Learn from Peers: New to UBC

Secrets for New to UBC Students

Wisdom from the Chapman Learning Commons Assistants

“In my first year at UBC, I wish I had gone to more office hours. My professors are all very nice and willing to give me advice in regard to my majors, but I did not know this until second year.”

“In my first year at UBC, I wish I had pushed myself to explore activities outside of my comfort zone, like taking part in residence theatre productions, applying for part time jobs on campus, since that would have allowed me (as an international student) to establish roots and make more interpersonal connections.”

“In my first year at UBC, I wish I had started saving more money on a monthly basis. Currently, I use excel to track my finances. I use it to budget expenses and calculate how long it would take to pay off my debts.” 

“In my first year at UBC, I wish I had received a heads up on how hard it is to get housing on campus, my advice to you would be to apply for year-round housing ASAP!”

“In my first year at UBC, I wish I had known that it’s okay to join clubs and run for executive positions even though I’m not a pro.”

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