UCSB Student Panel

Recorded Friday, September 25 at 01:00 AM

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School information

University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB

Santa Barbara, CA

Ask current UCSB students questions about academics, campus life, dorm living, and more. Livestream viewers will get to vote on questions and ask their own!

Meet the panelists: Lauren, Kelly, Andrew, Emma, Amrit

Lauren is a senior from San Francisco. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Communication, a minor in Applied Psychology, and a certificate in Technology Management. Lauren is a branding intern at UCSB Intercollegiate Athletics and was previously a sports marketing intern. She is involved in organizations on campus and is currently serving as the secretary and gcp/risk management chair for her asian american interest sorority, Sigma Kappa Chi.

Kelly is a senior from West Covina, California attending the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is pursuing a Bachelor's in Financial Mathematics/Statistics and Dance. Kelly is an active member of her Business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, and serves as the Vice President of Finance. She also is apart of the UCSB dance company. Outside of school, she spends a lot of time with her friends, dancing and shopping.

Andrew is a third year transfer student from San Bernardino California. He is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance/Choreography. He’s also an active member in Vietnamese Student Association, Groovin’ Street Dance, and UCSB’s Senior Dance Company. Outside of dance and school he enjoys playing at the park with his 4 month old Belgian Malinois, Rocky!

Emma is a fourth year English Major at UCSB. She is a class managing editor at the school’s literary arts magazine, the Catalyst. Outside of school, she enjoys making vegan soup, listening to talking heads, and being gay.

Amrit is a fourth year undergraduate studying as a Biology Major and applied psychology minor. She’s originally from Tracy, CA and has found her home at UCSB by joining undergraduate research, mentor ship programs like SciTrek and the UCSB Bhangra team. In her spare time, Amrit is a fan of watching sunsets on the beach, playing volleyball and watching lots of movies.

School information

University of California, Santa Barbara | UCSB

Santa Barbara, CA
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Undergrad College: San Diego State University '12

Major: Bioengineering

Graduate College: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MS; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, MD '23

Work Experience: I have worked as a research scientist in cardiology, including research developing models to study the heart using stem cells - one of which is going to the International Space Station in 2022! While not as exiting, I have also worked in the health insurance industry.

My Admissions Story: I found an advisor I trusted and used their advice and any help they offered. Only good things came from having an extra set of eyes to look at essays and complete applications. The key for me was to find that person early on, and build that advisor-advisee relationship.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Nikki and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
9:52@anonymous:What are lectures like for freshman? And are they super big and intense, and how would someone with dyslexia do with those lecture styled classes?
12:32@juanaderdoy:How are the food options on campus?
14:53@anonymous:How are the dorms like for freshman?
17:22@dianechen:How are the professors? Do they have close relationships with students?
19:22@Abigail:Emma, can you talk about the English program at UCSB?
20:17@anonymous:I know UCSB has a weird schedule for each class. (Like you take a class for 10 weeks and then you are done???) how does it work and do you like how classes are planned out?
22:04@kiana.vea:how would you describe greek life at ucsb, is it a big part of the culture there ?
23:13@anonymous:How long did it take to choose a major or how did you choose?
25:04@anonymous:For Kelly and Andrew: Would you be able to talk a bit about the dance program and how the BFA is different from the BA.
28:23@anonymous:Are UCSB students more collaborative or competitive within each major?
28:29@anonymous:What does a typical weekend look like at UCSB?
29:25@AcceptMePlz:Amrit- can you talk about the psychology program?
30:33@ranitak48:What is one of your favorite spots to relax or favorite food spot outside of campus?
33:33@anonymous:What is the best (or worst) class you've taken at UCSB?
34:43@anonymous:Lauren, could you talk about communication and psychology?
35:58@kiana.vea:what opportunities does ucsb bring to students looking into premed
37:09@anonymous:How easy is it to get to a nearby city? Is there a bus system or?
38:02@kiana.vea:im from around the area, but i dont go to sb often. what is your favorite boba spot?
39:10@anonymous:How do you balance student social life with academic life?
40:33@anonymous:what events or traditions are at UCSB?
41:54@juanaderdoy:how did you all approach the supplementals?
45:21@anonymous:How is the alumni connection?
46:30@anonymous:What are some traditions or events at UCSB?


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