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GradStart Prep Day: Getting Ready for Your Grad Journey

August 29, 2023 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm PDT

Welcome to UBC! Apart from our 2023 GradStart Orientation Main Day event on August 31, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies staff members and your UBC graduate peers have also put together some workshops to help you kick-start your graduate journey.

All sessions will be hosted online, and the workshops will be recorded. AMA panels will not be recorded.  Please note: all times are in PDT, and you can use this handy time converter to see what time it will be where you are.

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10:00 – 10:35: Wheel of Life
Join this session to learn more about wellness and how to maintain a healthy work-life balance to boost your productivity and make your graduate journey more fruitful and enjoyable.
Levonne Abshire, Director, Health Equity, Promotion and Education

10:45 – 11:15: Supervisory Relationships
Join this session to learn more about how to build and maintain a healthy and productive relationship with your supervisor(s).
Brianne Howard and Emily Pitcher, Academic Support, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

11:30 – 12:00: Ask Me Anything: Grad Student Panel (focused on staying well in grad school and life in Vancouver)
Your graduate peers will share their experiences and tips and answer your questions with a focus on creating community at UBC and exploring Vancouver.

12 – 1 pm BREAK

1:00 – 1:35: Your Grad School Strategy
Join this session to build your road map for navigating your academics, and learn about academic and professional development opportunities available at UBC.
Jacqui Brinkman, Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.

1:45 – 2:15 Career Planning from the Start
Join this session to learn some strategies to combine your career planning with graduate study.  We will have topics specific to both course-based & research-based graduate students.
Danielle Barkley, Graduate Career Educator, Career Centre

2:30 – 3:00: Techniques and Tools for staying organized and productive
Join this session to explore strategies for task and time management to help keep you on track in your graduate journey.
Conny Scheffler, Manager, Graduate Pathway to Success, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

3:15 – 3:45: Ask Me Anything: Grad Student Panel (focused on academic success/topics)
Your graduate peers will share their experiences and tips and answer your questions with a focus on academic success/topics.