet)
2. Get to know your floor mates, because they just might become your life long friends.
3. Trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, it probably is.
4. Trust your own decisions, it has gotten you this far.
5. Don’t be afraid to try something new or out of your comfort zone. It just might be the best decision you ever made.
Don’t forget to pack the following items!
The residence hall will be your home for 9 months so bring whatever makes you comfortable and at home. This gives you the chance to make your room more comfortable & personal!
You’re a GAUCHO now, so what should you expect your first year?
Challenges, personal growth, awesome memories, friends that become family, amazing opportunities & so much more!
People are so repetitive about what college is like: difficult, challenging, rigorous, a lot of homework, a lot
of reading, a lot of freedom, no one is telling you what to do, I’m sure you’ve heard all the clichés. But they hardly talk about how amazing, rewarding, fun, all the opportunities, friends, & memories you’ll have & that’s what they should be talking about!
It’s okay to be nervous about becoming a college student. But remember that you are not the only one that
feels this way and there will always be people there to help you.
You will be challenged both inside the classroom & outside but overcoming these challenges will help build you both as a student & an individual. You will meet people from places you never heard of but talking to these people will help you see through a different perspective. You might have roommate conflict but there will be a solution. You may struggle academically but there are resources to help you. You might get distracted from school but that’s how you learn to be responsible & prioritize. You will get stressed but finding healthy ways to
overcome stress will help you succeed. You might fail a midterm, final, or class but that DOES NOT mean that you will fail out of college, but it also does not mean to keep failing learn from your mistake & make improvements. Being a GAUCHO means having a successful academic, social,& personal life. The key to succeeding is time management. Classes, work, homework, friends, & everything else it can be a lot especially as you transition out of high school & into UCSB, but it is not impossible. Learn to manage your time responsibly. Your first year will be the year you explore: campus, classes, majors, living in the residence halls, maybe even living in IV, & so much more! Your first year will be a time of excitement & learning. make the most of it but always remember why you came here.
Learn, live, be young, but be responsible!
Resources to help you succeed:
Resident Assistants (RAs)
Life of the Party: http://lifeoftheparty.sa.ucsb.edu/
CLAS (free tutoring): http://clas.sa.ucsb.edu/
Multicultural Center: http://mcc.sa.ucsb.edu/
Student Resource Building: http://www.sa.ucsb.edu/srb/
Financial aid: http://www.finaid.ucsb.edu/
Welcome to the family GAUCHOS!
You made the right decision; you are going to LOVEEE UCSB! I’m Samantha Ixquiack a second year Sociology & Global Studies double major. I’m originally from Colton, CA, a little valley in the San Bernardino county (SOCAL all day). I love UCSB so much that I’m currently spending my summer at UCSB doing an internship with RHA (RHA= the student body of the Residence Halls) & loving every minute of it! If you ever have ANY questions about me, UCSB, IV, classes, or anything ASK ME! I just finished my first year and I KNOW how it feels but I’m here to guide you in the right direction. This blog is meant to help you! I’m here to help make your transition into college easier in any way I can. Pleassssee askkkk meee!
As a UCSB student, I will always be honest about what college life is like and my experiences at UCSB both good & bad. Not too long ago I felt the same things you are feeling now. I honestly LOVE UCSB and I cannot see myself anywhere else! I believe you will grow to feel the same. My first year was amazing & I know that your first year will be just as amazing or better! It’s OK to be scared and nervous I definitely was. But I was welcomed by a caring staff, a beautiful community, & friendly people that became my UCSB family.
I will post two blogs every week during the summer! Feel free to ask questions or make comments and I will do my best to answer them. Please don’t hesitate to ask me anything (appropriate)! I look forward to hearing from
you, enjoy the rest of your summer & get ready for UCSB my fellow GAUCHOS!