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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.

March 3, 2021

In this issue:

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Upcoming dates and deadlines

Mar. 26: Last day to self-drop a course in the SSC

Apr. 13: Last day of classes and last day to withdraw with a W standing

If you need to drop a course, do so early. If in doubt, contact an Academic Advisor to discuss your options.

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Enter the alumni UBC Student Tuition Contest to win $2,500 towards your tuition

Hey UBC Students. Studying is hard work but entering this contest isn't!

Win $2,500 towards your UBC tuition to make your academic life a little easier. Two prizes will be awarded — one for the UBC Vancouver campus and one for the UBC Okanagan campus.

Enter for your chance to win! Open to all currently registered UBC students. Contest closes March 14.

Enter the contest

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New from the blog: 4 ADHD-friendly strategies to keep your term on track

If you often find yourself struggling to stay on task, feeling unmotivated, or noticing your attention wandering during a long lecture — you aren’t alone!

Maintaining focus and attention can be a challenge for many UBCO students adjusting to the more independent learning style required at university, and may be particularly tough for students with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

We met up with professional ADHD coach, Dan Duncan, for some expert advice and strategies to help improve study habits for university students with ADHD (and anyone else struggling with motivation).

Read more

NourishU, a 31-day nutrition journey

Win prizes daily during Nutrition Month this March

Feeling frustrated, anxious or out of control around food? Trying to “eat healthy” but don’t feel like you have enough willpower?

Join us for NourishU, a 31-day nutrition journey to transform your relationship with food. All UBC community members welcome.

Daily prizes to be won, plus a grand prize: an air fryer!

Register now and complete all 31 days to be eligible to win the grand prize.

Register here

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Voting for the SUO Board of Directors 2021/22 election

The voting period for the SUO Board of Directors 2021/22 Election is almost over! In light of the difficulties faced by local, domestic, and international students over the past year, it is of paramount importance that the members of UBC Okanagan engage with their student representatives and hold them accountable to creating a flourishing student-life during the terms to come.

Voting closes on March 3 at 11:59 p.m.

Voting is accessible through WebVote: students can sign onto the SSC, navigate to the ‘Grades and Records’ tab, and select ‘WebVote’ in the drop-down menu. Candidate platforms are available on the Official Elections Webpage or on the @SUO_Elections Instagram account. See you at the polls!

Vote now!

You've got what it takes.

Are you ready to job hunt?

UBCO has hundreds of student job and volunteer opportunities coming up in the next month. Make your application stand out with a strong resume and impressive interview skills. Career Services has free workshops for UBCO students to help build a competitive resume and ace an interview.

  • Resume Building: March 9 at 11 a.m. PT
  • Interview Skills: March 15 at 5 p.m. PT

Find a workshop

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Jobs are scheduled to be posted mid-April. Opt-in to receive a one-time notification once the postings are live.

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Career Development Week for International students

Launch your career

Learn how to navigate the Canadian workplace as an International student with Career Development Week. Happening March 8 to 12, this virtual event will feature sessions to help you become acquainted with culture in the Canadian workplace. Learn how to create a competitive resume, position yourself as a strong candidate, and apply for work permits. There will also be networking opportunities, and information on how to stay in Canada as a worker after graduating.

Learn more

Procrastination Avoidance Week

Procrastination Avoidance Week

It can be difficult to study and focus on assignments while learning remotely. Stay on-task with the help of the peers and pros in the Student Learning Hub, and experts from academic institutions all over Canada! Procrastination Avoidance Week is a collaborative, weeklong, online event. From goal setting and improving concentration, to tips on editing and proofreading, you can pick and choose from a variety of sessions to meet your unique needs.

Join us March 8-12 and gain strategies to help you stay organized, control stress, find resilience, and develop productive routines. Virtual spaces and communities will give you the opportunity to connect with others and stay accountable for your goals.

Learn more

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Pre-order your UBCO ‘Green Ribbon’ crewneck and support student mental health

With every purchase of the limited-edition ‘Green Ribbon’ crewneck, you are helping support and bring awareness to mental health resources for our UBCO student body. Green symbolizes the continual awareness of mental health to help fight the stigma that is often associated it. All proceeds from sales will benefit the B.A.R.K. Program providing canine therapy for UBCO students.

Launched by the alumni UBC ‘Student Legacy Project’ at UBCO, this student-led initiative promotes awareness to the impact students can make.

Available for $30 (plus applicable taxes). Pre-order your crewneck online by March 7 (pre-orders will be shipped in April).

Pre-order your crewneck


Complete UBCO’s Nutrislice Survey for a chance to win a $25 Food Services gift card

Our mission within the Food Services Department at UBC Vancouver/Okanagan is to provide high quality, sustainable, and delicious food offerings to all students on campus. To make this happen, we partnered with Nutrislice, an innovative online menu software that provides convenient and accessible nutrition information wherever you are.

All menus for Sunshine are now available online with complete nutrition information, allergens and dietary preferences. You can access this by searching for “UBC” to download the app or view the menu online.

To meet your needs, we need your feedback! Complete this quick and easy survey (it won’t take more than 5 minutes, we promise!) and enter to win a $25 Food Services gift card. The last day to complete this survey is March 19, 2021. Your feedback is valuable to us and will make a real difference in improving our food services.

On behalf of the entire team, we look forward to tailoring our services to best meet your needs!

Take the survey

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UBC Okanagan Transportation Plan Update

Thank you to all who participated in the public consultation held in November 2020. Feedback was collected from over 500 people who shared their insights about their commuting experiences, perceptions of remote working and learning, and the Transportation Plan draft vision and objectives.

The plan is being developed to support future campus growth, community well-being, and climate action, through strategies that make it more convenient, affordable and sustainable to get to, from and around campus.

Learn more about next steps

Reimagining economic development futures webinar

March 4: Reimagining economic development futures webinar

Global challenges such as climate change, the health and economic insecurities provoked by COVID-19, and the absence of equity, diversity and inclusion are impacting places around the world.

Join panelists from Europe, Africa and North and South America for a discussion on how these challenges impact economic development and what strategies and policies are required to reimagine our economic development pathways over the next 20 years.

Learn more and register

Excel applications for coursework workshop

Excel applications for coursework

Looking to enhance your skills in Microsoft Excel? Register for this online workshop to learn how to use this software for data analysis and to create drawings, charts, pivot tables, equations, shortcuts, and more. Presented by Online Learning Coaches from the Student Learning Hub and members of the Women in Engineering Club.

This session will be of particular interest to students in Math, Science, and Engineering, but is open to everyone. Join us on March 4 from 5–6:30 p.m. PT to improve your Excel skills.

Register here

Golden Apple x I Am Accessible Awards

The Golden Apple x I Am Accessible Awards

Campus Health, the Disability Resource Centre, and UBC Wellbeing are excited to bring you the Golden Apple x I Am Accessible Awards 2021! The Golden Apple Awards celebrate faculty that promote student wellbeing in the classroom or academic environment. The I Am Accessible awards celebrate staff & faculty that create an accessible environment. This is the first year these two student-driven awards will be celebrated together.

This has been an especially challenging year for everyone — now is the time to share how much we appreciate the staff and faculty that have supported us! We are excited to hear from you about who has made this year great and how they did it. You have until Sunday, March 7 to nominate a faculty or staff member that really contributes to the wellbeing and/or accessibility of/for students. We will be holding an online awards ceremony at the end of March — stay tuned for more information.

Nominate a faculty or staff member

Student participating in a virtual fitness class

Upcoming Rec events

Recreation is here for you.

Recreation is offering a wide array of programs and events for our staff and faculty. Compete in a Badminton Ladder, shoot hoops through our Register and Play program, paint wood signs to decorate your home, or get outside with cross country and snowshoe events. There's something for everyone!

Learn more

Recreation newsletter

Recreation is launching a new newsletter! Keep in the know with cooking classes, yoga, physical activity coaching, paint nights and more. Newsletters will be sent on the last Sunday of every month.

Stay up to date with Rec

Move UBC Wellbeing Challenge

Join the Wellbeing Challenge, a celebration of movement and nutrition that invites faculty and staff to explore opportunities to move and eat well.

Participants will discover the many options for healthy eating and physical activity, and be entered to win a $500 gift card to their favourite fitness-related shop or $250 for a local restaurant.

Challenge closes on March 5, so enter soon!

Learn more

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