Day of the Longboat 2014

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As one of the MM students that also did her undergrad at UBC, the MM experience has been a little different for me than it has for others. Although I did not have some of the challenges of adjusting to life in Vancouver (e.g the regular and sometimes seemingly-constant rain), thus far it has been interesting experience to be a Masters student at UBC. With five years of experience on this vast campus I know the resources that are available, the awesome annual events and all of the good hidden study spots.  With this great knowledge comes the great responsibility of passing it along to MMs who are new to the UBC Vancouver Campus!

One of my favourite events at UBC has always been the Day of the Longboat that happens every year on the third weekend of September. Students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members gather along the coast of Jericho Beach and race boats that fit up to 10 people. This year it was my pleasure to help rally the troops and have our very own MM team enter the 15 minute race under the team name ‘SeaEOs’. Although we had a rocky start to the race, as any good SeaEO we managed to stay composed, stay positive and fight till the very end. With a little bit of hard work and a few sea shanties our team advanced to the second round! However, as you will soon find out with the MM program, there isn’t enough time to spend a whole day at sea so we had to forfeit the second race so we could head back to Sauder to study for our upcoming exams.

The Day of the Longboat was a great day to connect with the other MM students especially as it was early on in the year. The other non-UBC undergraduate students seemed to really enjoy feeling a part of the great community that is UBC. It was also a great chance for UBC undergraduate students to also experience an event that they had always wanted to but never had the chance in their undergrad.

Whether you have completed your undergraduate degree here at UBC or are joining this beautiful university for the first time, there are tons of great ways to get involved, enjoy the Vancouver area and have some fun with fellow classmates!

– Filza Qureshi

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Beyond the Academics of Periods 1 & 2

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Having just started our December break, I think I can speak on behalf of the class by saying we all need to relax and rest over the coming weeks. I wonder how we even made it this far! I think the Tim Horton’s coffee and Triple O’s burgers definitely helped! Nonetheless, it was important for many classmates and I to try not to get lost purely in academics during this demanding time.

For a lot of us, this meant taking part in fitness activities and athletics. As a class we formed a soccer team. We had solid group of players that competed in one to two matches a week. We had a fantastic start to the season, winning all of our matches and achieving a goal differential of greater than 10. It was amazing to see everyone enjoy themselves, especially for those that hadn’t played the sport in a while.

Beyond soccer, people wanted to play a few different sports including football, volleyball, and basketball. Unfortunately, there wasn’t enough demand to pull more teams together, however, we filled this void by partaking in drop-in sports on campus. A handful of us also made our way onto the MBA hockey team, giving us another opportunity to mingle with our grad school peers.

Outside of organized sports, many people have blown off steam and kept fit by going to the gym, hiking the local mountains, and going to yoga.

For Periods 3, 4, and 5 we have already signed up a flag football team, a futsal (indoor soccer team), and some of us are returning to the MBA hockey team. Other activities such as skiing, yoga (as mentioned), and snowshoeing are also in the works. The New Year will bring us all together again, and I can’t wait to see everyone tie up their running shoes, and clip on their skis!

– Kanha Shete

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