Sam Goldman started writing for The Santa Barbara Independent in 2015 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in geography and a minor in professional writing. Originally from Valencia, California, he was a staff writer and opinions editor of UCSB’s The Bottom Line newspaper before interning at The Independent. He now freelances and writes the “Eye on Isla Vista” column. Sam enjoys racing 5Ks, attending open-mike performances, hitting the beach, drinking English breakfast tea, and writing up his articles in coffee shops. See samgoldman.weebly.com for more.