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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. 17, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

  • Wednesday, December 8: Last day of classes for most faculties
  • Saturday, December 11: Exams begin for most faculties
  • Wednesday, December 22: Last day of exams for most faculties

More important dates and deadlines


Explore ways to foster mental health with the Thrive 5

Research consistently points to five ways that can help live, learn, and work well. We call these the Thrive 5, and they are simple, easy-to-implement ways to help support your mental health. The Thrive 5 are: moving more, sleeping soundly, eating well, giving back and saying hi.

While the Thrive 5 are some of the most cited ways to foster and maintain mental health, they are not the only ways. It is important to discover the things that help you build resiliency and cope during challenging times — that’s what Thrive is all about!

Watch the Thrive 5 video to learn more


November 19: Trans day of remembrance

Honour Transgender Day of Remembrance by stopping by an interactive booth outside the UNC by the rainbow staircase. Hosted by the Pride Resource Centre, UBC Equity & Inclusion Office, and the Trans Peer Mentorship Program, this event is happening on November 19 from 11 am to 1 pm. There will be candles, resources, refreshments and a collaborative art piece. All students are welcomed and encouraged to stop by.

Learn more


December 1: Free food skills workshop - holiday baking with Sierra

The results are in and it’s clear that students want more free food skills workshops! Campus health has one more to offer this semester: holiday baking with Sierra. 

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 that you are BUSY. Learning a new skill like cooking or baking can seem overwhelming. Let us guide you and you follow along at home with the free ingredients provided!



Other events this month

November 18
Glow with the Flow Yoga

November 24
Lunch & Lift Wellbeing Workshop

November 18 to December 2
Intercultural Sport Series

More on-campus events & programs



Considering grad school? Here's what you should know.

If your graduation date is coming up soon, you’ve probably given a thought or two to grad school and whether it’s the right choice for you. If you’re feeling unsure, we’ve got a few tips to help you choose your next adventure after grad in our latest blog post.

If you’re planning your application for a graduate program at UBC Okanagan, the College of Graduate Studies is holding a webinar about building a strong application on November 18. You can register here: Applying to Graduate School at UBC Okanagan.

Read the blog



Late-night study snacks for every mood

We’re getting close to the end of the semester, which probably means a lot of long nights ahead. But never fear, snacks make everything better and we have a list of study snacks for whatever mood you’re in. 

I'm feeling hungry



Reminder: wellness supports are available

With midterm break ending and exams around the corner, we know student life can get stressful.

Free, anonymous support is available for all UBCO students. Whether you need someone to talk about relationships, academic stress, anxiety, depression, or trauma, support is available 24/7 for a wide array of topics. You can choose to with a counsellor or life coach in a way that works for you, with options including face-to-face, virtually, or via phone. Help is here for you. 

Learn more



Enter "The Break Escape" contest to win a trip to Tofino

Hey, UBC students! Plan your local getaway with alumni UBC’s The Break Escape contest.

You could win a two-night Fly & Stay Package to Tofino and a $500 gift card towards your travel from alumni UBC, your future alumni association.

Open to all currently registered UBC students. Contest closes December 15, 2021.

Enter here



Swimming passes: 3 for $10 at Parkinson Recreation

Is the colder weather calling you inside? Recreation has the perfect indoor activity to keep you moving this fall! Give swimming a try at Parkinson Recreation for only $10 for 3 passes!

Purchase your swimming passes at the Customer Service desk in the Hangar.

Parkinson Recreation pool schedule



Students helping students: food drive

Many students face food insecurity daily. Others are far away from home and do not have access to their favourite foods. The Student Union and UBC Okanagan Library have collaborated on a food drive to help stock the shelves of The Pantry student food bank with items that better suit our diverse campus community. Taste of Home Food Drive encourages UBCO staff, faculty, and students to donate unique and nutritious items to ensure that students have more than just Mr. Noodles to choose from. Help give your fellow UBCO students a Taste of Home.

Donations will be collected on the main floor of the UBC Okanagan Library from November 15 to December 15.

Learn more and view a list of suggested items



Want to study in France, Australia, Germany or one of 78 other countries? The deadline to apply is approaching!

Are you interested in finding out more about how to incorporate an exchange or international learning experience into your degree? Check out our video series, Go Global 101, and stop by during drop-in hours. The deadline to apply for Round 1 is December 14, 2021!




What's in your drugs?

The UBCO Harm Reduction Team is offering a free, confidential service to get your drugs checked with an FTIR machine. Find us from 5:30-7:30 pm on Tuesdays in Nechako 231 and on Thursdays in the Student Health Clinic (UNC 337). Come by to check it out, ask questions, and learn more! We don't collect any identifying information, and no registration is required.

Learn more

Contact the harm reduction team:

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Where to find food in the Okanagan - help us make a map!

Whether you are new to the Okanagan or have lived here your whole life, it can be tough sometimes to figure out where to go to access certain foods. Looking for ingredients to make that special dish your family makes or reminds you of home? Wondering what food stores and restaurants offer student discounts or have really great deals on food or menu items? Trying to find a place that sells food that fits your dietary, religious, or cultural needs? Help Campus Health build a map that shows where to access these foods. We have made a small start to the map, but we need help adding more. Check out the Campus Health webpage for more information on how to add your favorite places!

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