It is never too early to plan your next move! Every student is on their own journey, and they’ve discovered tools, organizational habits, strategies, and resources that help map out the road ahead.
We spoke to six Arts students to gather their advice, and find out which essential resources and UBC hubs have played a pivotal role in shaping their academic experiences from day-to-day organization to career networking journeys.
1. Find organizational tools that suit your everyday
“I use various planning tools like Notion, Google Calendar, Microsoft To-Do, and sticky notes. Using Notion primarily for academic purposes allows me to manage my assignments, notes, and grades in a centralized location. What distinguishes Notion is its user-friendly interface and the availability of ready-to-use templates, enabling me to tailor my school year to meet my desired structure. The flexibility to create multiple pages for various tasks, such as “School”, “Work”, and “Clubs” enhances the efficiency of my time management. In combining the functionalities of the Notion Calendar and Google Calendar, I achieve a dual-calendar strategy that allows me to separate my academic assignments and tests from my general weekly routine, which encompasses classes, work, and dedicated study periods.”
2. Take advantage of the UBC- and Arts-specific services available to help you prepare for your academic term
“Arts Advising, Compass Workshops and networking opportunities are resources Arts students should explore. They have helped me streamline my degree the way I envisioned it as well as discover the opportunities awaiting me beyond the academic environment.”
“For networking and career opportunities, make sure you are signed up to receive emails from your undergraduate office! Each department often has in-depth workshops and networking events that may even provide a meal. It’s a great way to spend your lunchtime on campus, and either expand your learning on career relevant topics, or meet people that can inspire ideas for your career.”