For the past month, I’ve been busy working full time at UBC Athletics and Recreation as a summer co-op student. Specifically, I’m the Events and Services assistant at the Doug Mitchell Centre aka Thunderbird Arena. Three cheers for my first big girl job!
My role is to help out with a variety of things. I’ve done some work on the recreation.ubc.ca page, looked up history for all of UBC’s sports facilities, sat on the employer side at a job fair (which evoked all kinds of amusement and second-hand embarrassment), and more! I’m also heavily involved in the facility set-up of the big events that are happening at Thunderbird Arena this summer, like the 2014 National Special Olympics.
It’s been quite the experience—I learn new things every day! They’re not exactly technical skills, but rather soft skills like talking on the phone without crying from embarrassment. I don’t know why, but I honestly get super nervous about communicating with people over the phone or email.
How am I supposed to disguise my ineptitude with charisma if they can’t see my face??
What’s nice is that I’m on campus basically all the time. It’s like I’m going to school! Except there’s not really any homework*, and pretty much everyone is older than me.
*Technically, I do have homework. It’s just documentation for the Kin Co-op Office that is required every work term, but keeping on top of them has actually been the hardest part. Time management is still a thing I’m working on (it’s one of my learning objectives, in fact!).
In any case, my point here is that I feel like grown adult with responsibilities—and it both frightening and exhilarating.
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I think my much-stereotyped Asian frugality is showing.
I have a bunch of coupons I cut out from the AMS Insiders handbook (back when they were handing them out in September), due to expire in the beginning of April. Of course, I’ve forgotten to use them over the past 6 months, so now I’ll be eating at the SUB more often just to cash them in.
They’ll only save me a dollar, but whatever.
On the other hand, can you believe that we’re nearly done first year? It seemed to go by super fast—especially this term. Now I’m busy trying to look for summer jobs to apply for whilst also studying for my last wave of midterms and finals. I’m not doing summer school, so I gotta find something to fill up my time until next semester. Four months, oh my god.
Sushi-bearing unicorns for anyone who has suggestions for the job-hunt! 😀
Here’s something I forgot to mention in recent posts but am still really excited about: I got granted an interview for the position of a coordinator on the 2014 SLC Planning Committee (oh boy, that’s a mouthful)! Yay!
It’s only the second step in the application process, but I’m surprised that I got past the first step. I’m not entirely happy with the format/quality of my resume, and I definitely need to work on it before going summer-job hunting. For anyone in the same pickle (baha, pickle), the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers offers lots of resources for all sorts of job-related things, including resume advising. Even if you don’t go into the actual office at Brock Hall, the online stuff is super helpful! But seriously, resume-advising is a good idea.
In any case, I’m actually looking forward to attending that interview! It’s a group one, which sounds a little less intimidating but I’ll probably be a fun-sized bundle of nerves anyways
because what if they don’t like me oh god. Welp.
Congratulations! We would like to offer you the opportunity to be a part of KIN Week.
Yay! Upon the sight of this, I did a happy jig.
Well of course not on the outside. I limited mysel f to loud squealing and gushing only. I applied to be one of the coordinators for UBC’s first ever KIN Week, and as you can see, I got the position! I’m actually a little proud of myself.
It’s surprisingly easy to get involved. You don’t have to do much—just find something that interests you! Maybe that means sports, or politics, or volunteering, or even clubbing 😉 It’s up to you! If you’re anything like me and you find talking to authorities figures
terrifying a little intimidating, then simply do your research online. There are tons of online resources out there for you to discover—here are some places you can find some neat volunteering and job oppurtunities!
- UBC FYI is a great place to start! Not only do they post about the cool going-ons around campus, but on the side there are links to excellent (UBC-owned) sites that can help you find your niche! I found out about Blog Squad through here. 🙂
- Your undergraduate faculty site! For me, it’s the KUS, but everyone has a different one!
- Facebook. No, no, I don’t mean stalking people! I’m talking about following pages of clubs and societies that you’re interested in—that way, you won’t miss opportunities as they arise.
- Need a job? Find one here.
- If you’re interested in the volunteering and leadership side of things, browse around the Centre for Student Involvement. There’s tons of information there. A mind-numbing amount, actually, so you might be better off just walking into the centre in-person.
Alright, I realize that most of these sites are UBC-owned. But this is what I’m thinking: I chose to go to UBC, so I’m going to be a part of UBC. Not just a random student fumbling through school, but a real, valuable member of the community! So using the resources available through the school to me—and you—isn’t a problem at all 🙂