Experience UBC 2018, held on February 14, drew nearly 800 grade 10 and 11 students to UBC’s Okanagan campus from across the Okanagan and Nicola Valleys. Their excitement and eagerness to explore was evident as soon as they stepped foot on campus. It is worth highlighting that the majority of students who attended Experience UBC came from communities outside the immediate region, some as far as Revelstoke, Merritt, and the Southern Okanagan. If not for Experience UBC, these students may not have had another opportunity to visit a university campus.
Additionally, approximately 40 UBC students took the time out of their busy reading break schedules to volunteer as peer leaders for the event. They welcomed our visitors in typical Okanagan fashion, full of excitement and eagerness to show off campus and the academic community they call home.
Students enjoyed a variety of sessions from the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, School of Engineering, School of Health and Exercise Sciences, School of Nursing, and Faculty of Management. From learning to make ice cream from liquid nitrogen, participating in the multilingual translation and sing-a-long to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way, exploring the Human Anatomy lab, there were new experiences around every corner.
Here is what students had to say about Experience UBC:
“Great sessions, found the classes to be a good taste of what university arts classes are. The speakers were engaging and provided interesting and appropriate materials for us high school students.”
“I loved the whole thing; the professors were funny, excellent speakers and clear about what the programs offered.
“A great amount of information about things relevant to my future and all the questions answered and knowledge of what to expect from that program or any at UBCO.”
“This was so much fun and so helpful for me. I honestly think this experience helped me decide the path I want to take.”
We would like to thank our campus partners and volunteers for helping us host such a great community engagement initiative. It would not have been possible without your support.