Q: Do we have to pay both term 1 and term 2 fees by september 2, or just term 1? (Sept-dec)

You can pay for both if you really wanted to, but most people just pay for one at a time. 


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Q: Do you know of any Harry Potter club on campus? (that isn't the Qudiditch team?)

I don’t think there are any AMS-registered Harry Potter club on campus, at least as far as I’m concerned. There is a Quidditch team and they actually compete at the national level, just like any other sports team, so it’s a little different than just a Harry Potter club. 

You could always start your own club or see if there is anything related:

http://www.ams.ubc.ca/clubs/leisure/


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URO: Undergraduate Research Opportunities

A lot of you guys want to get into research as an undergrad, so I’ll post a link up here about a club you guys can join to do this! They have a ton of resources you can use to learn how to get into research, it’s also not just for Science students so students in other faculties can definitely join as well. 

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Q: What do you think is a good amount of clubs to join in first year? Do you usually work from the bottom until you can apply for executive positions after you've been involved in the club for 2-3 years? (I'm asking this only because I haven't experienced how much the workload of 5 courses will be, and I don't want to overcommit myself. Was just wondering how much you personally would have joined/ volunteered if you went back 4 years ago and what you think is a good amount? THanks haha)

If I went back 4 years ago, I still wouldn’t join any clubs haha, only because nothing ever caught my eye. Only in the last couple of years did any of the clubs interest me, maybe because my own interests changed. I think I’ll actually join a club or two this time around after having observed everything for 4 years =P.

Don’t join clubs solely for the reason of being an exec or just so you can be like ‘I JOINED 5 CLUBS’, only join if you are interested in them, many of the clubs actually cost money so it’s not like High School where they were free. It’s not usually a lot of money to join, but if it’s something you’re not even interested in, you could’ve spent that money on lunch. You can apply for an exec role whenever you feel like you’re familiar enough with the club to play a bigger role in it. And some clubs are more active than others, so you’ll have to see for yourself how many you should join. 


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Q: For volunteer positions in research labs, how many hours a week are usually expected? Is it once or twice a week, or everyday for a couple hours (like Work Learn but unpaid, I guess)? I really want to try out working in a lab, and so I've applied to a couple of Work Learn positions, but if that doesn't work out I'd happily try volunteering too. Also, how did you decide where to volunteer and how did you approach them to ask about it? Thanks so much for all your help!

It depends on how often the professor, lab manager or grad student needs you. I usually went in once or twice a week for a total of 5-10 hours. 

I was really interested in botany but still wanted to do clinical genetics, and my friend was working in a botany lab at the time which used a lot of molecular biology techniques so she recommended me to the professor. I then got in contact with the professor after my friend got back to me and said that there were a couple of grad students looking for helpers. 

It’s all about networking and talking to people, and letting them know that you want some lab experience. Even though it was a volunteer position, I still learned a lot and developed my molecular biology laboratory skills a lot since in class, we only did a technique once but in the lab, I would do the same techniques over and over again for hours. I also learned that I’m not the best person to have in a lab haha and I’m no longer interested in clinical genetics. 

My friend found her position by emailing a lot of professors in Biology whose research she was interested in and told them she wanted some volunteer experience. 


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Q: Would you recommend to apply for co-op or work learn program?

Both, they’re two different things and offer different experiences. Work Learn is part-time, not always related to what you’re studying but you can learn about different fields. Co-op is full-time, generally related to what you are studying. 


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Q: i was wondering if you had any tips for constructing good rapport with profs/instructors? introduce yourself on the first day, go to their office hours a lot? and building on that, when is it appropriate to ask for a reference from them?

Yeah, you could do that. Personally, I would only ask a professor for a reference if: A) I went to their office hours a lot and was prepared with GOOD questions, if they got to know me personally and I got a good grade in the class or B) I actually worked/volunteered for them, some professors have these opportunities, so take them when they come up!

A lot of Professors and TAs say they get requests a lot from students they don’t know personally, so they would have to reject them even though they got fairly good grades. Otherwise, the only thing they have to say is “They got a good grade”, and that doesn’t make for a very compelling letter. 

In my 4 years, I have to say that I probably only have one professor I could potentially ask for an academic reference from. I took 4 of their courses, with 3 of them having less than 40 students, got As in all of them and also volunteered with the professor on multiple occasions. 


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Q: Did you apply for early admission or regular? Also do you have any tips on applying? Thanks :)

There wasn’t such a thing when I was applying 5 years ago..damn I’m old. I also didn’t have to do the Personal Profile, it was all based on grades. 


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