Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

Written by Brendan L. on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Student Life

Conservation is Critical to Extending Santa Barbara County's Water Supply

On January 17th, 2014 it was declared that California was in a state of emergency caused by drought. California's Governor has asked all residents to reduce their water use. Santa Barbara County has joined the State in declaring a drought emergency and has asked for a 20% reduction in water usage.

Coinciding with the State's and the County's efforts, we ask you to please be mindful of your water usage. We appreciate your personal efforts in helping our community reduce our water use as a whole.

How to Drink Healthier at Starbucks

Written by Christine Skari on Friday, 06 December 2013. Posted in Student Life

How to Drink Healthier at Starbucks

If you’re like me, nothing screams comfort more than a hot Starbucks drink on a chilly day.

One thing I’m not the hugest fan of, though, is the amount of fat, sugar, and calories that tempt me on the menu when I’m ordering. While I definitely treat myself to unhealthy drinks occasionally, I try to make a habit of ordering lighter items most of the times so that the only thing getting damaged is my wallet!

Since the weather is getting cooler and finals are approaching, I think that we all could use a guide to which Starbucks drinks provide a winning combination of flavor and healthier nutritional stats!

Cross Enrollment Information

on Monday, 02 December 2013. Posted in Student Life

Cross Enrollment Information

Tropicana hosted a fantastic Cross Enrollment seminar, presented by the helpful and knowledgeable counselors from the SBCC career center. Cross Enrollment allows SBCC and UCSB peers to unite in an academic setting as City College students work towards their transfer goals. As a transfer student myself, I thought I had seen most opportunities that were offered for those attending a community college. Cross Enrollment was a surprising new opportunity that I did not have at my community college in my home town. This goes to show what a unique opportunity students have at Santa Barbara City College, the #1 Community College in the Nation!

 

Getting Around: Tropicana’s Tips for Day-to-Day Transportation

Written by Carolyn B. on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

Getting Around: Tropicana’s Tips for Day-to-Day Transportation

Throughout high school, I had my “independence baby steps,” aka little things to prove to myself, and my parents, that I would be able to take care of myself as an adult. Little things like cooking for myself, doing my own laundry, obtaining a job, and the big one—driving. I think the first thing I did when I got my license was book it to American Apparel to buy a top I’d been eying. But who could blame me? I had a car, I had my freedom!

What’s Included in your Tropicana Gardens Residence Hall Suite & What to Bring

Written by Carolyn B. on Tuesday, 09 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

There are many things that you won’t have to worry about schlepping when moving into your Tropicana Gardens suite. Trop outfits your bedroom with a mattress and bed frame (it’s a Twin XL) as well as a dresser, desk and chair. The living room is furnished with a couch, chair and tables plus a bookshelf. You may want to bring a rug, pillows and posters to personalize your space, but the living room is ready to go. I do suggest a door mat for wiping the sand off your feet after returning from the beach! A microwave is going to come in handy for those late nights where all you want to eat is your cup of ramen. You’ll probably want to bring a TV, but work that out with your roommates in advance to decide who will bring it.

Five Ways TEMPO Can Make Your Stay at Tropicana THAT Much Better

Written by Carolyn B. on Tuesday, 02 July 2013. Posted in Student Life

Leaving for college is such a love-hate relationship. On one hand you’re like, “Get me out of here! I can’t take this place anymore! I’m ready for my next adventure!” But on the other hand you’re saying to yourself, “Wait! What do you mean I have to leave, and be on my own, and be without my mom? I’m not ready. Please don’t make me go”.

When I was heading for college my freshmen year, I had spent the entire summer working at my local theater. I had only taken two weeks off, one to participate in a sleep away camp (my first, I might add), and the other was the week before I left for Santa Barbara. However, it was a decision of how I would spend that final week. I had the option of using it to have one last hurrah with my friends, saying my final goodbyes, and celebrating my birthday with my family. The other option was moving to Trop, my home for the next year, a week early to settle in, get to know people who would be my friends, and get myself acquainted with beautiful Santa Barbara. I opted to stay home to say my farewells.

At the time it seemed like the better choice. Shortly after arriving to college, however, I realized I had chosen poorly.

Top 25 Things To Do In Santa Barbara

Written by Harmony H. on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in Student Life

Here are links to some really fun things to do in Santa Barbara and Goleta to keep your college life filled with adventure and beautiful sights!

  1. Kayaking: http://www.sbsail.com/kayaking.html
  2. Hiking: http://www.santabarbarahikes.com
  3. Jet Skiing: http://www.sbjetboats.com

My Favorite Restaurants & Cafés in Isla Vista

Written by Harmony H. on Monday, 20 May 2013. Posted in Student Life

Whether you want some late-night munchies, or just a change of scenery from the Trop cafeteria once in a while, Isla Vista has a plethora of eateries in its two square miles. Hit up these places in IV for something different and delicious.

  1. Blenders in The Grass: Blenders is known for having the most delicious smoothies!  They are a bit expensive at around five dollars a smoothie, but it’s worth it for an occasional treat. 6560 Pardall Road

5 Ways to Stay Organized In College

Written by Carolyn B. on Monday, 06 May 2013. Posted in Student Life

1. Get a Planner.
The SBCC campus bookstore has many different planner options, one of which is the official SBCC planner which has all of the school’s important dates in it. It’s perfect for pulling out during class to write down the due dates of homework assignments or projects.

your whiteboard!

First Impressions of an SBCC Freshman

Written by Harmony H. on Friday, 09 November 2012. Posted in Student Life

First Impressions of an SBCC Freshman

It's my first year in college and my experience so far has been incredible. The past few months have been filled with meeting new people, beach volleyball games, epic ping pong tournaments, biking around Isla Vista, and much more.  As a freshman, I didn't know what to expect when moving to Isla Vista because of its party reputation. Trop's location is perfect because it is sort of on the outskirts of IV, so it's not too caught up in the craziness of the party scene. You can walk five minutes to Starbucks, Freebirds, Woodstock's Pizza, you name it.  I personally recommend Blenders smoothies and Silver Greens, which are both pretty healthy and so very yummy!

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Come for a Tour

Come by anytime between 10:00am and 5:30pm to tour the property and see if Tropicana Gardens is the right place for you!

PARKING: Visitor parking can be found in the back of Tropicana Gardens in spaces 56 and 57. Please park in the spaces marked Visitor and note the number of your parking space. We'll be happy to issue a parking pass while you visit our communities!