When I first arrived at UCSB I was intimidated by the size of campus but then I was calmed by the amazing view. Like most first year students, I was nervous and kept thinking I was going to get lost the first day. Now that a year has past, I am familiar with most places on campus there are still a couple place I need to find. However, it didn’t take me an entire year to familiarize myself with the campus. UCSB is big but it is not difficult to learn where things are located. After doing FSSP for six weeks I got the hang of things and I knew where most places on campus where. For those of you who attended orientation, you were introduced to many popular places on campus. However, as the school year begins you will become more aware of how big campus is and how many other places there is to discover. Your first year you will find that you’ll have many classes in: Campbell Hall, the IV Theater, the Human Social Sciences Building (HSSB), Phelps, and the Chemistry Building. Your first year there will be many buildings you will spend a lot of time at including: the UCen, the Arbor, the Davidson Library, the Financial Aid Office, the Student Resource Building (SRB), and your residence hall. However, there are also many places on campus that you will spend time at just to hang out and relax including: Campus Point, the lagoon, the Labyrinth, the San Migolos Lawn, the Chi-Five lawns, and StrokePlaza/Stroke Tower. It is crucially important that you know where things are located because these are resources that are meant to help you succeed.
The best ways to get to know campus is:
· Walking around campus before your first day of class
· Getting a map of campus and studying it
· Asking where things are located before class begins
· Asking Resident Assistants (RAs) & Desk Assistants (DAs) for help
· ATTEND THE SCAVEGER HUNT DURING WEEK OF WELCOME!!!
Once, the school year begins, you'll get the hang of it! But if you need help locating something on campus, ask!
Picking classes your first year is one of the CRAZIEST academic experiences you will encounter when attending college in general. Here at UCSB we have what are known as pass-times, or times where you are able to go on Gold and select your classes. My first quarter I knew I wanted to get a feel for a couple different departments so I took a class from Anthropology, Classics, and Art History Department. Nobody really told me what to expect from the classes that I chose. Now I can look back on all the cool interesting classes and seminars that fill General Education requirements, and they’re only offered to first years! Going back I would have taken advantage of this opportunity because of the amazing topics that are offered.
I sent out a Facebook Post asking my friends what exclusive (or fun) first year classes they took. Reading their responses made me want to go back! I mean WOW, you can see for yourself in the responses below if these amazing courses could be in your future!
Brittany Daley: I was a co leader for ED 20 and I wish I would have taken that my first year! You meet awesome people and know so many resources and key people on campus after the course!
Lexi Pettis: Freshman seminars with Relvin! He brings pizza!!
Erika Martinez: Theater 5! You get to break out of your comfort zone, and you meet a bunch of people
Nancy Yang: Art 7A, i think it's spring quarter only. Fulfills an art req and is an all around amazing class, small sections, a lot of day to day work (in terms of group projects...maintaining a blog) but you get close with people in your class : )
Amy Shavinsky: I took this awesome freshman seminar but I don't know if it's there anymore... it was on the prison system and we toured the county jail and talked to people who were trying to change their life around after being locked up. It was a great look at social issues in the community.
Residential Dining Services is committed to providing a wide variety of fresh, healthy, and high quality food. We have four dining commons on campus and each location offers something different, allowing you to choose what you like best.
Carrillo Dining Commons is located near the lagoon and Isla Vista. Carrillo is well known for its wood stone pizza oven, Mongolian grill, and fantastic salad bar. Enjoy eating outside under the stars any night of the week.
De La Guerra Dining Commons, also known to locals as “DLG,” is famous for being a part of singer Jack Johnson’s song “Bubble Toes.” In addition to being famous, DLG provides diners with many options from its taqueria, grill, and stir fry stations. If you are a night owl then DLG is the place for you. In addition to being open for lunch and dinner, DLG offers a late night meal period.
Ortega Dining Commons is THE place for a morning meet up with friends. It is recognized for having great breakfast selections, from their homemade granola to their made-to order omelets. Ortega provides great lagoon-side dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although known for its home-style cooking, Ortega offers daily options that include pizza, paninis, sushi, and specialty salads.
Portola Dining Commons is located at Santa Catalina Residence Hall and is located adjacent to an Olympic size swimming pool, giving residents a wonderful view while eating. Portola is known for its festive holiday atmosphere, whether it’s transforming itself into a haunted house at Halloween or serving up romantic desserts for Valentine’s Day.
What to look for during the year?
The dining commons host various events throughout the year. Look forward to some of the following events:
Each dining commons offers a theme meal per quarter. Past theme meals from last year include a Night in Italy at Ortega, Medieval Feast at Portola, Bourbon Street meal for Fat-Tuesday at Carrillo, and an Asian inspired theme meal at De La Guerra.
DLG, Carrillo, and Ortega participate in one Green Monday per quarter. A Green Monday offers diners with a vegetarian menu. We participate in this event to raise awareness about personal health and protecting the environment by foregoing meat.
During the academic year, the dining commons participate in various events including Sustainability Week, Sustainable Seafood Day, Nutrition Week, and Earth Day. During these events students can learn about sustainable and nutritional initiatives. Students can also partake in various activities and earn prizes.
Want to prevent the freshman 15? Well, thankfully that is a myth, but if you are interested in eating mindfully in the dining commons, we have a program just for you. NetNutrition is a nutrition analysis program that lets you view the nutrition labels of all the food offered in the dining commons. But we know that sometimes your schedule might make it difficult to always find the right options. Don’t worry we gaucho back. Our Gaucho Bright program offers you nutritious options. Gaucho Bright is two parts- Gaucho Bright Bite and Gaucho Bright Meal. Gaucho Bright Bite identifies the brightest (healthiest) option for you, while Gaucho Bright Meal recommends an entire meal. You can find both options on NetNutrition.
Interested in reading more about nutrition? Check out Residential Dining’s Dietitian blog- Danielle’s Bread & a Bit of Butter. Learn about healthy eating, current fads, and diets. To get the 411 on theme meals, tasting tables, special events, nutrition tips and more, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!
Isla Vista, more commonly known as IV,
is a small college town outside of UCSB. You will quickly learn that IV has its own culture and is a huge part of the UCSB community. Isla Vista is home to many UCSB students, awesome restaurants, coffee shops, and of course our beautiful beach. When you walk down the streets
of IV, you’ll find yourself surrounded by bike traffic as students rush to class or as they return from class, the sound of laughter and conversation, the smell of amazing food, and the feeling of infinite youth. Even if you don’t live in
IV, you might find yourself spending a lot of time there. Some of the most popular restaurants in Isla Vista include: Free Birds, Hana Kitchen, the IV Deli Market, Woodstock’s Pizza, & Blenders. But almost any restaurant you go to in IV is pretty popular and appetizing.
So you’re all excited about attending UCSB, but do you really know everything it has to offer? I refer to them as the ‘Hidden Treasures’ of UCSB. It’s not that they are hidden exactly, or and you won’t get lost on the way there. It’s more that the first quarter of your first year is so crucial you tend to overlook the amazing services offered on our beautiful campus. I’m going to name a handful of resources I think are amazing and you should take advantage of! Here we go:
CAPS- Counseling and Psychological Services. Man that kind of sounds intimidating, well don’t worry because as soon as you see the light pink building and meet their amazing staff you won’t have a worry in your mind. CAPS is available to all students and they do all types of counseling! Here’s the link in case you want to check them out further: http://caps.sa.ucsb.edu
NOW for the secret that is going to save you during your most stressful times in college: Massage Chairs and Egg Chair. Yes I did say massage and egg chair. Now you’re probably thinking what is this Egg Chair? Let me tell you, it is one of my favorite things at this campus. There are vibrations and scientific things about this chair that make 15 minutes seem like you slept for five hours. (I can personally say this because I used this in between finals and after procrastinating a 10 page paper.) You may have to wait in line but it is worth the wait!
CLAS- It stands for Campus Learning Assistance Services! It will save your grades, papers, and research. CLAS is on the 3rd floor of the Student Resource Building and they will help you with homework, they have they tutor in language and edit papers! Personally my favorite is CLAS for General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry. Here’s their link as well! http://clas.sa.ucsb.edu
Women’s Center- So the title obviously sounds like ‘No Boys Are Allowed’ but in reality this place is a little piece of heaven! They also have a massage chair. (It has an after workout setting that has you leaving their office like jello!) They also have this mini-library that is perfect for studying in. They also have vegan condoms, feminine products, and a humidity condom protector. I’m not kidding, this place is on the 1st floor of the SRB and may just become your favorite place on campus. Here is there website! http://wgse.sa.ucsb.edu/women/