The Ubyssey presents

Guide To UBC

Zubair Hirji
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Kevin Nan, Angela Villavicencio, Z.Aazadeh Raja, Zohrah Khalili, Iman Janmohamed , Jasmine Arora, Winnie Ha, Maheep Chawla, Jackson Dagger, Tina Yong , Farzzen Ather, Benjamin Morrison, Sophia Collins, Jane Diokpo, Jasmine Hathway, Alicia Kuo, Kelly Lu, Shanzeh Chaudhry, Polina Petlitsyna, Riya Gupta, Darcy Bandeen, Caylie Warkentin, Lalaine Alindogan, Peyton Murphy , Vik Sangar, Kathleen Jeanne Haryanto, Daniel Peres, Manya Malhotra, Ariadne Meriweather, Teagan Pettit, Melissa Li, Victoria Lee and Raina Cao

Editor's Note

Welcome, welcome , welcome!

Whether you are a first year or a second year coming to campus for the first time, I truly hope you will find a place to call your own here at UBC. Courses can be difficult, but the hardest part of transitioning to unicersity is negotiating the incredible freedom you have just gained all at once and without precedent. There are a bajilion choices to make, a million places to go and hunderds of people to meet. It's overwhelming to say the least. But know you aren't doing it alone. There are literally thousands of students in the same position as you, looking for a community, like you. All you have to do is find the.

So take that freedom and go out there. Explore who you are. Find out who you want to be. I know it's scary, but I promise you that no matter what mistakes you think you might make, someone has already made them. They turned out just fine and so will you.



We wish to acknowledge that the Guide to UBC was published upon the occupied, traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xwməθkwəyə̓m (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and səli̓ lwətaɁɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh).


Ainsley Carry is the vice-president students at the University of British Columbia. In his 23-year career, he has served as vice-president for students at Auburn University and the University of Southern California.


Saara is a sociology major and health and society minor. She is the executive director of Kite Vancouver and works for UBC's Digital Emergency Medicine team. Saara loves to visit brunch and dessert spots around Vancouver!


Hailey is a fourth-year honours political science student. She is the co-founder of the Canadian Undergraduate Policy Competition and a director at the UBC PSSA. She represented UBC at the 2021 Osaka University Partner Summit.


After studying computer science, microbiology and immunology at UBC, Emily is back for her second year of medical school. She has worked all across campus, from RAing and TAing to working for the AMS, doing research and more.


Emmanuel is going into his fourth year majoring in political science and minoring in law and society. At present, he is the arts student senator and an AMS student-at-large.


Eshana is a third-year student looking to major in international relations. She is the vice-president academic and university affairs at the AMS and a student senator-at-large on the UBC Vancouver Senate.
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