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08-10-2008, 12:50 PM
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The only thing I'll add is that UVIC is way better.
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The only thing I'll add is that UVIC is way better.
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I'm going to UBC in September and unfortunately I did not get into rez and so now I have to do a 80+km round trip to school everyday, plus seeing all these other posters saying rez is where you meet most of your friends and how fun it is is soo depressing because I'm shy to begin with. So I guess my question is to any off campus people how did you do like socially and making friends? Cause thats my biggest concern right now.

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I'm going to UBC in September and unfortunately I did not get into rez and so now I have to do a 80+km round trip to school everyday, plus seeing all these other posters saying rez is where you meet most of your friends and how fun it is is soo depressing because I'm shy to begin with. So I guess my question is to any off campus people how did you do like socially and making friends? Cause thats my biggest concern right now.
join clubs..

in september, there's a huge clubs fair in the Student Union Building and there's sure to be a club for something that fits your interests..

also, where are you on the rez wait list? There's plenty of spots that open up over the course of the year, so you might still end up getting an offer

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join clubs..

in september, there's a huge clubs fair in the Student Union Building and there's sure to be a club for something that fits your interests..

also, where are you on the rez wait list? There's plenty of spots that open up over the course of the year, so you might still end up getting an offer
Second the clubs, and as a few of us have already said, intramurals are huge.

Stay on the waitlist as long as you can... you'll get in eventually. It might be 2nd semester when you do, but a lot of kids will get kicked out or just decided they cant take it and leave.

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join clubs..

in september, there's a huge clubs fair in the Student Union Building and there's sure to be a club for something that fits your interests..

also, where are you on the rez wait list? There's plenty of spots that open up over the course of the year, so you might still end up getting an offer
I'm 667 on the waitlist, that many people dropping out after one semester seems doubtful though.

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I'm 667 on the waitlist, that many people dropping out after one semester seems doubtful though.
You'll be shocked at how fast it drops as those people get in, give up, or find alternative housing...

AMS Rentsline is a good resource for finding alternate accommodation...

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I'm going to UBC in September and unfortunately I did not get into rez and so now I have to do a 80+km round trip to school everyday, plus seeing all these other posters saying rez is where you meet most of your friends and how fun it is is soo depressing because I'm shy to begin with. So I guess my question is to any off campus people how did you do like socially and making friends? Cause thats my biggest concern right now.
I'm guessing you're transferring to UBC from somewhere else right? A couple of people I know got put on the wait list but they appealed to UBC housing and they got offered a spot at one of Vanier or Totem. Although to get that they lied that their parents were moving to another country and they had no other option.

It's true that you make most of your friends in residence. Most of the people I met during classes were more acquaintences than friends but it is possible to make friends if you make a bit of an effort.

If you have any classes with labs, the class size will be small (around 30) so you can get to know the people around you a bit. In lectures, there will be a couple hundred people so it is more difficult. My suggestion is go into the classroom right before lecture time, look around and see if there are any people who are sitting by themselves. Then you sit down next to them and introduce yourself. Since you're shy, approaching a single person rather than a group seems like a good idea. Chances are they'll be glad of your company.

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I'm going to UBC in September and unfortunately I did not get into rez and so now I have to do a 80+km round trip to school everyday, plus seeing all these other posters saying rez is where you meet most of your friends and how fun it is is soo depressing because I'm shy to begin with. So I guess my question is to any off campus people how did you do like socially and making friends? Cause thats my biggest concern right now.
The thing I find with people living in rez/not in rez. People that dont live in Rez tend to already have friends going to UBC so in that way its not that bad. Other than that, there are always labs/tutorials that can make you some friends through groupwork (most my friends i meet through class are through this)

Being in Rez, it is definitely easier. you tend (in the 1st/2nd years) to do alot of activities, such as floor diners and various other events throughout the year.

As for waitlist in rez, if youa re 20+ you could apply for Marine Drive. However, it is primary a 3rd/4th/grad so outside your roommates you much more on your own (not as many events), and is much more expensive

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I'm 667 on the waitlist, that many people dropping out after one semester seems doubtful though.
667 actually isn't too bad... regardless what the email says, anything under 1000 is actually pretty good...

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I was going to go to UBC before deciding to go to UWO

Richard Ivey's HBA + BSc dual degree program pwns Sauder's BComm program

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My advice is a few years old, but back in my day you generally got accepted by around February or so. If not then you had to wait almost until the end of August for the final round after other people decided not to go to UBC or bombed all their provincials and didnt make it. So unless you got admission early into the year you were screwed in terms of schedule. But not to worry, the courses you start the semester with are never the ones you finish the semester with if you dont want them. During the first 3-4 days if you just sit tight and keep watching the student service website spots always open up even for the most desired classes. You just gotta be lucky and be there refreshing your screen for the 5 minutes there's an opening before its snapped up. If you're really keen on a course just keep your laptop/blackberry/whatever other fancypants electronic thingy you kids have nowadays on you and keep checking. You'll usually get into any class you want.

Vanier is a nicer residence in terms of cleanliness and amenities, and it has korean exchange students. I never understand why people thought Totem was so great. It's newer, but that doesnt mean its any nicer. Vanier has a better sort of home feeling to it, and you have a population of mostly females who are new to the country and dont know many people living practically right beside you.

Frats and school spirit at UBC are nothing like at the American schools so dont expect anything like that. And I've met alot of first years who think university is just like what they've seen on TV like American Pie. And they always end up very dissapointed. But there are lots of good things about campus.

Like peopl have said, Storm the wall is a must. Its one of the unique experiences of UBC. Dont forget to try a baked potato pizza from Pie R Squared. It's loaded with potato skins, bacon, sour cream, and green onions. It's so greasy that it just sits in your stomach and puts you out of commission for ~30 mins to an hour as you digest. Around October-November when its raining and cold out and you're feeling depressed after taking a tough midterm, just have one of these babies and take a nice long nap. Everything will feel better when you wake up.

When you're in high school, nothing really matters until your senior year because those are the only marks that UBC looks at. You can cruise through 8-11 subjects with a C average as long as you have all A's on your grade 12 courses you're in. In university, especially if you're planning on going beyond a Bachelors your marks in the first couple of years will make a difference. I found this out the hard way as once you get to that level, everyone has all their extracurricular activities and scholarships and awards and high GPA for their final 60 credits. Unfortunately I had a pathetic GPA for my first 60 credits. So if you're planning on entering a a discipline thats you know is gonna be competitive, every little edge can help.

By the way wearing a Sakic jersey is perfectly acceptable since he's a hometown hero. Wearing an Adam Foote or Eric Brewer jersey (even though they were Team Canada) can get you into some dicey situations.

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Ugh, I remember taking Math 102 with Dr. Israel. *shudders*
he's in charge of it this semester, I believe. I'll be doing his bidding.

I have no opinion on this matter, though, because any opinion I do have can surely be traced back to me and not looked kindly upon!

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Thanks for the responses guys. Right now I think UBC is definitely one of my top schols. I just can't decide if I would rather go to UBC or a place like michigan or UW-madison. So from what I gathered heres a pros/con list of ubc, let me know id I'm missing something big:

UBC:
+Vancouver
+great intramurals
+good research university
+good residences
+lots of outdoor activities available
+Baked potato pizza at pi r squared
+In Canada/ people actually care about hockey
+Cheap
+/-far away from st. louis
-Commercialism
-Some professors focused to much on research, dont care about undergrads
-Huge
-selfcontained campus
-Not as recognized worldwide as Umich or UW.

Man this is a tough choice. If you had the choice to go back in time and could choose Umich or UW over UBC would you? I dont really care about world recognition or prestige. I just want a place where I could get a decent education and Degree while having a good time. I guess ubc fits that perfectly doesnt it? I dunno, thanks for the help guys, and please post if you have anything else to add!

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Thanks for the responses guys. Right now I think UBC is definitely one of my top schols. I just can't decide if I would rather go to UBC or a place like michigan or UW-madison. So from what I gathered heres a pros/con list of ubc, let me know id I'm missing something big:

UBC:
+Vancouver
+great intramurals
+good research university
+good residences
+lots of outdoor activities available
+Baked potato pizza at pi r squared
+In Canada/ people actually care about hockey
+Cheap
+/-far away from st. louis
-Commercialism
-Some professors focused to much on research, dont care about undergrads
-Huge
-selfcontained campus
-Not as recognized worldwide as Umich or UW.

Man this is a tough choice. If you had the choice to go back in time and could choose Umich or UW over UBC would you? I dont really care about world recognition or prestige. I just want a place where I could get a decent education and Degree while having a good time. I guess ubc fits that perfectly doesnt it? I dunno, thanks for the help guys, and please post if you have anything else to add!
I just finished 6 years at UBC. Got my HKIN degree in Physical Education, and then my Secondary Teacher Education degree afterwards... took an extra year to take basketball, soccer, field hockey, handball, aquatics, and badminton coaching certification classes. I'm now teaching high school PE in Nanaimo, across the water from Vancouver... got a job right out of UBC

Highly reccomend UBC, and specifically the HKIN program, not only for the education but for the experience itself. I had a ton of fun and met hundreds of people (mostly while living in residence my first 4 years), many of whom I made lifelong friendships with.

My advice is go for it... you will most certainly enjoy UBC, especially if you live on campus

Feel free to PM me if you have any other specific HKIN or UBC questions.

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I've been thinking about joining the UBC wrestling team, but i'm not sure if you need to be a student to join or not.

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I'm going to UBC in September and unfortunately I did not get into rez and so now I have to do a 80+km round trip to school everyday, plus seeing all these other posters saying rez is where you meet most of your friends and how fun it is is soo depressing because I'm shy to begin with. So I guess my question is to any off campus people how did you do like socially and making friends? Cause thats my biggest concern right now.
I was pretty shy in a sense too in the sense that I was not great at approaching people and breaking the ice. So I recommend you join some university clubs like I did. There are political party or organization clubs, debate clubs, sailing\kayaking clubs, chess\boardgame clubs, dancing clubs, fellowship clubs, etc. Almost anyone should be able to find a club that suits them. The clubs are great for that because they are in and of themselves the ice breaker because you have something in common with the other club members.

Keep an open mind with the clubs, because they're not quite as lame as the ones in high school.

And keep a positive mindset, you'll probably be able to make it into rez next year because you'll have priority.

I would finally point out that all UVIC freshmen are guranteed housing.

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Hey Nuck fans, Leaf fan here. Sorry to bump this old thread but didn't want to start a new one. I'm debating coming from Ontario to UBC for the Real Estate program for 2013/2014, just wondering if anyone has any tips, reccomendations, advice to give. Also, how hard is UBC to get into for a low 80's kid like myself

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Hey Nuck fans, Leaf fan here. Sorry to bump this old thread but didn't want to start a new one. I'm debating coming from Ontario to UBC for the Real Estate program for 2013/2014, just wondering if anyone has any tips, reccomendations, advice to give. Also, how hard is UBC to get into for a low 80's kid like myself
If you've consistently been low 80's and have a few extra-cirriculars you should be able to get in. They might factor in that you will probably have to live on res so that might make it harder.

My only recommendation is (if you are going into your final year of high school) to enjoy it, and work hard. It will be over before it's you know it and your entire life as you know it of socializing, studying rather minimally and what not will be gone. I for one took it for granted and realized around April I was doing that. So just take it easy, don't stress and good luck.

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If you've consistently been low 80's and have a few extra-cirriculars you should be able to get in. They might factor in that you will probably have to live on res so that might make it harder.

My only recommendation is (if you are going into your final year of high school) to enjoy it, and work hard. It will be over before it's you know it and your entire life as you know it of socializing, studying rather minimally and what not will be gone. I for one took it for granted and realized around April I was doing that. So just take it easy, don't stress and good luck.
Well my math has always been low 70's so that's what worrys me regarding admissions at least

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It depends what faculty/program you are applying for. I remember when I was applying for UBC like 6 years ago the standard cutoff was something like: High 70s for Arts, Low 80s for Engineering, and Low 90s for Science.

Just looked up the Sauder School of Business for you and found this little bit

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Although we do not admit students solely on the basis of grades, academic performance is extremely important. Only applicants with an interim average of 84% or higher are eligible to be considered for admission. Please note that the course grades used in the calculation of your average will depend on where you are currently attending secondary school and the grading scale used by your school. All grades are converted into percentage grades based on a 50% pass scale. Detailed information on secondary school course requirements and equivalents for all applicants as well as information on how your admission average will be calculated can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.


So it might be tough depending on what else you have. But there are always plenty of opportunists to transfer programs after a year if you do well. It seemed like 25% of the people in my second year classes were in a different program in the first year.

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Well my math has always been low 70's so that's what worrys me regarding admissions at least
That could be a crutch. I was never really good at math until I went to summer school. Most of it was a motivation/study problem combined with an inconfidence complex. Turns out, I'm decent at math.

I don't know what real estate falls under but it's a ***** getting into the Sauder school of business in my experience. Also whatever you do, don't go for a university transfer because I'm 90% sure I screwed my chances of trying to get into the schools I wanted to get into by doing that. It's not bad and you save money if you are extremely hard-working, but if you relied on your big brain like I did in high school and coasted getting B's throughout. Don't do it. I cannot stress that enough.

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It depends what faculty/program you are applying for. I remember when I was applying for UBC like 6 years ago the standard cutoff was something like: High 70s for Arts, Low 80s for Engineering, and Low 90s for Science.

Just looked up the Sauder School of Business for you and found this little bit

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Although we do not admit students solely on the basis of grades, academic performance is extremely important. Only applicants with an interim average of 84% or higher are eligible to be considered for admission. Please note that the course grades used in the calculation of your average will depend on where you are currently attending secondary school and the grading scale used by your school. All grades are converted into percentage grades based on a 50% pass scale. Detailed information on secondary school course requirements and equivalents for all applicants as well as information on how your admission average will be calculated can be found on the Undergraduate Admissions website.


So it might be tough depending on what else you have. But there are always plenty of opportunists to transfer programs after a year if you do well. It seemed like 25% of the people in my second year classes were in a different program in the first year.
I sent an email to UBC today so hopefully I get an answer, I was all over the website and never saw that Thanks bud

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That could be a crutch. I was never really good at math until I went to summer school. Most of it was a motivation/study problem combined with an inconfidence complex. Turns out, I'm decent at math.

I don't know what real estate falls under but it's a ***** getting into the Sauder school of business in my experience. Also whatever you do, don't go for a university transfer because I'm 90% sure I screwed my chances of trying to get into the schools I wanted to get into by doing that. It's not bad and you save money if you are extremely hard-working, but if you relied on your big brain like I did in high school and coasted getting B's throughout. Don't do it. I cannot stress that enough.
That's me 100%, no confidence and no motivation to do the work/study. And yes, it's part of Sauder

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That's me 100%, no confidence and no motivation to do the work/study. And yes, it's part of Sauder
Then I'll tell you what I found out. And this is coming from someone who scored high 50s, low 60s in Math from grade 8-10. You can be very good at math, just listen in class, take notes (like as much as possible, don't be a hippie, use those trees) and ask questions. Once I figured out I could be good at math if I wanted to, I scored around high 70s, low 80s in math.

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