Event Date: 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Event Date Details: 

Student Information

NAME: Victoria

MAJOR: Psychology

MINOR: Applied Psychology


How have you changed from the start of your first quarter here up until now?

The beginning of Fall Quarter I was unsure about calling UCSB my home. I had trouble making friends and felt a little behind being a transfer student because everyone already had their established friend groups. What helped me get past this stage was the TSC; here is where I met my best friend Natalie! Just by making one great friend, it made a dramatic difference. Finally, I had someone to go to events with, grab a bite to eat and just enjoy each other’s company. Since I have been putting myself out there more, I have gained more friendships. Now spring quarter is here, and I’m happier than ever with calling UCSB my home away from home.

How was the transition from semester to quarter system for you? Did you experience Transfer Shock?

Going from semester to quarter system can be challenging for some (okay… maybe most), but it is definitely doable! Personally, I enjoy the quarter system more because classes just fly by, so if you’re in a really hard class, don’t worry it will be over before you know it. On the quarter system, you really have to manage your time, or else you will fall behind. Playing catch up is not fun! Just like everything else along with being a transfer student, everything is new and is going to take some time getting used to. Don’t worry about the quarter system. It will feel like a breeze after the first quarter.

What is your take on UCSB’s “Party School” reputation? 

UCSB has the reputation of being a “Party School”, but personally, it’s not as crazy as everyone thinks. Yes, there are parties happening almost every weekend, but there are strict rules to keep us all safe. We live in the beautiful town of Santa Barbara. Who wouldn’t want to have a little Fiesta every now and then!?

Do you have a car? Do you think it’s necessary to bring a car? What are the options and costs for parking?

Yes, I have a car, but it depends on how busy you are if it’s necessary to bring one. For me personally, I have to have my car because I work off campus, have an internship and babysit. However, it can be a hassle sometimes when there’s NEVER any street parking or when someone takes your assigned spot. I do have a Nights & Weekends parking pass for on campus, but it has certain restrictions (specific lots, weekdays after 5pm, and all day on weekends.) I mainly use this for going to the library late at night or when I want to use the gym.  There’s pros and cons with having a car, but don’t worry. If you don’t bring one, there’s always alternate ways of getting around!

What is your favorite spot to eat in the area?

My favorite spot in the area would hands down have to be Freebirds. I know everyone raves about it. That’s because it’s so delicious! Nachos, tacos, burritos, and tostadas- you can’t go wrong with any of them. It’s close to campus and always sounds good no matter what time of day. Its healthy, right? Beans, rice, chicken, guacamole. So healthy! Or that’s what I’m going to keep telling myself!