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MAJOR: Environmental Studies
CLASS STANDING: 4th Year
What has been your biggest challenge in adjusting to university life, and how did you overcome that challenge?
The biggest challenge in adjusting to university life was the quarter system. I was used to taking 16-20 unit semesters at my community college, but I quickly realized that it’s very difficult to take that many units on the quarter system. I overcame the transition from semester to quarter by lightening my work load in the first couple quarters. Once I got used to the fast pace, I started adding more classes, work, or volunteering to my schedule.
What are some accomplishments you’ve achieved at UCSB that you’re most proud of thus far?
I am most proud of my independent research project. I was able to receive the Transfer Student Research Award and I will be presenting my findings at the Research Colloquium.
What advice do you have for new transfer students?
Go out to every event you can at first, meet different people and soon you will find a group of people that will fit your niche. Don’t be afraid to go places by yourself either, take this time to learn about yourself and experience things you have always wanted to.
How are the instructors different at UCSB than from your previous college(s)?
The instructors are different in the sense of academic professionalism. Compared to my community college, the professors here are not only instructors but also researchers. Also, Grad students are very helpful when it comes to talking about specific ideas or topics in the class.
Are your classes usually on certain days/times and for how long?
My classes usually run every Monday, Wednesday, Friday or every Tuesday and Thursday. The classes range from 50 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes. I have had sections times that have been 2 hours or longer because it was a lab section or a 5 unit class.