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/