My life in UBC is way busier than I expected. UBC is so big that I took
more than one month to get familiar with this school. I take five courses plus 1
credit LFS 100 (our faculty's required course) this semester and the result
turns out that I haven't been so busy ever in my life. Classes are huge (around
200~300 people/class) and I have to run between buildings within 10 minutes.
Fortunately I got used of it, but 8 am class every morning is a torture,
especially when winter comes.
Materials in university is generally harder, and professors talk really
fast. In university, you have to be responsible for yourself because no one will
be reminding you what you'll have to do. I have to keep track of when my
assignments' due dates are and when the midterms will be coming up. (Btw, please
tell Mr.Lindholm that Moodle is really really useful. Right now we submit our
homework and obtain info from UBC connect, which is similar to Moodle, so that I
didn't have to spend time on figuring what's that about.)
Generally, we have to spend 3 hours reviewing for one lecture (one class is
50 min) in order to digest what the prof is talking about during the lectures,
and pre-reading is very very important, otherwise you would have no clue when
you attend class. I have 2 midterms (3 midterms for Psych) and 1 final for each
course. However, my midterms are all spread out. The result turns out that my
midterm period is 4 weeks long and the midterm 2 came up one week after I
finished my midterm 1.
Students in UBC are smart and hard working, and many of them took AP and IB
before getting into university, which means they actually know more than I do.
Sometimes it is hard to catch up because some content is really hard.
Recently, many Grade 12s came to me and told me that they are afraid they
would not be able to get into universities because their marks right now are
lower than universities' requirements. What I want to suggest them is to try
their best and they should be fine. And take as many classes as possible because
they may be really useful when you get into university. But I really want to
tell them is enjoy the rest of their high school life because life won't be that
easy when they get into university. That's why I miss SCHS so much.