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!