Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunsets on the beach

Over the weekend, one of my very best friends, Natalee, came to visit for her birthday. We were roommates last year and every time she comes to town we always try to go out and enjoy our time together. 

I was feeling sick all weekend long, so I was upset that I couldn't go out everyday but on her birthday (which was today, happy nineteenth!) I sucked it up and got out of bed to spend time with her on the beach.

We went to one of our favorite beaches, Hendry's or Arroyo Burro. There's usually a good amount of people there because there is a cool restaurant right on the beach, but it's secluded enough to feel special. You can get there by driving up Cliff Dr, up through the mesa and at the end of the hill, go straight after the stop light and there is a parking lot on the left. 

My roommate Carly and I, we have so much fun together. 
It's separated in half, one side where dogs must be on a leash and the other where doggies can run wild as they please. I love throwing the dogs sticks I find in the sand, but I also love the cool estuary right before the sand. It's a beautiful beach with dogs running around, what more could you possibly ask for!!??

Lazy Acres is great for a fast and healthy dinner!

We went to Lazy Acre's and I made a really yummy dinner; since I'm sick with the cold I went with an herbal soup complimented with a baguette from a local bread company. That's another thing about Santa Barbara; even the grocery stores try to keep things local. 

After dinner we sat down our blankets and watched the sunset from the shore. Tonight's was especially beautiful; watching the Earth revolve around the Sun from Earth's perspective is always a spiritual experience!

Sunsets like this happen everyday, but they're especially beautiful on the beach!
Hendry's beach is a local favorite, people have bonfires, picnics, and dogs can run around without a leash!
Santa Barbara's rocky beaches

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Reunited and it felt so good

"Best friends are people you know you don't need to talk to every single day. You don't even have to talk to each other for weeks, but when you do, it's like you never even stopped talking at all." 

One of the things I've always been thankful to have in my life is my closest friends. I cherish them, because they're there to listen when it seems like the whole world is against you and will do weird things with you that would be even weirder if you did them alone.

Over the weekend, I reunited with my old high school friend, Megan, who I haven't seen in nine months. We used to hang out every single day and, while I've gotten used to having friends all over the world, I can't believe that we have gone that long without seeing each other. 

I cannot deal with how adorable this photo is. 

I played tour guide for her around Santa Barbara (which I love doing) and we spent the weekend in L.A. She goes to school in Portland so it felt so nice to have her here, where it's sunny and there are cultural events everywhere. She's not one to like the heat, but she admitted to me that she loves southern California. :) 

No matter how broke you can be as a college student, I highly suggest you invest in a trip to see your best friend. If you visit each other's college towns, you can see how the other half lives. You can meet back home and revisit places you used to loiter as a teenager, or you could even meet half way. It doesn't matter where you meet or what you do, catching up with old friends is one of those experiences that will always warm your heart; it reminds you of who you were when you were younger and shows you that you're not alone on this crazy journey into adulthood. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Find your Ferris

Have you ever seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off? If you have, then you can understand the dynamics of my friendship with one of my close friends. If you haven't, then you need to close this tab, log into Netflix, and watch it right this minute because that film will change your life.

Yeah, we're pretty cute. :)

That's not the point- the point is that, in my first year, I met my Ferris Bueller. My personality is sort of like Cameron's; I have a desire to go on adventures, but sometimes I tend to be reserved and over think situations, which has caused me to miss out on a lot.

When I started hanging out with Iliana, she would force me (in an encouraging way) to go with her places. Being a year older, she showed my cool lookout points, introduced me to people I now call my friends, and even helped me get a job I was at for a while.

The first year away from home, whether you're at college or a new job, can be tough because you're new to everything. This can be a good thing because nothing's boring, but it's hard when you don't know anyone or what there is to do. I strongly encourage anyone who is new to an environment to make friends with people they'd never think of talking to. Especially in college, because everyone has a story to tell and they're usually in the same age group or have similar interests.

So, if you're scared about not knowing anyone just know you're not alone and that if you take the initiative and invite someone out to coffee, maybe you'll find your Ferris, someone who will take you on adventures but also provide emotional support (something that can be hard to find in your first year of college). I know it can be tough, but take a chance!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Return of the Blogger!

Here I am in my second year at SBCC, ready to take on adventures, meet new people, and learn more about myself in the process!

Nothing but sunshine!

I stayed in Santa Barbara over the summer and it was the best decision I could have made for myself at this time in my life. I moved two times, got a new job that I am really happy at, made some interesting friends, and reunited with some old when I went back to Idaho for a week.

I grew a lot this summer, but the greatest reward I got out of it was a feeling of responsibility; I worked almost full time, paid my own rent, and even took an astronomy lab (If you still have to take a science lab, I strongly recommend the astronomy section; it is so neat observing the summer sky and people find it super interesting when you can point out the constellations at bonfires).

Working almost every day got a little too comfortable, so I am really happy to be back in school. This semester I am taking Philosophy, Art History, Women's History, and Sociology. None of these classes are in my major, but after this semester I should be almost finished with the requirements for transfer and that is really exciting!

This should be an interesting semester and if you want to see me as the semester progresses follow up on my weekly blog posts. Good luck to everyone starting school this fall!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The infamous Isla Vista

What started out as a party turned into a riot in Isla Vista Saturday.

I'm both shocked and embarrassed that this event happened in the Santa Barbara community. The riot has been covered everywhere, from the  Santa Barbara Independent to CNN, and everyone is talking about it. 

I had to tell my family that I wasn't there and that I was okay, but it embarrasses me that something so juvenile and violent had to happen here.

A lot of college students visit Isla Vista with the idea of a party mecca, where kegs are at every house and DJs play music off ocean backdrops. Sure, I.V. is a party place, but the students who live there are respectful of each other and don't try to start fights with law enforcement, which sparked the riot.

I think it's sad that I.V's reputation has stained that of UCSB and SBCC. Ragers aren't the only people who attend these schools; the community of students in Santa Barbara is full of talented and hard-working people.

Isla Vista is a community of students who care about their home. There is an adorable downtown with local restaurants and even a Food Co-op.

I don't want any prospective students to be scared of coming to SBCC for I.V's part scene. Sure, it's fun and has the college experience, but SBCC is only a party if that's what you want. I know people who will change the world that started at this community college.

This is your college experience; be safe and make your decisions based off your personal judgements and you'll have a blast.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Expectations and Experiences

Before starting something new, whether it be a job or school, you hold expectations. Questions arise and can cause anxiety making you second guess your decision to embark on a new journey. 

The last couple months before I moved to Santa Barbara, a lot of thoughts ran through my head:
    • What will my professors be like?
    • Will I like my classes?
    •  How is the student body, will I make any friends?
    • What if I don't like the campus or the area?
I'm sure every prospective college student has similar worries, and it' s perfectly normal to have them. I've found that my experience at S.B.C.C has had both its ups and downs. 

When I first moved here I didn't have many friends, but that quickly changed when my roommates and I started bonding and when I met people in my classes. That's another thing-one of the best ways to meet people here is to talk to them in class. You can also meet people through clubs and a job, Santa Barbara is a total college town so meeting people your age is not hard at all. 

I've had both bad and good professors. The good ones were funny and made me love subjects that I thought I hated (I'm looking at you, math). The bad ones made me uninterested in the class and I just had to sit through the class. You'll find a range of professors from bad to good on any campus, but a strong majority of my friends agree that we've really liked our professors so far. A lot of them have experience in their field, my film studies teacher worked in screenwriting and my journalism professor used to work for a newspaper. 

In high school I found myself in the counselor's office seeking advice a lot. At S.B.C.C, there is a way, way, way larger student population so finding that one on one help is harder. I've had counselors that have told me I needed a major to prepare for transfer (this is true, but I wasn't about to pick a major my first week of college!) and I've had others who have helped me plan my schedule so that I can explore majors yet still fulfill requirements for I.G.E.T.C. It all depends on who you talk to, but I have had to do research on my own and counsel myself a few times.

I was also worried about the party reputation at U.C.S.B., but S.B.C.C. is only a party school if you want that. That's the biggest surprise I've experienced in Santa Barbara; there is so much culture here that if you don't want to party, you don't have to to make friends or have fun. 

I wasn't sure I'd fit in with Santa Barbara, but moving here has really changed my mind. I love this city, school, and all the people I've met here have only heightened the experience. I knew it would be beautiful, though, and the pictures don't give it justice, come visit and see for yourself!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Misterms, quizzes, and projects! Oh my!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to apologize for the lack of posts this week. My schedule is jam-packed with midterms, quizzes, and projects!

Next week is spring break and I am so excited to have some time off to work on my projects (a.k.a not doing them the night before) and final papers. I'm staying in the Santa Barbara area and will blog about anything exciting happening!

College midterms are crazy, but they're not as bad as finals. Here are some studying tips I've learned this past week:

  • Study with friends! If other people are doing it, you'll feel more inclined to do the same, even if they aren't studying the same subject. Sometimes that's better, because then you'll have less opportunity to talk and get distracted. 
  • Find a study spot. I like to go to the Luria Library, but when I need coffee and environment, I head to my favorite shops downtown. A few gems are Hot Spots, Santa Barbara Roasting Company, and Good Cup.
  • Visit tutors. I probably wouldn't have passed Italian 101 last semester if it weren't for my tutor. They are extremely helpful and most of them are around your age, so they're not intimidating!
  • Have fun!! I find I study best when I make my homework a challenge. When I am trying to remember something, I recite it to my roommates. 
There are countless ways to study, just find your niche and you'll feel a thousand times more confident while taking tests.