Meet Alaina, the Girl Who Does it All

Name: Alaina Flores

Age: 20

Hometown: Riverside, CA

Major: Environmental Studies and Sociology Double Major with a minor in Applied Psychology

What is your favorite part about being Tri Delta’s President?

My favorite part of being president is having the opportunity to lead such kind, strong women. Joining Tri Delta my freshman year was the best decision I have yet to make and since then, I have worked hard to dedicate a huge part of my life to it. Tri Delta's principles are a huge passion of mine that I try to embody to serve as a role model for my sisters. I continue to learn valuable life lessons through my presidency every day. Being President is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but it makes it worthwhile knowing that I was chosen by my sisters to lead them this year. It is such a rewarding experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

How does it feel to be a part of so many different organizations on campus?

It feels great to give back to the UCSB and Isla Vista community! I love being actively involved with so many different communities on campus.

How do you manage to stay sane with so much going on?

Time management and balance is key. Through all of my obligations I have learned excellent time management skills. I never procrastinate on anything and my 3 planners are my life. Academics are always my #1 priority. I am very proud of my high GPA and I am not willing to sacrifice that for anything. I try to destress by hanging out with my sisters or going to the beach. I am so busy all the time that it’s hard to find time for myself, but self-sacrifice is one of the main things I’ve learned through my presidency so far. I usually try to get all my work done on time so that I can go out and have fun with my friends on the weekends. It can feel overwhelming at times, but I am very passionate about my commitments and I’ve worked very hard to get to where i am now. I love what I do and I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

What is your main job working with Life of the Party?

The main goal of Life of the Party is to promote safety throughout Isla Vista and decrease drug and alcohol related incidents. I think it’s important that we are non-abstinence based because telling UCSB students not to party is unrealistic. All of my friend’s know that I also like to have a good time in Isla Vista, but it’s all about being safe! If students choose to partake in the party culture, then we want them to have the resources necessary to make safe, informed decisions. My goal is to have as many people as possible have a regret-free experience at UCSB!

What made you decide to become a Sexpert?

I kinda accidentally became a sexpert. I enrolled in Soc 152A fall quarter of my sophomore year. At the end of the quarter I received an email from Professor Baldwin inviting me to enrol in 152B for winter quarter for receiving one of the highest grades in the class. 152B was a great experience and at the end of it, I received another email inviting me to enrol in 152C for Spring quarter. 152C was one of the best academic decisions I’ve made here at UCSB. I am now a certified sexpert and have the opportunity to develop a world-wide website called SexInfoOnline. I work closely with other intelligent students under the supervision of the Baldwins. I typically write for the Sex and the Law section of the website, which focuses on the sexual assault and domestic violence articles. It’s rewarding to know that I am helping people all over the world with their problems.

What do you plan to do in the future? (i.e. career path)

This fall I will be applying to several Sociology combined Masters & PHd programs on the East Coast. If I get into a good school, then I plan on moving to the East Coast right after graduation.

What else are you doing?

I am studying abroad at Maastricht University this summer in the Netherlands! I am also a Sociology 142 grader and DSP Proctor. I was also on the UCSB dance team for two years. Being on a collegiate dance team was a dream of mine since I was 3 and it feels amazing knowing I actually accomplished that goal.

All photos courtesy of Alaina Flores.