Just to give you guys a headsup, this past Monday, Sarah and I met up (for the first time!) and had a chat with A-Professor-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (for now). It was eye-opening, it was inspiring, and it went admittedly a bit over my head, especially when we were discussing his research. (Almost as if there would be a gaping knowledge gap between what undergraduate students could grasp and the academic works created for a PhD; nevertheless, extremely interesting and we all tried, with rather entertaining results - you'll see!). Most of all, it was a blast and we're grateful for the opportunity to learn so much about the program and about both a lecturer and mentor in it!
Coming soon to a phone or computer screen near you, The Interview: A Blog Collab and Not The James Franco and Seth Rogen Movie That Caused North Korea To Declare War On the United States, But They Will Probably Be Released Around the Same Time, With the Latter Doing Significantly Better in the Box Office.
Here's a sneak peek, and coincidentally, a hint to our interviewee's identity: our first, icebreaker question-
We noticed the first thing we see when we click to your home page is a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. What do you love most about them, how did they inspire you as a kid, as an adult, and how do they compare to other comics for you?
Unwinding is something we all do differently, and those with a busy schedule will agree that time off is something golden and to be cherished. ISCI’s all about making connections in science, so I connected my knowledge of well studied psychological benefits and applied it to…. slacking. Just kidding – but you can use knowledge to cognitively re-frame (or think of) taking time off as being productive, which it is! Yes, “you do you”! What did you do over the weekend? Stress release!
Short bursts of stress = healthy. Prolonged stress = detrimental
Bottom line: use preventative measures on stress, like (1) being prepared for challenges and (2) feeling socially connected, and remember to break up prolonged stressful times with (3) exercise and (4) relaxation.
SCI Team’s ‘Get Into Volunteering' Event
Volunteering can be doubly beneficial; a feel-good event for both the receiving individual(s) and for the volunteer. Furthermore, I want to become a physiotherapist, and like many other programs, it requires involvement in the community. This event last week featured multiple booths offering volunteering opportunities, some of which that include “Right to Play” and “Learning Buddies Network”. In addition, they also had a guest speaker give advice on what to do to get involved. Events like this might not seem like direct stress relief, but feeling prepared to meet future goals (applications, being well-studied for finals, etc, can definitely minimize stress). SCI Team hosts numerous events throughout the year, so to get involved/attend events check out:
SOCIAL ASPECT (2) + EXERCISE (3): (Not to be confused with avoidance coping, for all of you out there in psychology)
The Calendar’s “Digital Zoo” Dance Party
If I had one word for my music taste, it would be eclectic. My iPod is the jack-of-all-trades, good for a bit of everything. So the insistent techno/electronic beats were a bit redundant for me, but it did mesh with the “digital” theme. However, I loved seeing so many fellow students I knew, and it was definitely a way to connect, celebrate and let out some energy.
But how do I know about these events? UBC Calendar of course! Check them out if you want to "shake it off, shake it off".
EXERCISE (3) + RELAXATION (4):
Time to get a little (a lot) sweaty. In the Vancouver, the city that brought you lululemon, you’ll find yoga studios are almost as easy to spot as sushi vendors. Recently, I’ve tried one nearby UBC in Wesbook village, called ‘Hot Box Yoga’. They’re newly started and offering a promotion; like them on Facebook and they’ll give you a free session, so of course I had to go stretch it out.
The session I attended was called ‘Detox’, run by Alyx Kottmeier. Armed with towel, mat, and gigantic water bottle, my first thought was ‘unusual’ – mirrorless, upbeat music infused studio. Turns out, unusual was the definitely the theme; the instructor balanced maintained poses with quick transitions, creating a session that had an interval-training feel. We balanced in poses that should be reserved for figure skaters...
I felt like Julia Lipnitskaya, I felt like I deserved a medal after surviving that one! (kidding, don't worry, what we did was fun.) Alyx instructed us to help hold our neighbour’s leg in the air while doing this pose:
I came precariously close to tumbling everyone (domino effect!) while my friend struggled not to be grin at my less-than-stellar bending skills) but even with that said, I enjoyed my sweat session and left feeling spectacularly refreshed.
In summary: never feel guilty about finding time for yourself. For whatever amidst work or school aspirations you’re putting copious amounts of time and dedication into, remember that a touch of time off will keep you laughing.
On that rather cheesy note, good luck with your finals, you can ace ‘em!
'THE HAIRSTYLE, I SWEAR I MEAN THE HAIRSTYLE!' (said Nicki Minaj, never)
Anonymous UBC Confessions contributor, I commend you. I've been seeing this everywhere, and the first couple of times I thought, 'well, unique is interesting, I guess.'
Then I saw it again... and again a week later, until now I've been seeing it almost every day during my wanders on campus. So I figured, what are the opinions on this one? Is this going to be as big as the parade of Hunter boots around campus for the sheer functionality of it? I mean, if you can avoid getting your hair cut for months on end, as you commit to a hip new look, that's a win-win situation, right? (Haircut costs made up in elastics lost all over the place, don't say I didn't warn you.)
I was walking with a wonderfully sassy friend of mine and spotted one of these fabulous looks, and interrupted the flow of conversation to ask, with perfect subtlety and absolute discretion, with a nod in his direction,
"So, what do you think of man buns?"
WELL, I got about a million and a half sidelong glances from everyone in earshot for that one (GUYS I SWEAR IT WAS IN CONTEXT, PLEASE BELIEVE ME, I CAN'T HELP MY LOUD VOICE). Gold star for me, my life is actually a game of how many times I can be on
My friend never did answer me on that one, she was too busy laughing. Really though, these man buns are all over the place, even Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is rejecting that fantastical flow..
for something much more fun (hair in the eyes, please, he's above that).
The man bun, or the mun, or whatever you feel like calling it, may have shown up a while ago (and been somewhat pioneered by Hollywood in general) but I'm thanking all of you lovely UBC students who rock this one everywhere. I'm not taking credit for the compliment, but I'm definitely a fan.
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About Me: My major is Integrated Sciences; I'm integrating physiology and psychology, and completing a minor in kinesiology. The movie 'The Imitation Game' blew my mind, and every piece done by the artist Alex Cherry is spectacular. Also, if you look up the definition of a bookworm, you'll find me.
Integrating Physiology and Neuroscience!
I like hanging out at Tower Beach but you can usually find me studying at Ponderosa even though I don't live there.