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We survived the BCMC trail!

Hello Readers!

We survived our hike on Saturday!  We ended up doing the BCMC trail instead of the Grouse Grind and had a great time! The BCMC is right beside the grouse grind and is a LOT less busy and a much more “natural” hike (ie. there are fewer stairs and it is much less worn).

This hike is a little longer but ends near the same spot at the Grind.  We did it in an hour and twenty minutes which I think is fantastic!

Here is a picture of us almost to the top:

The trail is pretty steep and there are tons of trees so there aren’t very many points where you get a very good view, but here is the view at one break in the trees. So pretty!

While the Grouse Grind is fun to do just because its popularity, if you’ve done it before and are looking for something not so crowded and with more of the feeling of a hike than moreso just a workout, I really recommend checking out this trail! I really enjoyed it.


Summer ending so soon!


Summer seems to be coming to a very fast close; I can’t believe September is almost here already!  It took until nearly the beginning of August for our summer weather to start so that has not helped the feeling of it going by so fast!

After being postponed a few times due to weather/schedules we managed to have a great MEGA day in the sun at Kits beach on August 6th. Here are a few pictures of the day!

Erik, our MEGA VP, grilling up some amazing burgers on the beach!

MEGA-ers having fun in the sun

Erik has also been busy organizing lots of hikes all over the lower mainland so there have been lots of opportunities for Mech grad students to get out and see some of the scenery BC has to offer.

If you are a new graduate student joining Mech at UBC this September, be sure to join the MEGA facebook group ( and watch for our new grad hike coming up! We will also be sending out an email to all Mech grad students with more info soon.

Kristy  <3

The end of classes and the start of research!

Hello readers!

It has been far too long, my apologies! I just haven’t thought of anything particularly exciting to blog about!

April marked the switch from working mainly on courses to starting research full time, and it has definitely been a change! I have been taking courses for so long that its pretty easy to know what I need to do in order to do well.  Go to class, do the assignments, study for the midterm etc and I will be fine.   Research unfortunately hasn’t followed this formula..

It has, at least in my case, felt a lot more like having a job.  I have a specific device I have to design, and its my ability to make that happen that is judged instead of my answers to hypothetical questions.  The work therefore feels a lot more rewarding than doing assignments that eventually get filed away and likely never look at again.

On the other hand, the major difference from a job has been that I’m the only person working on my project.  With the exception of weekly meetings with my supervisors, I’m kind of alone to come up with something that will work.  As far as I know it is like this for everyone in my program, and makes sense since, but is the toughest part.  I’m sure it is a really good thing for me in that I’m gaining a lot more confidence in making decisions without feeling the need to check with teammates or colleagues.   But having a person to talk things through with and to catch each others mistakes or build on ideas makes things feel like they go a lot faster and is a lot more fun!

I have, however, really enjoyed working relatively regular hours; coming in at 7:30 and leaving around 4:30 is great!  Studying for a midterm while a bunch of your working friends can feel pretty lame.

My project is definitely in an early prototyping stage, but once things become a little more concrete I will post some pictures on here!