- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Biology
- Gender: F
- High School: Aragon High School
- Transfer Student: N
The best thing about UCSB is all the opportunities available and that are easily accessible. And just about all the professors are great! The academics are challenging and you are never bored! I think the size of UCSB is just right--not too big, not too small. UCSB is definitely located in a "college town," and I think everyone has a lot of school pride, but not so much because of academics or sports, but because of our "party-school" reputation.
With my experience so far as a major in the sciences, I find that students are rather competitive (in a healthy way!). I don't encounter many intellectual conversations outside of class among the undergrads, though I am aware that the people within the math and sciences tend to study a good amount. There's a lot of people I know who are in less rigorous majors who do not have to study as much. I've gone to office hours for professors, though I have never attended regularly. I feel the education at UCSB is definitely geared toward learning for its sake. If you want an excellent education, you can most definitely achieve that at UCSB. But if you think "C's get degrees," and that's all you want/need, then you can achieve that here too.
I've had interactions with all kinds of students of different races, religions, sexual orientations, and socio-economic situations, though I feel that UCSB is not as diverse as I hoped it would be. I feel like UCSB has a lot of your stereotypical blonde, sorority so-cal chick and ass-hole frat boys. Don't get me wrong--- there's a lot of interesting awesome people here, and I've met so many people that I hope I can keep in touch with for the rest of my life, but this is definitely that stereotypical campus with the beach, babes, and booze.
The Best Things
There's so much to do! There's something for everybody!
The Worst Things
That alcohol seems to be the center of the social atmosphere here.