I have received the questions: “How do you study with the party scene UBC has?” “Do you find it hard to focus on your studies with all the parties going on?” etc etc etc., many many times. My answer to the second one is a flat out: NO. As any other university, parties DO exist at UBC(shocking, no not really), I’m not going to lie and say “Oh yeah, UBC is full of people studying 24/7 and that’s all they ever do, so no parties here” – that’s a load of cow feces, and everyone knows that. Of course there are parties here and it’s ultimately your choice as to how involved in the party scene you’d like to be. UBC has a competitive enough atmosphere for it to have people that are focused on studies and their academic career, to not distract you via parties. It’s cool to go have fun when you can, but if you don’t want to/don’t think you can afford to lose time in that way, then don’t, it’s as easy as that. If you’re constantly being nagged and pressured to go party with friends, to the point of it being a distraction, then stop hanging around them if they aren’t willing to respect your decisions. Go find yourself some new friends that are similarly goal oriented as you and will influence you in a positive manner. Some people can party all night long, every night and still pull off some miraculously fantastic grades, while others, cannot do that, i.e., partying all the time and then ending up on Academic Probation(you do not want that). Your main priority at university is to study and succeed academically, if you don’t put your studies first then you may have to face some unfavourable consequences(this is not a myth). Find the perfect balance that works for you with studying and socializing, you may end up making a few mistakes along the way, but take those as learning experiences. Just don’t hesitate to say no to other people, remember, do what’s right for you, not what is seen as “right” in the eyes of your peers. You’re out to impress grad/post grad schools(if that’s in your education line), not those around you with the party scene.