Revisiting UCSB | Thinking About College | John Raftrey And Lori McCormick | Palo Alto Online |

Local Blogs

Thinking About College

By John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

E-mail John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

About this blog: We are writing this blog to give practical advice to students and parents, to reflect on issues affecting college admissions, and to provide a platform for a robust community discussion on post-secondary choices. We occasionally f...  (More)

View all posts from John Raftrey And Lori McCormick

Revisiting UCSB

Uploaded: Aug 15, 2016
(Written by Lori McCormick)

Happy back-to-school! I took a short break this summer to spend time with my family and visit a couple of colleges along the way. I always love visiting colleges, even ones I have previously visited. I discover something new with each visit.

One of the colleges I visited was UC Santa Barbara, where I attended 20 years ago, and last visited about 10 years ago. My, how the campus has changed! There is ample parking! And students no longer need to walk through tunnels (that always flooded in the rain) to get to Campbell Hall. Today’s Gaucho also has more housing options, more dining options, and more buildings to learn in.

My Mom is a former Gaucho; it runs in the family. She, along with my kids, joined me on the campus tour. Listening to her rave about the new developments and hearing how it was back in her day (nothing around…so boring! Her words, certainly not mine!), helped me see UCSB through her lens. She identified buildings she attended classes in during the early 1960’s. I took classes in those same buildings. She gushed when she found the swimming pool where she remembers swimming laps for exercise. Yep, still there, and still in use. My kids loved riding their scooters in the skateboard lanes. Big grins.

I found this YouTube video of UCSB, then known as the Campus by the Sea, from the 1960’s. It was a walk down memory lane for my Mom.

While my tour of UCSB didn’t necessarily teach me anything new about admissions requirements, majors offered, or campus life, it was a sentimental journey from one generation to the next. Who knows, maybe one day one of my kids will be a Gaucho, too?

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.

Comments

 +   6 people like this
Posted by John, a resident of Midtown,
on Aug 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm

Recent grad, completely agree with everything except for the ample parking! Parking in the last 4 years consistently got worse!!!


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Why is it becoming increasingly impossible to open a restaurant on the Peninsula?
By Elena Kadvany | 27 comments | 4,802 views

Firing Judge Persky as a tennis coach was a big mistake
By Diana Diamond | 23 comments | 2,704 views

Electric Buses: A case study
By Sherry Listgarten | 2 comments | 2,057 views

It just takes time
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 446 views

 

PRICE INCREASES MONDAY

On Friday, October 11, join us at the Palo Alto Baylands for a 5K walk, 5K run, 10K run or half marathon! All proceeds benefit local nonprofits serving children and families.

Register now