Some say university is a battleground infested with academic anxieties and mental maladies. But it’s also a gigantic playground awaiting your discovery. UBC is certainly a majestic one. Here are 30 things that made my UBC days as amazing as they were and hopefully will do the same for you.
- Audit LING 101 Languages of the World with Strang Burton to distinguish among languages, dialects and accents and get amazed by how linguistics can be politicized.
- Take POLI 260 Introduction to Global Politics with Robert Farkasch to peer into the sketchiness of United Nations.
- Take PSYC 350A The Psychology of Human Sexuality with Jason Winters to get to know LGBTQ members, sugar babies and sexual non-conformists in a humanizing light.
Arts & Culture
- Watch a UBC Theatre production to appreciate the directorial, acting, lighting, staging and costume design talents of our faculty and students.
- Watch a UBC Face Drama Club production to immerse yourself in some of the most iconic Chinese plays put on by UBC theatre enthusiasts.
- Attend a concert at the Belkin Art Gallery to pamper your ears and eyes.
- Attend a Japanese tea ceremony at the Nitobe Garden to get up and personal with the concept of zen.
- Join AIESEC to be part of a global network of culturally engaged student leaders and learn the basics of running a business.
- Spectate UBC Debate Society‘s Opening of the House to witness intellectual fireworks.
- Join UBC Hua Dialogue to hear what Chinese international and heritage students have to say about the most controversial political and social issues in China or among Chinese diaspora.
- Write for The Ubyssey to interview and craft narratives for news relevant to your fellow students.
- Partner up at Tandem to learn a new language and share your culture.
- Volunteer at UBC Orientations to set the first impressions of new UBC students.
- Attend a TEDxTerry Talks conference to get exposed to innovative concepts presented by your fellow students.
- Attend Student Leadership Conference to get refueled with enthusiasm after being mired in schoolwork for the entire fall term.
- Participate in a Model United Nations conference to see how this globally renowned student initiative works.
- Camp with UBC Exchange Student Club to see Canada through fresh pairs of eyes.
- Volunteer for UBC Tax Assistance Clinic for Students (TACS) to learn how to file your own tax.
- Attend at least one business networking event to see what adults do (you can do this through volunteering for TACS if you’re not a Sauder student).
- Train for the Really? campaign to embody the inclusive school spirit.
- Sign up as a background performer for a film shot on campus to be forever tied with UBC in the history of cinema.
- Work in a lab as a research assistant to some of the world’s leading figures in their fields.
- Attend a Christian Students Club event to reexamine your biases.
- Attend a Shabbat dinner by Hillel BC to partake in the most iconic Jewish custom.