RESIDENCE LIFE: Roommate Problems

Roommates. That will be the ‘topic of the day'(honestly, could I get any cheesier? Yes, yes I could). Looking at some of the search terms on my blog, LOTS of people seem to be curious about residence life (what to buy, what life on res is like, roommates, etc). I have done quite a few posts about residence life, so be sure to check those out! 🙂 BUT never have I done one about roommates – so why not do it now! 

I myself DID have a roommate, but I knew her from before, so it made things that much better. Some people advise you not to room with your friends, there have been cases where people go into university as friends, they become roommates, and then they come out as being…well…not friends. Not to worry though, there have also been many successful stories as well. I know of quite a few people that actually roomed with their friends from school, and they had no problems whatsoever. All in all, it’s your choice whether or not you want to be roomed with your friend. Benefits of being roommates with someone you know — brand new university, away from home, it’s nice to have something that’s a ‘constant’ as you’re starting at a new university. 

So for those of you that are going to be matched up with a completely RANDOM person. UBC does an AWESOME job with roommate matches, it’s usually quite rare that people are matched up with the ‘wrong’ person. At the beginning of the year all the residents(with roommates) attend this thing called ‘Roommate Bootcamp’ — here you’re taught about what it’s like living with a roommate(this event is put on by your resident advisors), and you do activities with your roommates(kind of like an icebreaker type of thing). Also, you sign a Roommate Contract —- on this contract they have things like when you each want it to be quiet in your room, until what time are people allowed to be in your room, how you guys will share things, etc. If you have problems with your roommate further into the year, you talk to your RA(Resident Advisor) and they will bring out the contract that you signed…and go over it with you and your roommate — if things cannot be resolved after going over this contract, you are allowed to request a room switch, there is a small fee for this, and you will be accommodated based on the availability of rooms(could be a single room, or another double room).

Most roommates end up being really close friends, and usually they are your first friends at UBC, some roommates aren’t very ‘close’ – but that’s just how some are. It really depends on the people, and as long as you GET ALONG, things will be fine, and if you don’t, no need to worry, things will get worked out. 🙂 

Summer Vacay-ay.

I just want to address the fact that this post will be pretty random in content— and it probably won’t even flow together…because I’m just going to ramble on about stuff in no particular order – so LALALALALALALA. 

It hasn’t even been a full week since I have been ‘done’ with exams – but it already feels as though it has been a few weeks…. ODD. Regardless, I am not complaining, I clearly deserve having this time off after such a crazy year. 😀 I can finally read some books – I have actually not read a single novel for pleasure/leisure this whole year – WHAT is up with that. Definitely looking for some reading suggestions, I’m up for anything! I still can’t believe that I am going into second year in September… like WHAAAT – it makes me feel a bit old… I know of quite a few people that will be attending UBC as first years in September, and I am absolutely STOKED for them to experience what I experienced in the last eight months. 

How do I feel about being off for summer already? I don’t think it has COMPLETELY hit me yet — the longest that I have been away from UBC this year was just over 2 weeks, and that was back in December for Christmas break. It is quite a weird feeling knowing that I won’t be seeing people for some time..and just the other day, I was looking through pictures on Facebook that my friends had posted of first year, it really made me feel nostalgic – I just want to soak it all in SLOWLY, and extend the year as much as possible, you know? To all you incoming ‘freshmen’ – cherish every moment of your first year, it’s only 8 months long, that’s a lot shorter than a regular year in high school, so get out of your comfort zone, take opportunities to meet new people(drunk or sober – whichever works for you!), and just HAVE FUN!

Home Sweet Home

I have had this page for a ‘New Post’ open since last night, I really wanted to make a post last night, but then I couldn’t bring myself to do it, and then I was going to this morning, but I didn’t feel like the time was right..I’m weird like that. I moved out of Vanier yesterday- it was definitely a sad experience. A couple of my friends that were still there came to say bye, and in my opinion, having people there to say goodbye just makes the whole thing a whole lot harder(I’m glad they came though!). I am going to miss them SO much, and hopefully I don’t have to wait four months to see all of them, I WILL see a few over the summer I’m sure. When I went to check out, it really started to hit me that it was practically over. In a way I feel like a lost sheep….school was my life for the last 8 months…. school + seeing all my friends pretty much EVERY single day! When I was sick of doing work…. I would just call up someone and they’d come over pretty much right away…or just walk down the hallway and see people. Every day I would see people and it was a fun time. When you live with people for 8 months, you get pretty close to them — it’s NOTHING like high school where you see people for 6 hours a day 5 times a week. These people see you at your worst, and at your best – they will BE THERE for you when you need them, it’s a whole different kind of friendship/relationship. My house in residence— the people in the house were practically like FAMILY, you know they are always there, even if some of them just drive you to insanity and back, they’re still there for you and care about you. We all got on each other’s nerves at times, when exams come around people get snappy, but we all got over that. When things get rough with schoolwork and stuff, you can count on them to help you through it because they’re going through the same things as you. People pulled countless all nighters with each other for exams and papers, and just purely to have fun. I am already missing the whole ‘family’ aspect of living in residence. And that will probably be the biggest thing that I will miss about first year. Even right now the thoughts that come to mind are about hanging out with those people, but now I’m here, and they’re all at home(some are thousands and thousands of kilometres away), it’s just not as easy anymore. And I want to thank all of the people I met at UBC, you all have shaped me in great ways, and I would not be who I am today if it weren’t for you guys. (*sappy*)

Last Night In Residence! – ‘but all of our bridges burned down’

Payphone – Maroon 5 ft. Wiz Khalifa – This song is amazing, it just came up so fast, one day I was on YouTube and I saw a bunch of covers for this song, and I was like WHERE?! HOW?! WHAT?! WHO!? I find it really catchy…and in some ways relate-able. Another really catchy song would be Whistle by  Flo Rida — some compare this to Right Round, in the sense that it’s ‘dirty’ – but let’s look past that. 

I move out of residence tomorrow. :O LOTS of people moved out today, it made me feel so sad — this is it, this is the end of first year….something I never thought would come as fast as it did. What am I supposed to do with my life now that first year is over, and I have 4 months until I’m back at school again. I can say that it is such an unexplainably odd and unfamiliar feeling, knowing that I’m not ‘expected’ to be reviewing/studying for something, but frankly, I love it! I am really excited to go back home and be back in my house, and eat home-cooked food, but at the same time I’m going to miss all of my amazing friends that I made here at UBC – especially the internationals that I won’t be able to see over the summer ( can’t wait until September when I get to see you guys again!). Summer 2012 will be an amazing summer, filled with great memories, and second year at UBC will be stellar I am sure. 

Now to continue with packing up my dorm room. You have no idea how hard it is to just pack up my life like that, each time I see something I think of a memory that comes with it. Nostalgic, indeed. 

FIRST YEAR = OVER. HOLLA!

YES! FIRST YEAR. IS OFFICIALLY OVER. This is so crazy. My last final was Physics — it was…’interesting’, some would say that it was probably the easiest thing they have done in their life. But I on the other hand, I don’t really like to say that an exam was really easy(that goes for ANY exam) 😛 

So what to do with my life..hmm. It’s such an odd feeling being here at university knowing that there is nothing that I HAVE to do (academically). This is truly FREEDOM. It has been an amazing past 8 months and I am incredibly sad to be leaving first year residence, but MARINE DRIVE HERE I COME NEXT YEAR! 😀 I’m planning on doing a first year overview kind of post – perhaps it will be helpful to the newcomers aka ‘Class of 2016’, PLUS it will be interesting to read later on in the future. Lots of people have been moving out of Vanier in the last few days, I’m not going to lie, it was depressing seeing people leave, even the ones that I don’t know — it marks an end, but yet a beginning. 

 

SUMMER2012. 

Two More Days Until First Year is OVER!

Yes. Two more days until first year is completely done with for me. Just a Physics exam separating me from summer. I’ve been seeing people moving out of residence since mid last week…and to be frankly honest, it’s suddenly all becoming so much REAL-er to me. First year is practically over…..people have been finished with exams for over a week now — super scary stuff. I love where everything is at right now with my life and I am going to miss my friends tremendously over the summer — although I sure hope that I will be able to see some of them during the summer! And the once September comes around — HELLO SECOND YEAR! I will definitely miss being a first year living on first year rez, a lot of my friends from residence are living off campus next year — kind of sad that I won’t be able to see them very often during second year. 😦 All this reminiscing and it being the end of the year just makes me want to hang out with all my friends instead of studying.. GRR. 

Physics 101- Monday. Not completely sure how I feel about this final, I just really want to finish off the year STRONG, I know that some people that have Physics as their last exam don’t even care…they just know that they’ll be DONE once it’s over. I on the other hand, DO want to do well on the exam, like I said… FINISH STRONG. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous the past few days and that’s a problem because I just feel like I want to enjoy the sun. UBC is beautiful when it’s sunny out. 

CLASS OF 2016 – I am TREMENDOUSLY excited on your behalf for you guys all starting first year at UBC in September – you will have a blast guaranteed! Judging by the search terms, that have led you to my blog – most of you are curious about residence life and which courses to take and such. I have a post about UBC Residence ( Totem vs. Vanier) so feel free to check it out, and as said before, if you have any questions about anything, be bold and ask!

 

On a COMPLETE side note — I have decided that once school is over with, I am going to get a Pinterest. I told myself that I would NOT get that, but after being on it the past few days, looking at other peoples ‘pins’, I was just so intrigued by it! #followingthecrowd  <– OH HASH TAG. 

 

My Universe….Will Never Be The Same…

Glad You Came – The Wanted ... I find that song to be quite enjoyable, although I didn’t really show much interest when that song first came out — but then again that’s how I ‘like’ some songs, I tend to dislike them when they first come out.. maybe it’s due to the fact that they’re overplayed? I’m not really sure. 

It was a GORGEOUS day out today, with the sun shining, and the sky blue-ing (blue skies is what  I’m trying to get at with that one). But unfortunately I didn’t get to enjoy it as much as I wanted to. It has clearly been too long since my skin has seen sun…. I went outside and I could barely stand to stand in the sun because it was so hot! It’s kind of sad actually….finals are taking over. I don’t remember studying as much for December finals —- those marks sure reflected that. *oops!*  I was too busy playing Tetris Battle — that really did take up all my studying time back then(major timewaster), PLUS it was my first ever university finals season — I didn’t think they’d be as bad as they actually turned out to be. *sigh*  … AND …. it was almost Christmas time and I was more interested in socializing with people from my house because they still seemed ‘new’ and I knew I’d miss them over Christmas break, so I wanted to cherish every last bit I could before break —- kind of a mistake in the sense that more socializing happened than studying. Oh the mistakes young ones make. *tsk tsk* Well anyways, I’ve learned my lesson this time around. My Chemistry final is on Wednesday — and I’m practically LEARNING most of it, and then I have Biology as well next week — which I’m not going to lie, I’m slightly scared for, considering the midterm class averages….. maybe there will be room for scaling? I don’t know, I’m not going to rely on that, I’m going to just give it my all and try to excel. In 10 days I will be done with finals, and in 12 days I will be out of this place; mind blowing. 

I’m in a Taylor Swift mood right now — it’s when I just listen to Taylor Swift songs and feel like I can relate to them a lot more than usual. On another note, I’m quite surprised at how well I’ve kept up with the anonymosity (I most definitely just made that word up.) of this blog. I think about three people know about this blog, of which two of them go to this university, one being my roommate(not too surprising that she knows) — but it just intrigues me. Well back to studying. 

First Final Done And Over With.

So this morning — 8:30 a.m. was my first final exam of this finals season. Math 101. Did I conquer it like a beast? Ahhh…probably not as beastly as I wanted to conquer it…..BUT all in the same….I think I passed(or I sure hope I did!) I studied A LOT for that final…most people did because they weren’t in a very good position to begin with. But in the end we all know that a good amount of scaling will be happening…. *crosses fingers* 

Just two weeks until I’m out of residence, and back at home —- it’s a sad thought. I’m going to miss all the amazing people that I met this year, and I’m going to miss my ‘home away from home’ in residence..I just wish I could just come back in September and live in the same place with the same people. This year has been the best year of my life for sure, I’ve learned a lot of things through different experiences and coming to UBC was the best decision that I have ever made! I am thoroughly excited for all you new first years to have the time of your lives here! 

Anyways, backtracking a little bit….I was wanting to make a post over the weekend– but didn’t manage to find the time to unfortunately. BTW: The weather last weekend was GORGEOUS!!! So as I had said previously, Thursday was the AMS Block Party — it was a fun experience, although it was disappointing in the sense that if you were 18 you had to stand outside of the fence — only 19+ could be in front of the stage area…we were never told that…we were only informed of the fact that you had to be 19+ in order to have access to the beer garden (which makes sense because 19 is the LEGAL drinking age here). Many 18 year-olds left early — we had better things to do than watch our fellow 19+ people having all the fun. On the bright side — Friday was the Totem-Vanier ‘Beach, Please’ dance — let me tell you, I HAD A BLAST!!! BEST.DANCE.EVER. As the name of the dance suggests, it was beach themed, and they had an awesome DJ, beach balls, glow sticks, a photo booth, energy drinks, etc. It was SUPER fun and a FANTASTIC way to finish off the year before exams. TPRA and PVRA did NOT disappoint!  My house also had a year end barbecue last week, that was enjoyable and relaxing. I don’t really remember what I did on Saturday – I think I just studied Math — same goes with Sunday (although there was a lot of relaxing on Sunday), and the Monday and Tuesday I just did some major studying for Math. 

Today I am just going to relax a bit — and then maybe look into studying some Chemistry, I am completely lost with organic Chem — so I really have to catch up all of that stuff! 

LDOC – Last Day of Classes – for the rest of them folk.

TODAY IS IT! IT IS LDOC (Last Day of Classes) – although if you read my previous post, you would know that my last day was yesterday due to a cancelation of a class today. 😀 

The weather is PERFECT. Sun shining, blue skies, slight breeze. You know…perfect weather for the AMS BLOCK PARTY! I am extremely excited. Most people started drinking this morning, can’t wait to see them tonight, they’re going to be….you know…..ddddrrrunkk(less severe term). 🙂