I thought it would be fun to share some bits and pieces of my life at UBC.
So, I'm taking four courses this semester: microeconomics, political science, spanish for beginners and cultural anthropology. I'm taking 12 credits this year. I'm really lucky to have a timetable where I don't have any classes on tuesdays and only one discussion group on thursdays.
Living on campus is amazing / really annoying. I love leaving my dorm ten minutes before classes start, being close to all events and always having someone to hang out with. Living in dorm is really nice as you get to meet many people in the first days of school and don't have to worry about housework, cooking, etc. But that's also what I hate about it. Not being able to eat what I want and when I want is a big challenge. Add a really overpriced meal plan and bad dining hall food and you end up with me constantly craving fresh, homecooked food.
The only advise I can give is to look for a cheap supermarket (e.g. No Frills in Canada) and buy fresh fruits and vegetables. Microwaveable foods are also great when you don't wanna go to the dining hall. For drinks I usually only drink water. Buying a filtration system is really worth the money. I bought a Brita Slim Pitcher that I got for $13; it turns tap water into good-tasting drinking water (it eliminates the chlorine taste!!). Add a coffee machine / water boiler and you have fresh tea & coffee at all times 🙂
I signed up for a weekly yoga class (every thursday morning from 7:30-8:30am) to force myself to get up early 😀 I really enjoy the yoga class. It's pretty intense, though. My residency also offers a free gym mebership. It's a only one rather small room with a couple of weights, a treadmill and some elliptical machines but it's all you really need. I should go there more often…
Engaging in clubs is also a great way to make friends. I'm in my residency's french language club (movie nights with free popcorn. yay!) and there's a weekly knit night on campus. Other than that, my residential advisor often organizes floor / house events where you get to explore the city or try new restaurants 🙂
I'll share some more information on my classes when I survived all the midterms (starting tomorrow!). If you have any questions leave a comment or send me an email 🙂