Why choose UCSB?
As a UC Santa Barbara (UCSB) alumnus, you may think that this post is going to be biased… and it most definitely is! I went there and from my lived experience I would proudly claim this school as the best most well-rounded university in California. Ok, maybe the world haha.
All jokes aside, my undergraduate experience was amazing. The UCSB campus is exquisite. Aside from the beautiful beaches, awesome architecture and amazing people, there’s a rich history and heritage that engulfs the environment.
The programs offered at UCSB are not to be overlooked. From courses and research projects ran by extraordinary faculty, which includes Nobel Prize winners (YES, I said Nobel Prize winners), to top-ranked departments such as the Computer Science department. My first three years at UCSB, I was declared a Computer science major, so I can attest to the rigorous and well-rounded courses. However, I switched majors and completed my undergrad journey with a BS Statistical science degree and a minor in Philosophy… An unusual combination, I KNOW!
Ok but this is all well and good, every school will claim to have a beautiful campus and great curriculum, what else does UCSB have to offer? Honestly, there’s a whole array of things including great study abroad programs, extra curriculum activities and sporting teams, an awesome soccer team, and the list goes on. I would like to speak strictly from experience, and what made UCSB such a great experience was the people.
UCSB has a way of creating a cool, friendly, and well-balanced environment between academics and social networking. Although UCSB is known for its crazy party scene, with major contributions from the social fraternities, students of UCSB quickly learn and adapt to the discipline, time management skills, and dedication needed to be successful in all aspects of life. As a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. I understand why frat members get a reputation for parties, but what doesn’t get as much press is the GPA requirements, community service requirements, and student leadership initiatives needed to be considered an official fraternity within the school guidelines. Point being, UCSB students know how to party and make life long friends while still excelling academically. The school and its environment not only creates scholars but effective community leaders as well.
I wasn’t sure if I wanted to discuss the latest tragedy suffered by UCSB students, alumni, and affiliates, but I believe it only shows the deep connection and pride Gauchos have to their alma mater. When the massacre of May 23, 2014, happened I bore witness to the support on social media and all the student and local community movements in support of the communal healing. Endless support and love went out to the families of those who passed as well as a beautiful display of strength for those who fell victim to the attack.
Essentially UCSB is home to intelligent, social, inspiring, courageous, talented and every other positive adjective you can think of, people. I will forever be thankful for the experience that has made me a proud Gaucho.
[avatar user=”firstname.lastname@example.org” size=”thumbnail” align=”left”]Dewey M. James, MIS is the author of this post.[/avatar]