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| UCSB is an OUTSTANDING school. There are numerous classes and professors to choose from every quarter. Most professors are good teachers with impressive credentials. They expect a lot from students, especially if you're entering one of the more competitive majors. They don't care if you've been partying all night, they expect high quality work. LET ME WARN YOU, UCSB IS NOT A PARTY SCHOOL. If you come in with this expectation in mind, you'll be flunking out before the academic year is over.|
If you can't study off campus because of noisy neighbors or roommates, UCSB has an outstanding library. A portion of the lower library is open 24/7 if you choose to study all night.
I got into UCLA and chose to attend UCSB instead. I absolutely have no regrets. I loved my academic and social experiences at Santa Barbara. UCSB is not for everyone, the lower division classes can be large and some of the impacted majors can be very rigorous. Regardless of where you go to college, you need to always keep your priorities straight if you're going to succeed. Santa Barbara offers you the best of both worlds - an outstanding and rich academic experience, along with the opportunity to party once in a while with friends you'll never forget. UCSB changed my life in more ways than I ever expected.
|Jan 05 2009|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| Before coming to UCSB I was not sure if i would like going away from L.A. I think now that it has been the best choice I have ever made so far. My experiences have been great and i'm talking about the classes I had,not the parties. I think Santa barbara is a school for everyone. It is a place where u find your true self. U have choices to make and that is the most interesting thing of all. You are surrounded by all kinds of people, it doesnt matter if they are bad because from every bad there is something good out of it and that is just evrywhere.What makes UCSB the best in my opinion is that it makes me feel safe and at home it is some kind of peace that i have never felt before. It all depends on what you want to do and your personality.I'm not so into the party scene,but that doesnt mean that once in a while i dont feel like going somewhere with friends. Everything can be done,just dont drink and drive. Dont drink and have sex. My idea of a good party is dancing,knowing what your doing and having unforgetable memories with friends. Since i just started I do recommend to come and visit,it is a great place to be at. |
|Dec 27 2008|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| I remember checking this site when trying to make my final decision, and being a little worried about some of the comments I saw. I've been a freshman for a few months now, and am so glad that I made the choice to come here.|
The campus is beautiful, the town is beautiful, and every evening I watch the sunset in amazement that I get to live in such a paradise.
I will make the note that the party atmosphere is pretty pervasive, but NOT A NECESSITY. I've been here for a few months now, and I have not been to a SINGLE party or had a SINGLE drink of alcohol. Sure, plenty of people have joked about how I'm "missing out," but I can laugh along with them knowing what they're missing. I've sat on the beach and watched the sunrise. I had a great time at Halloween, seeing the hordes of outlandish costumes roaming the streets. I've made great friends with my floormates, and almost every night you can find us all lounging around the floor lounge, pounding out math homework.
Speaking of dorm living, yes it can be loud at times. However, one of the first things I noticed upon moving in is how incredibly THICK the walls are. You can close your windows and close your door, and that ghetto bass blasting from two doors down is quickly drowned out with some light music. Or you can prop your door open and strum a few notes on the guitar and watch as people wander in just to hang out.
The work is difficult, as expected. We're all here BECAUSE we were the smart ones in high school, so you're expected to be able to keep up. But with that comes the realization that a schedule doesn't have to be an 8-hour block of class in the middle of your day. sprinkle a few classes through out, or do as I did and pack everything into the morning so you're done by noon. The downside to this is that 8am classes are a no-no, as I learned the hard way. 9 is pushing it. I know that's how it's been for the past 18 years. But now that you're setting your own schedule, finishing that paper/card game/beer pong game at 3am is gonna be a lot more of a regular occurrence. All in all, you'll probably find your equilibrium point fairly quickly, and enjoy the rest of your time.And if you find for some reason you aren't enjoying your time, there's a slew of free health/mental health/sexual health/academic/pretty much anything you can imagine counseling available for free and made very easy to access. Personally I'm dealing with a girlfriend who's now a 5-hour train ride away, and it's tough. But I know this amazing place and my experience is worth it. And next year she's trying to transfer here, and then it truly will be a complete paradise.
|Nov 21 2008|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2012 |