Wait… it’s the last module?

My only thought coming into this final module is “where did the time go?”

Walking into the first day of prep classes feels like one month ago, not nine! It is truly incredible how fast this program goes by. This can be attributed to a few things: how hard we are working, and how much fun we are having! I can say without a doubt that these past nine months have been the most transformative period I’ve ever had. Every module I discovered a new topic or interest and had a chance to explore it.

It’s hard for me to write about my biggest takeaways from this program right now, I feel like I will be able to reflect better a few months after the program is over. What I do know is that I made some incredible lifelong friends, and learned more than I could have ever imagined in nine short months! My thoughts at this very second…sitting here before my Supply Chain Management class are: “I better start working on Capstone” –  “That group meeting conflicts with my other group” – “What should I make for dinner” – “Oh look the sun is out” and “Don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday”.

What’s next for me? The day after the end of the year gala I’m off to Nice, France for my summer exchange. So my school isn’t really finished yet – however I’m sure France will feel very much like a vacation.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, and connect on LinkedIn!





Who’s that chick?

Hi everyone!

It’s that time of the month again- blog post time. I struggled for a while to try and figure out what it was that I would talk about in this post. There are so many things still left to be said about this program and my experience with it. But how did it all begin?

Born and raised in Vancouver, I made the decision to go to UBC after turning down an offer to go to the Ivey school at the University of Western Ontario. I ended up majoring in Political Science, not for a career but for the knowledge and curiosity that the subject gave me. I loved my undergraduate experience, but it lacked the practical knowledge and skills I craved to find a career for myself.

I want to stress that I was never one of those kids who inherently knew what they wanted to be when they grew up (I’m pretty sure I wanted to be a pediatrician to teddy bears). I took aptitude testing time and time again to help me try to narrow down what it is I could be, but nothing really sunk in. The best part of this is that at UBC continuing studies, when I paid hundreds of dollars for career suggestions through testing, they came up with florist. Yes, the one career path that doesn’t require even a high school education was what they determined was right for me. Needless to say, I needed some help.

Enter the MM program- something I had become aware of in 3rd year. I ended up taking a year off between graduation and entering the MM program, but I don’t regret my decision for one second. This program has given me that confidence and self-awareness that I lacked a mere 9 months ago.

Who knows, maybe one day I’ll have a floral empire.
Until next time,

Julia Shepherd

Coolest/Most Beautiful Spots on Campus

Hi Guys!!

Hope you’re all doing great. We are coming closer and closer to the end of our program; I can’t believe how fast time has flown :(.

The weather here is getting a lot warmer which means that there are days when I can frolic around campus without an umbrella and it means I can wander around to all my favorite spots on campus. Here are the top 5 places I think everyone should check out before they graduate from UBC.

1. Rose Garden

You know the saying “a picture says a thousand words”? Well when I saw a picture of the Rose Garden I was sold on UBC, the thought of being on a campus with such million dollar views immediately attracted me to this place (I’m so glad it was not a Photo- shopped picture, I would have been so disappointed). I love having lunch here when it’s really nice outside 🙂

2. First Nations Longhouse

This place is pretty awesome, you can come here if you want to learn about Aboriginal traditions, plus it’s shaped like a boat tipped over. They serve free lunch every Tuesday (I’m not gonna lie, this was the first thing that ever brought me to the building in my undergrad).

I also really like the Xwi7xwa (pronounced whei-wha) Library which is sort of attached to the building. If you ever want to read some Aboriginal stories, this is a great place to come and get a book.

3. Museum of Anthropology (MOA)

Did you know that this museum is on the list of “1000 things to do before you die”??? and you do not have to tell me why. I LOVE visiting MOA! I remember the first time I came here they had to kick me out because they were closing down for the day…haha. I would have to say my favorite room here is the Multiversity Galleries room, they have art work and monuments from ALL OVER THE WORLD:

I, of course get VERY excited when I see the Nigerian art

4. Nitobe Garden

Now this is our very own UBC Japanese garden and its a great place to visit when you want to “study” outside and be inspired by nature. I remember in my undergrad a lot of students would come here to read a book when they didn’t want to focus on work. They have free wifi… need I say more?

5.  Koerner Library

One thing I’ve learned in my time at UBC is that no building is JUST a building, every building has a story or a reason for why it’s shaped the way it is. Well the Koerner Library is one of the buildings that has a cool story behind it’s shape. If you look very closely, you will notice that it’s shaped like an open book face-down (some people believe that when they’re in the building they are walking through the pages of knowledge).

Look very closely

Hopefully, when you get here you’ll be able to go to all these spots and discover some of your own; UBC is a really beautiful campus and it was VERY tough for me to narrow this post down to just 5 spots.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment :).

Until next time!


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