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2015 Campus Resources

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An introduction to campus resources at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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2015 Campus Resources

  1. 1. CAMPUS RESOURCES September 3rd, 2015 Jenny Phelps, PhD Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies jenny.phelps@ubc.ca 604-822-2934 UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources
  2. 2. Manage courses, program, money  Student Service Centre https://ssc.adm.ubc.ca/sscportal/  Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies https://www.grad.ubc.ca/  Money management help http://students.ubc.ca/enrolment/finances UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources
  3. 3.  UBC Libraries www.library.ubc.ca  Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology http://ctlt.ubc.ca  Research Commons http://koerner.library.ubc.ca/services/research-commons UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Plan for Success
  4. 4.  Academic English Support Program https://cstudies.ubc.ca/student-information/services/academic- english-support  Writing Centre https://cstudies.ubc.ca/study-topic/academic-writing  Access and Diversity http://students.ubc.ca/about/access UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Plan for Success
  5. 5.  Graduate Pathways to Success https://www.grad.ubc.ca/pathways  Centre for Student Involvement and Careers http://students.ubc.ca/about/centre-student-involvement-and- careers UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Build my career
  6. 6.  BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health  AMS/GSS Insurance Plan http://ihaveaplan.ca/rte/en/UniversityofBritishColumbiaAMSGS S_Home UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Live well to learn well
  7. 7. Student Health Service UBC Hospital, 2211 Wesbrook Mall Room M334, Koerner Pavilion http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/services/ student-health-service Online appointment scheduling & results *Emergencies: UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre open until 10 PM 604-822-7011 UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Live well to learn well
  8. 8. Counselling Services Brock Hall 1874 East Mall, Room 1040 http://students.ubc.ca/livewell/ services/counselling-services 604-822-3811 UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Live well to learn well
  9. 9. Common life issues for grad students • Managing relocation and transition to graduate program • Effectively managing multiple demands • Staying connected to family and community • Building social support and healthy relationships • Addressing personal & professional identity issues • Managing mental and physical health issues UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources
  10. 10. Grad Students: Strategies Used to Cope with Stress and to Improve Mental Health 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Women Men Talk with Friends & Family Time off to relax More exercise More regular sleep Break into steps Remind myself of my abilities Improve nutrition Meditate/pray Get professional advice
  11. 11.  If you’re not sure where to go on campus or would prefer not to walk alone at night, call Safewalk at 604-822-5355  You can also use a UBC Blue Phone and ask for Safewalk  Safewalk sends a co-ed pair of walkers to your location at any point on campus and will walk you anywhere else on campus  Visit http://www.ams.ubc.ca/services/safewalk/ for a list of Safewalk hubs UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Safewalk
  12. 12.  UBC Rec (Intramurals and Recreational Sports) http://www.recreation.ubc.ca/  AMS Campus Life Resources http://www.ams.ubc.ca/studentsociety/  Graduate Student Society http://gss.ubc.ca/main/  Graduate Forum https://community.grad.ubc.ca/ UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources Have some fun, connect with others
  13. 13. Get Advice, Resolve Problems UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Campus Resources  Office of the Ombudsperson for Students http://ombudsoffice.ubc.ca/  GSS Advocacy Office http://gss.ubc.ca/main/?page_id=34  Equity and Inclusion Office http://equity.ubc.ca/  International Student Development (“I House”) http://students.ubc.ca/international  Your department Graduate Advisor and Staff  Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  14. 14. Success in Graduate School September 3rd, 2015 UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School Jenny Phelps, PhD Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies jenny.phelps@ubc.ca 604-822-2934
  15. 15. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience • Be your own “project manager” – take initiative to get what you need from your supervisor/committee • Look for (or create) opportunities to help you get what you want from graduate school • Continue the mental transition from waiting for direction to charting your own course
  16. 16. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 2. Establish positive relationships with your supervisor and others • Seek regular contact with your supervisor. Make your time together productive. • Follow up on items discussed in meetings – keep your supervisor(s) informed of your progress and challenges • Act as a “junior colleague” – ask questions, advance ideas, show interest and support for shared goals • Deal with problems sooner rather than later.
  17. 17. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 3. Embrace the wider (even global) academic community • Don’t isolate – reach out within and beyond your program to find collaborators and community. Most research is global! • Get out there! Look into research mobility grants; present at conferences ($500 available to every grad student to present at a conference) • Become involved with University activities beyond your own work—seminars, committees, events
  18. 18. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 4. Develop effective project management strategies • Know your program requirements and set a ‘Master Plan” for achieving milestones, revisit as needed. Give yourself deadlines. • Structure your time and efforts—develop a regular work schedule that works for you. • Schedule regular meetings with your supervisor and committee to keep things moving along • Stay focussed on your goals. Reduce distractions wherever possible.
  19. 19. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 5. Plan for various career paths from the start • There are (usually) many options…explore, then hone in on what seems most interesting to you. • Build both specific and diverse skills for possible careers. Watch for offerings through the Graduate Pathways to Success program, your Dept. and elsewhere. • Develop a network of positive contacts. • Engage with the wider UBC & Vancouver community.
  20. 20. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 6. Prevent or deal effectively with problems Problem Prevent Resolve Supervision Clarify expectations early; develop shared goals Good communication; seek help from Graduate Advisor or Grad Studies Academic progress Clarify expectations early; set and stick to plan Reflect on goals, seek help early from supervisor or Graduate Advisor Financial Plan ahead; make a budget Seek help from program or ESP advisor in Brock Hall Personal Good self-care; connect with others; watch for early trouble signs Reach out to those who care; Counseling Services Academic misconduct Learn about plagiarism & research ethics, get support when feeling pressured ???
  21. 21. 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School 7. Seek balance and support in your life • Stay connected to friends and family outside school • Eat well, sleep consistently, exercise regularly • Reach out to those around you—staff, faculty members and especially other students, who can help you through the tough times • Keep grad school in perspective—be a finisher!
  22. 22. 1. Be proactive – take responsibility for your own grad school experience 2. Establish a positive relationship with your supervisor and others 3. Embrace the wider (even global) academic community 4. Develop effective project management strategies 5. Plan for various career paths from the start 6. Prevent (or deal effectively) with problems 7. Seek balance and support in your life Summary: 7 Keys to Success in Graduate School UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies | Orientation | Success in Graduate School
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  24. 24. Stop. Look. Sort. • Most of UBC’s garbage can be recycled or composted • We need the student population to sort waste properly! UBC’s Zero Waste Initiative • Stop at a bin. Look at the signs. Sort your waste.

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