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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!

Yoyo.

Storm The Wall…. I FINALLY did it :)

Hi guys! I hope you are all doing great and not too nervous about the application process 😀

I know that it sometimes feels like we are always working on one assignment or group project or something along those lines but we also like to have fun around campus as well.

For those of you who don’t know, I completed my Undergrad degree at UBC so I’m used to a lot of the AWESOME traditions we have here and one of those is something called “Storm The Wall”, in fact, this was my first time actually storming the wall… I know, I know, what????

So what exactly is Storm The Wall? It is a 4-5 person relay that happens all over campus; someone does the swimming, another the short-distance run, someone else does that biking, and then the last person does the long-distance race (me having abnormally long limbs automatically meant I was doing this part for my team). At the end of the relay there is a 12 FOOT WALL….yes I repeat 12 FOOT WALL (double my height) that you have to storm with the help of your team mates… there are even a few people who do the whole relay and the storming on their own (this is called the Ironman/Ironwoman… you should totally check it out here ).

Well this year I decided to finally stop avoiding that giant wall and join a Storm team which was great because the MM Society put together two teams that competed.

Here are some pictures of the MM competitors and us climbing the wall:


We are such a beautiful bunch aren’t we?


Pulling up one of our teammates 🙂


And we had THE BEST supporters in the crowd!!!

I’m so glad that I finally got round to storming the wall because I can now check that off my list of things to do before graduating. While none of our teams actually won the competition (in fact, my team got disqualified…. awkward), the experience was great and I couldn’t have chosen a better bunch of people to get this done with!


Until next time,

Yoyo!

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Mild Panic Attack

The other day, I woke up panicking! I was going through my first “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE” dilemma.

There are three things I have always been sure about: I have a passion for people, I have pretty strong presentation skills, and I LOVE traveling (also, dancing is the cure for all illnesses). I decided I wanted a career in Industrial Relations so I needed a Masters program that would get me there. I talked to one of my professors about it and he suggested that I strongly consider the MM program because it is a program that prepares students for all parts of business ranging from organizational behavior to marketing strategies, and that I might end up really liking another part of business instead. Clearly, I decided to take his advice but I still came in believing that a career in Industrial Relations was absolutely what I wanted.

Period 1 began and with it came a variety of classes ranging from drawing graphs (not pie charts) in Statistics to Marketing; I found out that I really liked Marketing and realized I was pretty good at this brand review stuff but my mind was still set on IR and leaning towards Recruitment. Period 2 came around and I took the non-financial route which had Employment Relationship and Organizational Behaviour courses, but also a basic Finance class. For some reason I found myself, not only understanding, but also enjoying that Finance class; who ever thought Put and Call options would be so interesting? During the freezing Calgary Christmas break I spent time with a lot of family and friends who were asking me about what I wanted to do after I was done with the MM program… THIS WAS WHEN MY PANIC REALLY BEGAN. I didn’t know what I wanted to do anymore; my answer changed a little bit every time someone asked.

“How is it possible that some people in the program are narrowing down their options and I suddenly want to broaden mine?”

“I want to do Recruitment…and HR…and Branding…and a little bit of Investments…and…everything…”

“What if I take a job and then see something I might like better? OH MY GOSH! What if I don’t even get a job???”

I eventually booked an appointment with Jeff Balin and talked to him about it, he managed to calm me down (go Jeff!); apparently, this whole freaking out phenomenon is normal.

So we are now nearing the end of period 3 and Managerial Accounting is not looking too scary (ask me about this again in a week when I’m studying for finals). I’ve come to the conclusion that my Prof. was right…this is exactly why I chose the MM over anything else; it gives me the opportunity to find out what exactly the Business world has to offer me. I’m going to fully embrace the confusion because it means I am actually learning something new.

I can’t guarantee that I won’t be panicking again within the next 2 months…or 2 weeks…or 2 days…or 2 minutes but I have officially decided that I am going to look for a job where I can keep learning and contributing all I’ve learned. You never know, in ten years I might become the best Statistician in the world :D.