a current student here
Don't let your beautiful surroundings distract you from your school work; it is easy to just want to go to the beach on a sunny day rather than studying for that upcoming midterm, but try to stay focused. Professors are available to help you, but you need to be the one to ask for it; go to office hours and get to know your professors and TA's on a personal level. Take advantage of the Student Career Center, especially during your first year. The Career Center provides many helpful resources (i.e. workshops, personal appointments with advisers, counseling, etc.) that are extremely useful for when you have interviews, need help applying for jobs, figuring out a career path, and much more. Go exploring! You live on one of the most beautiful campuses ever, so take some friends, find a trail, and see where it takes you. P.S. Try to find the UCSC Treehouse!