Clubs and blatant propaganda

Hello dearest readers!

I hope this blog post finds you well. The first few weeks of school are always a trying time, and things don’t usually start winding down until about now. That’s why I’m writing this post! Like many of you, I came to the school completely lost and didn’t know what I wanted to do with my 4 years here. I didn’t go to Imagine Day (not by choice, as any of you who have been reading my other posts will know) and I walked through the club booths set up in the SUB like a zombie. When you come to a new school, it’s easy to get lost in range of opportunities available to you and end up getting overwhelmed and deciding not to pursue any of them. That, my friends, is why I have decided to make this handy helpful list for you! It’s a list of opportunities that are just so fantastic that you can’t say no to trying them just once (I know, I’m making them sound like drugs. I promise, they aren’t that bad for you, although they are quite addicting). So read this list, branch out, and try a few of my favourite extracurricular things at UBC!

1. UBC Thunderbirds Quidditch. Yeah, the quidditch team. I finally joined it a few weeks ago, and I’ve been having the time of my life in it. All of the people on the team are really accepting and fantastic, and it’s a great feeling to be surrounded by people who share the same nerdy love for Harry Potter as you do. They also trick you into exercising, but somehow make it FUN. How?? Hint: it involves tackling people, speeding down the field on broomsticks, and throwing dodgeballs at people. The club is still hosting open practices, so if you still want to join quidditch, you have until this Thursday (the 25th)! It’s only a $20 membership fee for the whole year, and it’s a great community to join. The link to their facebook page is here.

2. UBC Slam. Late last year (too late, in my opinion), I was introduced to UBC Slam by my lovely friend Heather, who runs it. UBC Slam is a fantastic club that hosts a poetry slam at Benny’s Bagels every fortnight (always on a Wednesday evening). This slam is open to everyone who wants to participate, and there’s an open mic part and a competitive part. Admission is absolutely free, and the poetry is stunning. I strongly advise every single one of you to go check it out sometime. The link to their facebook page is here.

3. UBC Film Society. I joined the Film Society a few weeks ago, and so far I haven’t done anything with it because I’ve been too lazy busy.When you join, though, you get a $1 discount at the Norm Theatre (so it’s $4 instead of $5, huge discount there) and you also have the ability to volunteer at the theatre! It goes by a sign-up basis, and you can work the concession, the ticket booth, or even the projector! You have the ability to learn the inner workings of a movie theatre, and all for free! Plus the popcorn is pretty good. The link to their facebook page is here.

4. UBC Band and Symphony Orchestra concerts. The music program at UBC is truly phenomenal, and all the students are required to perform in a large ensemble for their whole time at UBC. There are three of these ensembles: UBC Symphony Orchestra, UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and UBC Concert Winds. All three of these ensembles have concerts a few times each year (Concert Winds and Symphonic Winds each have four, while the Symphony Orchestra has a buttload) and they’re absolutely free to attend! Maybe this is just blatant propaganda about how awesome the music program is here, but if you enjoy classical or contemporary band and orchestra music, come out to one of the concerts! The dates are listed here. Plus the concerts are all in the Chan Centre, and it’s not often that you have the opportunity to see a concert in such a wonderful hall for free!

So there you have it! A condensed list of my favourite things at UBC. And even if none of these tickle your fancy, I encourage each and every one of you to branch out and try a new club this year. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a place where you fit in perfectly!

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(PS this is a blatant lie heralded to you by a sassy and slightly terrifying Meryl Streep. Y’all choose whatever you want)

(PPS I have one last piece of advice – OWN YOUR NEW THANG!)

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West coast best coast

… summer is over?

What?

When did that happen?

Why am I back at school?

But… but… summer went by so quickly compared to the last school year!

yzma cruel irony

Well I guess school is back in session for the term! It did feel like it snuck up awfully quickly though. One minute, I was sitting at home binge watching The Mentalist and going for drinks with my friends and the next I was moving in to my new apartment (Marine Drive, holla!) and saying goodbye to my parents. Even though I’ve only been back in Vancouver a week, I can tell that this year is going to be much different than the last.

First of all, I’ve decided not to be hospitalized at any point in the year. That is my number one goal for pretty much the rest of time. Hospitalization sucks, especially when it’s during the first week of school. I’ve decided to start with small goals. I won’t get hospitalized for a whole year first, then I’ll extend my goal to two years, then four, and so on. Then it should extend to pretty much forever.

Rambling. Sorry.

This year I have a much lighter courseload than last year (THANK GOD) so that will leave me with a lot more time to practice tuba and write music. I’m really hoping to improve myself musically rather than academically this year, so my goal will be to focus on my instruments more than my courses. Not to neglect my studies, of course, but just to improve in my musicality.

I have also somehow escaped the hellhole that is the Vanier cafeteria and Cariboo house (it was just too loud), and now I live in a GORGEOUS apartment in Marine Drive! That means I have three awesome suitemates and the wildly anticipated KITCHEN. I have a beautiful single room that I’ve decorated with all sorts of colourful and obnoxious objects, and I don’t have the constant annoyance of my roommate from last year. This apartment is practically perfect. I can even see the sunset from my FLOOR TO CEILING window in my room. The only downside is that a few of my roomies don’t really have fantastic cooking skills, so there’s always the possibility that I could come home and find the kitchen on fire.

josh ramsay and fire

For this year, I’ve decided to devote myself to healthier eating habits. I’m always fine when I eat at home in Edmonton, and I do have a fair amount of cooking experience, so I should be able to pull this off. My diet mostly consists of quinoa, spinach, fruit, yogurt, and eggs. And it tastes FANTASTIC.

I also exercise now. It’s a new development. I’m not sure how to feel about it, but we’ll see how it goes. I also decided to execute this by joining the school quidditch team (yes, there’s a quidditch team!) Mixing nerdy things with athletics is the best way to go about it.

Anyways, I’m just hoping that this year will be an improvement on last year! Judging by all the amazing events and things that UBC keeps pulling off, I won’t be surprised if it surpasses even my wildest expectations for what university can (and should) be. To all the new UBC students: welcome! You’ve become part of an amazing campus-wide community that’s just so inclusive and awesome. If you’re still feeling slightly lost amid the hustle and bustle of this huge school, don’t worry about it. Talk to the person sitting beside you in your lecture, say hi to someone on the bus, and join a club or two. You’ll find your niche soon enough and if you don’t, just keep looking until you do. There’s something here for everyone, and I’m sure that you’ll fall in love with this place just like I have! Ta ta for now.

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