University is demanding and the transition to university life can be challenging. As you prepare for – and adjust to – life at UBC, make sure to take care of yourself academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. The good habits you establish in first year will serve you well throughout your degree.
Be smart about your studies
Get clear on your academic goals, learn how to manage your time effectively, and strengthen your study skills. If you need a hand getting started, Learning Supports on the Okanagan campus and the Learning Commons on the Vancouver campus are great on-campus resources.
Take care of your body
Choose your food wisely and make time for exercise. To get a better sense of the recreational facilities, fitness classes, intramural teams, and events available, check out Campus Recreation on the Okanagan campus and UBC Recreation on the Vancouver campus.
If you have health concerns at any time, be sure to seek medical attention. Remember, the Health and Wellness Centre on the Okanagan campus and Student Health Service on the Vancouver campus offer on-campus medical clinics that are free for all UBC students.
Connect with others
The best way to meet people at UBC is to find something you’re interested in – a club, a sport, an activity, or an event – and get involved. There’s no shortage of opportunities on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses. Not only will you get to do something you love, but you’ll make new friends in the process. Don’t forget to stay in touch with friends and family at home too – they’ll be curious what you’re up to!
Keep your stress in check
If you find yourself feeling worried, anxious, or stressed, talk to someone. As a UBC student, you have access to one-on-one counselling services and a variety of mental health resources on the Okanagan and Vancouver campuses.