Who you should appreciate and hold on to

Valentine’s Day special.  If you’re single, you can reflect about the important people already in your life instead of moping about being single. If you’re in a relationship, this applies to appreciating your significant other.

If you have these people in your life, thank them for being there for you. Thank them for being your friends, family, significant other, your dog, whatever. Repay them by doing the same for them: appreciating them for who they are, supporting them through thick and thin, calling them out on their negative behaviour and push them to better. these people have made you as successful as you are today. Love these people with all your heart.

FIRST :  Those people you let into your life appreciate you exactly as you are.

They’ve seen different sides of you and accept you for you are.  By different sides, I mean they’ve seen you be stressed and ripping paper to shreds in your nervousness, know that sometimes you’d rather be a hermit reading a book at home in fuzzy pyjamas than at that exclusive party, seen you be genuinely ugly (personality-wise) and genuinely excited about something random like  how to save printer ink. They’ve saw past the facade of flawless beauty and brains and social butterfly that you put up to show the outside world and instead see exactly who you are without pretending to be someone that you’re not and they still think you’re a decent human being worth spending time with. Hold on to these precious people who appreciate you for exactly who are and appreciate them for who they are too!

SECOND: They support you.
The second round is that these people are positively supporting you whether passively or actively. They’re there when you cry and double check that no one would be able to notice that you cried before after you both go back out to face whatever or whoever made you feel that way. They’re ones who come up with a solution and go with you to seek help. They’re the ones who are sometimes more concerned about you than you are about yourself.  They come attend your concert even though they’re not really into jazz music. Sometimes they’re not patting you on the back but they’re there for you, waiting, watching, being by your side.They And that means a lot.

THIRD: They tell you’re an awful person when you are.
Third round is that those who really care about you tell you what you’re awful at and what you need to change. Maybe you’re always late or rude to someone else. If you’re genuinely not aware, you need someone to point out these problems to you. If you’re been brushing off dealing with your own flaws, your people tell you to shake you into start changing your unacceptable behaviour.

FOUR: They push you to be better.

They go with you to the gym and push you to try heavier weights. They push you to run faster, take less breaks, eat healthier, sleep more. They push you to go apply for that job, scholarship or program. They push you to face your fears whether you’re afraid of public speaking, or finally sending in that short story you’ve been working on for ages. They push you to become more forgiving or more assertive. They push you to try harder or push you to learn to stress less. Whatever they’re doing, they’re making you a better person.

FIVE: Their friendship/love is unconditional

They’re not only flocking to you when they need help themselves. They’re not only in this to take. They’re also in this friendship/relationship to give. They give even when you can’t give back. They’re not just there to look at your notes, or they thought you were popular, – basically they’re not your friend just to get something from you. So even if you change from that girl who buys lavish birthday and christmas gifts for all her friends and takes them to vacations in her family’s vacation home, they’ll still be your friend. If you shed your old image and become popular with the boys/ladies, your friend isn’t going to be overcome with jealousy and refuse to hang around you anymore. In fact, he/she will probably be very happy for you and try to help you find your other half if you’re looking for one or warn of heartbreak. Through all the changes, they’re your constants.

Should someone in your life do all these for you, be grateful that you have him or her in your life. And be that friend /lover for him or her too!

Love lots. ❤ ❥ ♡ ♥ ღ ɞ

How to save money on technology

I’m no tech expert but  here’s how you can save money.

Smartphone

  • Why do I own one? I took a physics course (PHYS 117 if you’re interested) that absolutely required each student to bring a smartphone, tablet or laptop to class. A smartphone was the most affordable and portable option.
  • Look for used smartphones on Craigslist.
  • Buy an older edition of whatever smartphone you want. Some smartphone enthusiasts like to rush out and buy the newest phone available, and sell off their older edition cellphones  for cheap.
  • Awesome perks of owning a smartphone: I also have a lot of online assignments for classes so I use my phone to do math homework, etc. I also realized how awesome smartphones are for taking pictures of that occasional slide you know that you won’t be able to copy down fast enough.

Cell phone plans

  • Don’t pay for data! UBC has free wifi all over campus.
  • You can also get away with minimal minutes and texts.
  • That said, I was annoyed by pay per minute/text because when you run out of cents, you can’t receive calls or texts! So, I spent money on a basic plan since I like to call. I like to think of spending money on a cellphone plan as a good investment because being able to call and text allows me to save time and allows my employers/coworkers/friends/family to contact me. I have a cheap plan with Fido but my friends have affordable plans with Koodoo, Virgin, Wind, Rogers, Telus and other companies.
  • I think Fido was the cheapest option at the time but I don’t know if that’s still the case. Compare plans at difference companies.
  • I think 99 cents to be able to call ambulance/police/fire is worth it but I know people who don’t pay for that to save money. It’s up to you.

Laptops

  • NOTE: This was written solely based on  my experience WITHOUT a laptop.  This term, I’m testing out what’s like to use a laptop in class. (If you don’t have a laptop and want to try, see bold text below).  I’ll probably update/make new post after an experience
  • Before school starts, sales people at Best Buy and other stores will try to convince you that you absolutely need to purchase the fastest lightest laptop that exists that comes with $1500 price tag. You don’t absolutely need it. I went through first term without taking a laptop to class.
  • However, life can be easier with nice technology. E.g. submitting math assignments using my smartphone means staring at “Loading” for minutes every question.
  • So if you really want to save money, don’t buy a laptop UNLESS you need one for classes e.g. if you’re a computer science major.
  • How to get by:
    • Use the public computers at the library. Beware: sometimes you  have to wait a long time for a computer to be available.
    • Something that everyone know about: besides the desktops, you can also borrow an UBC-owned laptop for 4 hours. This is great when you’re working on an essay or presentation that you want to ask your friends for feedback on. The laptop that I’ve borrowed (I always get the same one) has word processing software and internet access, which is all I’ve ever needed. Warning: if you don’t return the laptop before the deadline, you have pay an huge fine.
    • If you need specialized software, there are iMacs loaded with SPSS, Photoshop, video editing software and more.
    • If using public computers, go earlier in the day or on weekend.
    • During the end of the semester, you may not get a computer at all. Such is a life.
    • Have very very  nice friends who will let you use their computer when you really need to use a computer.
    • Do not use your friend’s computer too often though because he/she also needs to use it. Try to use the public computers more often or your smartphone if you own one instead.
    • Write everything by hand. Investment: a package of 150 lined papers during back to school sales is 25 cents.
    • Pens: I ran a lot of pens dry so keep an eye out for free pens! Pens are often handed out during club promotion events, awareness initiatives, the discount bookstore and other places. If you’re really desperate, there are abandoned pens on the floors of lecture halls. I personally don’t pick up pens from lecture halls because I don’t know if its owner is sad and is trying to hunt it down. But if you’re really desperate, there is a lot of stationary on the floor.

Calculator

  • If you’re taking chemistry, buy the Sharp EL-510RNB Engineering/Scientific Calculator. You can’t forgo buying this.
  • Don’t waste money buying a scientific calculator that is not the calculator allowed on exams.
  • Don’t waste money buying expensive graphing calculators. You won’t be allowed to bring it to your math exam. In fact, if you take Math 102, 103, you can’t bring a calculator at all.

Printer

  • I personally highly recommend investing in a printer. It doesn’t have to fancy e.g. colour printing or a fax/scan/print combo. It just needs to print things. A printer is just so convenient for printing notes, papers, hand-in assignments, etc.
    • Buying a printer together with your roommate or a group of friends could work.. but it’s a little messy to deal with who gets the printer once you’re no longer living together.
    • If you do that and are the one who uses more ink, you should be the one buying the ink cartridges more often. In fact, go buy the ink cartridges most of the time.
  • That said, the libraries have massive printers that lots of students print with. If you don’t plan to print much, then you can pick this option to save yourself the price of a printer and those pesky printer cartridges.
    • Despite my cheapo nature, I don’t rely on the library printer because I had the library printer fail me once when I had to print an assignment that was due that afternoon. Yikes! But that might not be a common experience so don’t let that scare you from using the library printer.
  • Another option to save money by both avoiding buying a printer and paying for print is to print from a printer that is free to print from. This option is not available to all students. Check if you’re part of an association that grants you free printing. Obviously, don’t overkill with your printing but printing the occasional document should be harmless
    • e.g. My friend who is part of Collegia (a commuter student association) prints and scans at Collegia. Technically that’s not completely free because he had to pay to be a member of Collegia. But hey, it’s not bad.
  • If you can find a good deal, double-sided printing is worth paying a little more so you can save paper, save the mishaps and time wasted manually double siding. You don’t always waste a huge amount of paper printing single-sided but it’s not great for the environment and a stack of single-sided pages can also weigh down your binder substantially.
  • PRINTING:
    • As often as you can, print 6 or 8 or 9 or max pages that fit and are still readable so you save ink and paper
    • If you change the text colour to a light gray before you print, you save ink
    • The font Garamond allegedly uses less ink than Arial and some other fonts. (I forgot where I read this.)

 

Hope this post saves you money so you graduate with a little less debt! 🙂

Lies about first year

My fellow first year Blog Squad bloggers have been writing about how first term of first year was so I figured I’ll throw in my two cents too. Check out the original post on Annie’s blog that inspired this post.

Basically, my point is that everyone’s first year experience is going to be different and there are a lot of lies about first year. Be skeptical when people swear that “everyone ….” . You choose how you want your university experience to be. Live how you want to.

I’ve been told by Imagine Day leaders, high school teachers and staff, older students, family members, and others that every first year will feel like a worthless loser. In retrospect, the idea is absolutely ridiculous but as a wide-eyed yet-to-be university student, I really believed my university experience would be unpleasantly rough. So I’m here to tell you: Look forward to your university and don’t be intimidated by the false things people tell you!

Time Management

  • Don’t feel forced to have a instagram worthy Google calendar/iCal or colour coded Kate Spade planner. I thought I would be all fancy with trying Google docs and try colour coding but in the end, I went back to my very UNinstagram-worthy paper planner and used whatever pen/pencil I had on had. My planner is frighteningly messing but it works well.
  • Don’t feel pressured to be on student council/go to MUN conference/partying every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday/ study every waking hour/do club activities every waking hour. You get constantly told to be more involved in the social scene and/or  join a million clubs but having time free of commitments is actually okay!

Lunch

  • I don’t remember eating lunch alone ever. If you want to eat with people, you’ll always find people. I run into people everywhere. University doesn’t have to be a lonely experience.
  • On the other hand, you don’t have to eat with a large crowd of friends if you don’t want to. It’s perfectly acceptable to grab a seat in the nest and gaze out the window while you enjoy your lunch alone. This is not high school so don’t worry about displaying social status while you eat lunch. No one really cares.
  • I often resisted the urge to buy food on campus and starving out a few hours until I got home. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS. I didn’t go broke first term but I did damage to my body.  I now wish that I just spent the extra hundred dollar(s) on food when I was hungry. Eat when you need to.  So this term, I buy food when I’m very hungry. I still try to avoid spending money if I only feel a craving for a snack but when my stomach sends signals that it’s not okay to hold out, I eat. Your health is  more important than saving money in these situations.

Academics:

  • You might be smarter than you think. Seriously, everyone will tell you that your grades should be dropping 30% and that you might fail out. Tune out the negativity. You’re going to do just fine. Have faith in yourself.
  • Some of the coolest people you’ll meet are your professors! What?? you ask. Yes, your profs. Out of my professors this term, I highly recommend
    • Dr. Kion  – ask her about HIV, live vaccines, tuberculosis bacteria. She jokes about infecting the class to find a vaccine for HIV with a straight face.
    • Dr. Baxter   – she  relates Romantic poetry to modern movies, TV shows, King Arthur and more, and sends our class into giggles with her interpretation of plums.
    • Lauren, our English TA, is also super nice and willing to help students.
    • Dr. Schulte – She will tell you which Youtube videos to watch about animals doing crazy things, especially snakes eating things.
    • Dr. Tortelle – plankton, ocean expeditions, the spinning door analogy (you will laugh at how ridiculous that analogy is until you realize that you now understand symporters and antiporters. Genius.
    • Dr. Perkins – Because I’m not a math genius like some of you, a math teacher who I can understand during class  is brilliant. TAKE MATH WITH HIM!
    • Dr. Sammis – Students are willing to literally sit on the floor to attend his lectures. Enough said.
    • Well, looks like I put every professor I’ve had this term on this list. 🙂

Actually, there is a lot more lies you will hear about first year. What are some things you’ve been told about first year?

1st step when feeling behind on schoolwork

One hectic weekend that prevents enough schoolwork from getting done and I feel like I’m running after a bus that has already left. Commuters, you understand how soul-crushed I feel.

Ah yes, this morning the rain was pouring buckets as I headed to the bus stop. Lo and behold, I can see the bus as I’m still 2.5 blocks away from the bus stop. No matter how desperately I sprinted, the bus took off and left me in the rain. It was one of those bus stops that provided no shelter from the rain.  I was gloomy. Miraculously, after ten minutes of just standing in the rain thinking about the mysteries of life, my friend texts me that she’s on her way to school and asks if I want to a ride. She generously pick me up from the bus stop and we have a fun chat on the way to school. She is the best. 🙂

So I’ll admit that like chasing after a bus, you still can’t catch up to the bus sometimes no matter how hard you run. Just think that there are other ways for you to get to the destination you want to get to. You’ll get there eventually. A lot of us feel like we suddenly fall behind despite our best efforts to stay on track and ahead. So don’t beat yourself up about being behind.  The first step is let yourself accept the fact you’re behind and then doing one small thing to start you towards getting up to speed. If you feel behind on every subject, just do one thing first. Do just one problem, take notes on just one lecture, finish that proposal that’s been weighing down your to-do list.

If you feel behind, I’m right here feeling the same thing as me.  Since I feel behind on chemistry, I’m going to run through a couple chemistry problems before I head to sleep.

On feeling guilty because I waste time

I felt really guilty today because even though there is so much pile-up is on my to-do list, the awesome AL commented that I seem have all this time. Upon reflection, I realized that I have a lot of time because my personal life doesn’t much time commitment:   I don’t have a highly demanding part-time job like one of our other friends; I’m very blessed that I don’t have to worry about making ends meet or keeping a roof over my head;  I don’t spend time with a significant other everyday; I don’t have a 2 hour commute to school; I don’t have a baby sibling or sickly grandparent to care for. I felt guilty because I’m so fortunate to have free time so  I should be making more of a difference to the world and my community with my time.  This means I need to examine how I’m using my time and cut out waste and make an earnest effort to do meaningful things 🙂

Enough is okay

I don’t usually like to stop at enough. If possible, I often try to go beyond what is just enough, to do more than is asked for because hey, why not?

However, I think student culture nowadays can sometimes be too extreme. There never seems to be an enough, which can harm us mentally and physically. It can difficult to decide when is enough and when you should keep going.

Today this is my enough:

  • I’ve attempted this crazy chem online assignment three times. I just keep getting only 1 question wrong so I tried again because how hard could it be to do it just one more time. But of course, it’s a whole new set of questions so my total time spent on this assignment has been five hours. Five hours is absolutely ridiculous. So I still have one wrong but I’m not going to do it again. I’ve learned the skills of solving questions related to acid and bases so that’s enough. I’m done.
  •  I’m bitter about how inefficient my time has been spent. Only one task accomplished this whole evening? Ridiculous.  One thing better than nothing so that’s enough for today. Tomorrow I’ll do better.
  • I haven’t been working out or eating as healthy as I would like because I haven’t been feeling very well. But I did achieve a goal of waking up earlier and including protein (yay chicken!) in my breakfast. Something is better than nothing.
  • After I went to an office hour where I learned so much math (Prof Ed Perkins is an awesome Math 103 prof. Take his class!),  I met up with Alyssa, Kevin and Andy to study but I realized that I just couldn’t get much done. So I said that’s enough of forcing myself to study here. I packed up my bags and headed to the bus.
  • I originally planned a solid few hours of studying down at the Vancouver Public Library on Saturday morning because I had a accessibility training session across from VPL. However, my dentist appointment ran longer than expected, my sweet mother wanted me to eat a decent lunch (because I neglect lunch hehe) and stocked up on groceries at a Chinese supermarket. Despite how quickly my lemon grass chicken rice came and was eaten by me and some rapid grocery shopping, I only made it to my training half a hour early. I initially pulled out my slides for a flash study sess but then put it away and took the opportunity to talk to and socialize with the other people at the training session.
  • If someone named Elena Diamond messages you about wanting to buy your textbooks and then asks you a slew of very personal questions and tells you strange things, do not talk to him or her. Block him/her. I gave her/him the benefit of the doubt because I thought “Elena” was that proficient in English and maybe didn’t know that it was inappropriate to ask such questions. To be fair, “Elena” did ask about the textbooks and appeared to want to negotiate the price, and I ignored the warning bells in my head because I really wanted to sell all three of those textbooks. Do not ignore your instinct that something is very very wrong! Anyways, I had definitely had enough of tolerating that.
  • Right now I have more moments of that’s enough to write about but for now, I’ve had enough. I think you guys get what I’m trying to so I’ll stop here.

Two things to say to yourself: this is enough. And if necessary, tomorrow I’ll do better.

 

On an unrelated note, life:

  • Study night with Juliet and Veena. Juliet made us fabulous instant noodles because #cravings.
  • Listening to Chanon and her many thoughts on Friday afternoon 🙂
  • New stationary: pen that smells like mango. and 100 page memo pad from the dollar store
  • Apink concert
  • Loving my classes!
  • The usual trying to stay on track in classes and balancing social life and the bazillion things that I have on my to-do list. 🙂

Have a great week everyone!

Comparing yourself to others

You were feeling on top of the world after you strutted out of your second to last final examination. You had the right to be happy because you’ve only got one more to go. Happy, your friends grab you and you all felt confident and prepared about the exam you just finished.

Fast forward to night time. You’ve just gotten home after a 14 hour day: at school, at various appointments and commitments, and a huge chunk of time with your blessing/curse public transit. You log onto your calculus class’ discussion board and discover that you may be very very behind your classmates in studying for your last exam.

Perhaps some thoughts that pop up in your head:

  • I am going to fail.
  • I’ll be at the bottom of the curve.
  • I’ll never catch up.

Squash these negative thoughts.

Instead tell yourself:

  • I’ve come really far.
  • I can rock this if I work hard starting now.
  • This is the best that I can give.  – Cut yourself some slack if you’ve writing a whole bunch of exams in a short period of time.  You weren’t able to prepare too much for this last one but hey, you’ve been busy!
  • I don’t need to compare myself to others. Maybe they don’t have an exam until the 21st. You had your first exam two full weeks before they did. Everyone’s situation is different so don’t compare.
  • I’m going to do MY best and my best is different from someone else’s best. My best may be worse than someone else’s best or better.
  • Everything is going to be alright.

Best wishes to you all!

Saving on tuition – Advice from White Coat Investor

FANTASTIC advice from the White Coat Investor on making financial decisions as an undergraduate whose future may include expensive years of additional schooling and training. Honestly, I think this advice will be helpful to all undergraduates because the cost of living is crazy nowadays!

White Coat Investor’s message: Try to finish undergraduate  debt-free by LIMITING YOUR UNDERGRADUATE COSTS.

  1. Save on undergraduate tuition by choosing a school that doesn’t cost so much.
  2. Later on, choose the professional school that costs less. (Though I’m not at the stage of the journey yet, I’m iffy on this one. I think fit is more important there.)
  3. Live frugally.  e.g. If you don’t have to, don’t buy a car.
  4. Work part-time and/or during the summers.

Sidebar: I actually came to UBC to save on tuition because in grade 12, I knew for sure that I want to pursue professional or graduate school after undergraduate and I knew that I would need to save for that! I didn’t always have the goal that I do now so I originally applied to some schools in the States and got into some of my favourite ones. But this is how I made my decision at the end: if you want to be careful about your finances and want to minimize debt upon graduation, choose wisely between the school with a 50, 000/year pricetag vs the 10,000/year price tag. Pricey school might be better but not necessarily better. Don’t think that a more affordable school is not good enough for you because it’s public, it’s close to home, it’s not an Ivy League, etc.

You can be successful at any school. It’s up to YOU to make the resources and people surrounding you.

 

Working part-time during the school year

I’ve been thinking about getting an additional job (I already work)  since school started. I kept holding myself because I thought that I needed the time to focus on transiting from high school to university, adjusting to the amount of studying, etc. But now, I think it wasn’t so bad that I could handle more but I’m still hesitant to take on too much and have my grades suffer. Sigh… but academics are so important to me.

Any students who work part-time have any advice? I would love to know what you think in the comments or email me at shannayeung@gmail.com !

Tough choices

If you seek courage to make a tough choice, think this:

  • Life wasn’t supposed to a straight road from one point to another.
  • Life is full of forks to different paths.
  • When you get to the fork in the road, choose a path and don’t spend your life at the fork. There’s nothing to see or do at the fork in the road.
  • The interesting sights and experiences are always on the sides of the road.
  • Pick a path and move forward.
  • You can’t always have everything. Yes, there are great, totally amazing things along the path that you didn’t take but you know what? There will different amazing things along the path you have chosen to take too!
  • That said, it’s normal to feel sad if you have to leave something you love so allow yourself to feel sad if needed.
  • If you’re leaving behind an activity, you can find a lighter way to get involved e.g. a recreational level sport as opposed to varsity/pre-professional level, or if you leave jazz band, play some jazz on your own once in a while
  • If you’re leaving people behind, keep in touch with the ones you connected with most.
  • Proceed with your adventure in life!

The tough choice I’m making is that I know that de-pledging AOII is the road I must take but it’s still really hard to leave such a great group of girls.  I may cry on Monday when I fill out my de-pledge forms. Watching this video made me sad because the video showed the reasons I wanted to join a sorority – the laughter, love and support of sisterhood. I’m extremely thankful for the experiences being a part of AOII gave me and the girls that AOII allowed to meet (especially my Big Sister Sisi!! and Shinnie and Elaine). Shinnie and I clicked super well, and Elaine and I went through the whole journey of formal recruitment (rush) together.

Shout-out to the talented Michelle Ma for making such an amazing video! Joining a sorority is a worth-while experience if you have both the time and money to commit (neither of which I have). Having been an member of AOII, I highly recommend AOII.  If you’re interested, email or Facebook message someone in AOII and try a casual interview.

Check out AOII UBC’s instagram! https://www.instagram.com/AOIIUBC/

To the beautiful ladies in my pledge class <3: I’m really sorry that I can’t spend more time learning all the layers of each and every one of you. You’re all inspiring!

(Edit: The instagram photo is appearing funnily in the published post so I’ve deleted it from the post.)

10 FAQs: Applying to UBC

  1. Who or where did you get help from to write your personal profile?
    1. Write your personal profile yourself.
    2. Come up with your ideas yourself. It’s not the job of your mom, your sister, your cousin twice-removed to come up with essay ideas for you.
    3. You want to express who you are. Don’t pretend to someone you’re not.
    4. I personally didn’t get a professional editor for my personal profile but my family/friends generously looked my personal profile.
  2. What do I write about??????
    1. I helped friends brainstorm. It helps to have someone to talk to. Your friends should not come up with the idea but should tell you what’s a cheesy idea and what’s a cool one.
    2. You don’t have to write what you think everyone wants to hear.
    3. Your life is unique! You’ve had experiences that no one else has had the exact same ones.
    4. You also don’t have to go crazy trying to “think outside the box.” You think your experience with a challenge is a cliche. It might not be to someone else!
  3. What if I’ve never had a significant challenge in my life?
    1. Be thankful for that and don’t wish that you’ve gone through rough times. Don’t wish that you lived below the poverty line as a child because that would be cool to write up. Not cool. I will refrain from ranting here.
    2. A significant challenge can something you thought was minor.
    3. Did you have a tough time adjusting to a new environment?
    4. Did you have difficulty interacting with a particular person?
    5. Did you struggle with learning something for the first time?
  4. I don’t think I’m good enough to get into ___. What’s a good back-up?
    1. If you want, work for it: Agonize over your personal profile, get your grades up as high as possible. Don’t stop yourself before you’ve started.
    2. No faculty is a back-up. Each faculty is competitive in its own right. DO NOT apply to a faculty just because you heard it’s easy to get into if you have no interest in it.
    3. You should apply to be in a faculty that you’re interested in and will be happy studying for years in.
  5. Who should I ask to be my letter of reference?
    1. Note: If I’m applying for Science, do I need to get a letter of reference from a science teacher? Nope! I put my French/Creative Writing teacher who is AWESOME in so many ways.  My other reference was a mentor figure from outside of school
    2. For applications besides UBC’s, I also asked my super cool hockey coach/English/Social Studies teacher who taught me so much in the classroom and on the ice and my biology teacher who gave me so much life advice outside of biology class.
    3. If you haven’t done so already, get to know your teachers. They’ve accomplished a lot of interesting things in their lives and they’re great sources of wisdom.
  6. OMG I wasn’t on student council, didn’t do MUN, etc. I’m never going to get in.
    1. Stay calm.
    2. You do not need to do any particular extracurricular to get into UBC .
    3. Don’t ever do something just because you think it sounds impressive.
    4. Don’t ever do something because you think all the “successful” kids are doing it.
    5. Do it because you love it.
    6. Do it because you want to help people and your community.
    7. Do it because you want to change the world your special way.
    8. Do it for the right reasons and you’ll be happy.
  7. What’s the best school?
    1. A better question is what is the best school for you.
    2. What programs does it offer?
    3. What scholarships can it offer you if you need financial aid?
    4. What sports/extracurriculars can you get involved in there?
    5. Don’t care about ranking too much.
    6. What’s the best school for me may not be the best school for you.
    7. Go visit the campus, talk to students who go/went there, etc.
  8. All my friends are going to SFU but I want to go to UBC. (And similar situations) What should I do?
    1. You will make new friends where ever you go.
    2. You will also be able to stay in touch with your friends that go to other schools.
    3. I would say go to the school that you want to go to.
  9. December or January deadline to submit?
    1. Submit by the December deadline if you’re able to.
    2. If you don’t have time, the January deadline is fine too.
    3. I know people who got in submitting before either deadline so it really doesn’t matter too much.
    4. Try not to procrastinate until the night before though because the UBC application website always crashes the night before the deadline.
  10. UBC O vs Vancouver?
    1. Depends on what you want.
    2. Smaller campus- O
    3. Location near big city- Van
    4. More snow- O
    5. Lots of water – Van
    6. UBC O is a beautiful campus in my opinion and I know people who love it there.
    7. I love it here in Van.
    8. Jokes aside, it’s really hard to describe the differences between the two. It’s more of a feeling/general vibe that is a little different. You should visit both to compare!

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