Your RAs



Your Resident Assistants (RAs) are SBCC students who are trained for over eight weeks to assist you with many of your day-to-day needs and college survival skills. RAs wear a lot of hats. They are a “been-there, done-that” source of information about SBCC and the community. They are our community’s “cruise directors,” planning social, recreational and educational events. They also help keep the peace, so you have a study-friendly atmosphere.


Ocean Side

Pierre, Barbados Quad, Resident Director

Pierre is going into his third year at SBCC where he is an Economic and Business major. Born and raised in Paris, Pierre is very friendly and enjoys meeting new people around the world. He loves playing any kind of sport, especially soccer and football. His favorite team is Paris Saint-Germain. Pierre enjoys challenges, so feel free to play a quick FIFA game against him. As a real Frenchman, he loves cooking and eating good food. Pierre loved being an RA last year at Trop Garden. He's very friendly and positive, so don't get afraid of his silly and funny accent to come meeting him around the building and on campus.

Tucson, Barbados Quad

Tucson is entering his second year at SBBC. He intends on focusing his studies in the field of psychology. Tucson is originally from the Bay Area and enjoys listening to music, playing basketball, and taking naps. He also enjoys making people smile and being a happy guy.

Jack, Barbados Quad

Jack is going into his second year at SBCC where he is exploring a few different major options for transfer, including Business and Economics.  He came to us from Orange County, right down the coast in what he thinks is the better half of California.  Jack is a fan of watching and playing all sports, especially football and basketball.  He will never shy away from competition of any kind so feel free to challenge him, if you dare.  Jack is also an English tutor at the City College so if you ever need someone to look over an essay, he's your guy!

Courtney, Barbados Quad

Courtney comes from a small town of Simi Valley, CA. She will be going into her second year here at SBCC. On her free time, you can find her hanging out, playing beach volleyball, or catching up on the latest Bachelor episode. Courtney is so excited to get to know all of her residents, and cannot wait to make memories with everyone this year!

Rodolfo, St. Croix Quad

Rodolfo comes from a place you might know, Long Beach, CA. Rodolfo is a 2nd year student at UCSB torn between studying economics & accounting or sociology. He loves to sing along, go to the beach whenever he can, play soccer or ultimate frisbee on the weekends. Rodolfo won't ever back down from a FIFA challenge or language lesson.

Danitza, St. Croix Quad

Coming from the very south end of California in the small city of El Centro comes Danitza! In her 3rd year at UCSB, she double majors in Political Science and Italian Studies while minoring in Professional Writing. This Gaucho seeks to study abroad in the faraway lands of London and Italy to practice her Italian and politics! Fun facts about her is that she speaks 3 languages: Spanish, English and Italian, she has a passion for playing saxophone and clarinet, however she loves having political science research positions. You can always join her for a good cup of coffee and laugh away at her silly jokes!

Maria, Martinique Quad

Maria was born and raised in a big town, little city right in the middle of California known as Madera. She is a third year at the UCSB double majoring in political science and feminist studies. After graduating Maria will attend law school and earn her degree focusing on immigration law. Maria loves being introduced to new music, she also enjoys long boarding, spontaneous trips to the beach, and eating an unnecessary amount of hot cheetos.

August, St. Croix Quad

August comes from the not so far away land of Ventura, California. She is studying sociology during her last year at SBCC and has a love for glitter, Disney, and dogs. Join her for some laughs and good conversations! And yes, before you ask, she was born in August.


Mountain Side 

Eduardo, Cayman Quad

Eddie is going into his 2nd year at UCSB. He is an Environmental Studies major and hopes to make this planet Greener. He is from a small town named Whittier in Los Angeles. Eddie enjoys walks around the lagoon, and making new friends. He loves food:) His favorite study snack to eat in Isla Vista is the legendary "Freebirds" nachos!

Diana, St. Lucia Quad

Diana is currently pursuing her major in International Development Studies! She is a trilingual Mexican-American student who had been living in Mexico City during the past 10 years. During high school, she studied abroad in United Kingdom and France. This Summer 2016, she backpacked around Eastern Europe and now considers Croatia as one of her favorite countries. Diana enjoys learning new languages, exploring faraway lands, admiring different forms of artistic expression, and working in residence life!

Miguel, Cayman Quad

Miguel was born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, but moved to Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 7. He is a third year Mechanical Engineer and Communications major at Santa Barbara City College. Apart from being an RA for Tropicana Gardens, Miguel also holds the Team leader position of the College Representatives at Santa Barbara City College. Miguel loves playing sports and spending all day at the beach. Travelling is one of his biggest passions, as well as meeting new people!

Brandon, Martinique Quad

Meet Brandon, he is a third year Santa Barbara City College business major from Seattle Washington. He plans to pursue a future in the commercial real estate business after transferring this year to a four-year university. Brandon’s hobbies include, playing basketball, playing video games, and most importantly Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Brandon is a purple belt and has been doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu for a total of 7 years! He is always willing to get people involved in the martial art and teach them how to defend themselves!

Dylan, St. Lucia Quad 

Dylan comes from Lodi California, a small town south of Sacramento. He is a Second year Biology and Psychology major at SBCC. He loves all sports especially basketball, he's an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast and knows the most random facts. Dylan loves pizza so if you ever want to split a pie he's your guy.


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 gravel lot located on the corner of El Colegio Road and Embarcadero Del Mar directly across from Tropicana Gardens. 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!

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