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What is UBCO Life?
UBCO Life is a newsletter delivered twice per month to continuing undergraduate students, featuring academic and social events, upcoming deadlines, university news, and other issues relevant to student life and success at UBC Okanagan.

Nov. 3, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • November 8 to 12 - Midterm break

More important dates and deadlines


November is Thrive Month: Explore your path to mental health

Thrive is an annual mental health literacy campaign that UBC runs each November.

Thrive is for everyone—we all have mental health, and while it might look and feel different for each of us, we all benefit from maintaining and fostering it.

Whatever your pathway may be, we invite you to learn more about mental health and why mental health literacy is an important skill to help you live, work, and learn your best.

Learn more


Nov. 18 - Glow with the flow

Get your flow on with DJ John and yoga instructor Josee!

Join Recreation on November 18 for a glow in the dark yoga class with live beats! Glow sticks and glow paint are provided with the $5 registration fee. Doors open at 8:00 pm and the event runs from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. Bring your own mat if you have one and join us in the Gymnasium.

The first 50 registrants will receive a free t-shirt!

Register or find out more


Intercultural Sport Series

Recreation, Indigenous Programs & Services, and the Global Engagement Office have teamed up with SUO Clubs and community partners to offer a series of cultural sport events. All students are welcome to participate in and learn about intercultural sports while having fun with their friends and making new ones. Examples of activities include traditional Indigenous games, Indian classical dance, Latin dance, introduction to Muay Thai, cricket and more!

Register or find out more


Pumpkin spice and everything nice: Our favourite fall treats on campus

It’s Fall, y’all! Do you know what that means? Pumpkin EVERYTHING. Two UBCO students teamed up to try all the pumpkin-themed snacks and drinks on campus. Read the full blog post to find out the five pumpkin snacks you have to try out right now.

Take me there!



UBC meal share program

Are you a UBC student who finds yourself making the tough choice between paying bills and buying food? Students experiencing food insecurity can apply for non-repayable funds or significant discounts to access food through the UBC Meal Share Program.

This pilot initiative, made possible through the generous support of the UBC community, will run from October 2021 to April 2022 and provide eligible undergraduate and graduate students with funds up to two times each academic term. The program is confidential and is available to current UBCO students who self-identify as experiencing challenges accessing adequate and appropriate food due to financial reasons. Funds will be available at the beginning of each month until they run out.

Learn more and apply for funds or discounts



Food skills workshop: Free ingredients and follow along from home!

Build your confidence in the kitchen and learn some tips and tricks with our free, student-led food skills workshops! We know that being a student means you're busy. Learning a new skill like cooking or baking can seem overwhelming. These free workshops are meant to guide you along and as you build your culinary skills from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Learn more



Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund information session

Do you have a conference, campus initiative, or student competition in mind but not the financial means to make it happen? The Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund is a great resource for clubs, course unions, and passionate students who might be seeking additional support for their creative and innovative ventures. Learn how to create a successful application through our virtual information session.

Happening on Monday, November 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, this information session will guide you through the application process, including budget planning, to help make your initiative come to life.

Learn more



Creating a captivating cover letter and resume

UBCO’s Career Peer Mentors are available to provide resume and cover letter support to all undergraduate students. Schedule a virtual appointment or drop by in person to connect with a Career Peer Mentor.

Learn more



Study with Me sessions

Having trouble staying focused while studying? Join the Student Learning Hub for a group study session to help hold you accountable. Led by a Peer Mentor, this virtual event includes two cycles of the Pomodoro Method of studying: quiet, focused work for 25 minutes followed by a five minute break.

There are a variety of sessions available, including virtual and in-person options or faculty-specific study sessions. Click below to learn more.

Learn more



Tired of how alcohol makes you feel? Learn to drink with fewer risks

Do you like to drink alcohol or are you curious about drinking alcohol? Learn how to use alcohol in lower-risk ways by checking out our new alcohol use modules. You can access the modules by registering for the UBC Okanagan Wellness Centre: Online Canvas shell. Complete the modules and provide feedback for a chance to win a prize valued at $50! Instructions on how to enter to win the prize pack will be included in the modules. The prize winner will be drawn on December 1.




Are you an undergraduate student interested in gaining research experience in an academic setting?

Visit the Undergraduate Research website to find out more about:

  • Research opportunities within your discipline

  • Funding opportunities

  • Tips for getting started in research

Connect with an Undergraduate Research Ambassador who can assist you in navigating UBC Okanagan’s research opportunities to help build upon your academic experience.

Join our mailing list to get updates and information directly to your inbox.

Get started



Thinking of graduate school?

Join us on November 16 from 10 to 11 am for a virtual information session to learn more about the Masters of Fine Arts, Masters of Arts in English, and Digital Arts & Humanities theme in the Interdisciplinary Grad Studies program.

The graduate programs in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies build on the skills and knowledge of faculty members, who will challenge you to explore critical and creative approaches to contemporary cultural issues. Our graduate program coordinators will give advice on the application process, funding opportunities and research pathways.

Find out more and register


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